Pediatric Dentistry in Huntersville
The Smile Architects provides pediatric dentistry services in Huntersville, NC. Call us at 704-875-1621 to learn more and schedule a dental appointment.
Pediatric dentistry refers to dentistry for children. Beginning good pediatric dental care early in a child’s life, is instrumental in helping form a strong foundation for good health habits for a lifetime.
We understand children have unique dental concerns. Our goal is to help them establish healthy habits and preventative plans to protect their teeth from tooth decay. Our family practice has been fortunate in serving 2nd and 3rd generations.
Beginning good pediatric dental care early in a child’s life, is instrumental in helping form a strong foundation for good health habits for a lifetime. Children with healthy mouths and smiles have a better chance for overall health, resulting in fewer illnesses, fewer absences from school and a better ability to eat healthy foods comfortably. As early as the eruption of a baby’s first tooth, the lifelong commitment to positively impacting your child’s oral health begins. Working in partnership with you and your entire family, the Smile Architects can help you begin your child’s journey to excellent oral health and work towards a lifetime partnership, knowing and treating your child’s individual health needs.
Comprehensive Oral Evaluation / Digital Radiographs
An oral evaluation is recommended every six (6) months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. Dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool used to identify decay, extra teeth, bone defects, tumors, cysts and check the progress of previous procedures.
Regular cleanings help keep gums healthy and teeth cavity-free. A dental cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque and polishing of the teeth to remove stains and prevent further buildup of plaque.
Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities. The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth and “seals” off the tooth from cavity-causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepared for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.
Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at this office as an important component of pediatric dental treatment. The fluoride is applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form.
Custom-fitted mouth guards from your dentist are preferable to cheaper products available from a store. Many school athletic programs require participants to wear a mouth guard. Athletes who are wearing braces will particularly benefit from a custom-fitted mouthguard.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dentistry
When should I start bringing my child in for check-ups and cleanings?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist when their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday. If you have concerns about your child’s oral health, you should see a pediatric dentist immediately.
As soon as a child’s first tooth erupts into the mouth, they are at risk for tooth decay and infections. Early prevention is essential to ensure the proper growth and development of these precious teeth and gums.
A good brushing technique will help remove food particles that may otherwise remain on the surface of your child’s teeth, leading to plaque buildup and ultimately causing cavities if not removed promptly.
How do I know if my child has tooth decay?
Tooth decay is a problem for kids, just like adults. It can lead to tooth loss, other health problems, and even problems with speech development. But you can help your child avoid this by learning how to prevent and treat tooth decay.
Tooth decay is painless at first, so it’s important that you regularly check your children’s teeth for signs of decay. The first sign of early tooth decay is white spots on the surface of the tooth, called “caries,” which will eventually become cavities if left untreated. If you notice these signs in your child’s teeth, bring them in as soon as possible so we can start working together on a treatment plan that works best for them.
What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
Baby bottle tooth decay is a form of tooth decay in babies and toddlers. It happens when the sugars in milk, formula, juice, and other sweetened drinks stick to the teeth.
Baby bottle tooth decay can be prevented if you take these steps:
- Don’t let your baby or toddler use a bottle at night after their first birthday.
- Avoid giving your baby or toddler sugary drinks such as fruit juices, soda pop, and sports drinks. Instead, offer plain water between meals instead of sugary liquids.
My child is afraid of the dentist. What can I do to help prepare them for their appointment?
The most important thing you can do is be positive and supportive. If your child is nervous, they may be more likely to resist going to the dentist.
Another way to help your child prepare for their appointment is by letting them know what happens when they go into the office. Tell them exactly what will happen during each step of their visit so that there won’t be any surprises or confusion when it comes time for that specific part of their appointment. For example: “We’ll arrive at our dentist’s office, and then we’ll meet with Dr./Dr.’s name who will examine and clean your teeth.”
Knowing what’s going to happen often makes children feel more comfortable in unfamiliar situations like visiting the dentist.
What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist?
Pediatric dentists have received specialized training in treating children’s oral health issues. They can diagnose and treat problems that affect children differently than adults. Pediatric dentists also have experience with common issues like baby bottle tooth decay (also known as nursing bottle syndrome) and thumb sucking habits that affect children’s teeth from an early age onward.
Pediatric dentists provide preventive dental care for infants, children, and adolescents, as well as the basic treatment for patients who have lost teeth due to decay or injury. Some pediatric dentists specialize in treating specific conditions such as cleft lip and palate or orthodontics.