Pediatric Dentistry in Houston TX
It’s never too early to start your child toward a lifetime of good oral hygiene and health. With regular checkups, dental care and protective sealants, pediatric dentistry from Royal Dental can give even the youngest children a beautiful and healthy smile.
What happens during my child’s first dental visit?
No child is too young for their first dental visit if you have a concern or a question about your child’s teeth or mouth. However, our office recommends that regular dental visits begin just after your child’s third birthday.
At your child’s first routine examination we will:
- Gently examine your child’s teeth and gums.
- X-rays may be taken in order to reveal any decay and to check on the progress of the teeth that are still forming.
- We may also clean his or her teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect against decay.
- Most important of all, we will review with you what you can do at home to care for your child’s teeth.
It’s important to note that infants and toddlers who do not receive an adequate amount of fluoride may be at an increased risk for tooth decay since fluoride helps make tooth enamel more resistant.
If you are not from an area with fluoridated water, we will discuss options for prescription supplements.
How can I prepare my child for their first dental visit?
We are asked this question many times. We suggest that you prepare children for the dentist the same way that you would for their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. If you are nervous about the visit, then the less you say the better. Avoid phrases such as “Don’t worry, it won’t hurt.” before the appointment, and “That wasn’t so bad.” afterwards.
How can I care for my child’s baby teeth at home?
Although rare, decayed baby teeth may need to be removed prior to permanent teeth coming in. To avoid such treatment, it is important to clean your child’s teeth and gums regularly.
- Begin cleaning your baby’s gums by wiping them with a clean, moist cloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur so begin lightly brushing baby teeth as soon as they appear.
- For children younger than 3 years old, clean teeth with fluoride toothpaste in an amount no larger than a grain of rice. Do this twice a day or as directed by a dentist or physician.
- For children 3 to 6 years old, you can increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea-sized amount. Continue to monitor your child’s teeth brushing, twice a day.
- As soon as your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.
What is baby bottle decay and is my child at risk?
Baby bottle decay is caused by frequent and long exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugar such as milk, formula, fruit juices, soda and other sweetened liquids. These liquids fuel the bacteria in a child’s mouth, which produces acids that attack enamel.
Baby bottle tooth decay can also hamper development of the permanent teeth. The teeth most likely to be damaged are the upper teeth.
What are dental sealants and should I consider them for my child?
A young person’s growing teeth have deep pits and fissures that almost always collect food and bacteria. Because the pits are so deep often a toothbrush or even a dental pick cannot reach the trapped food and a cavity develops.
Sealants can fill these indentions and keep the tooth surface cavity free. They are placed without drilling or needles and are completed in a single visit. Sealants are an easy, cost effective way for children to be cavity free.
My child has lost a baby tooth too early, what are my options?
A space maintainer is an appliance that can be either removable or fixed and is designed to maintain an existing space between teeth. They are usually fitted to children when they have lost baby teeth too early. The gap left from losing this tooth needs to be held open for the permanent tooth to correctly and naturally erupt in its correct position when the time is right.
Schedule a consultation
If you would like to bring your child in for a cleaning, contact one of our Houston, TX offices today! Call (713) 330-7700 to schedule a consultation.