Your child won’t keep his or her first teeth forever, but that doesn’t mean those tiny pearly whites don’t need conscientious care. Maintaining your child’s dental health now will provide health benefits well into adulthood, as primary (baby) teeth serve some extremely important functions.
Little Kids Dentistry is a full-scope pediatric dental clinic that provides comprehensive dental care to children of all ages. We address our patients’ preventive and therapeutic concerns until the age of 21. We also recommend that you schedule your child’s 1st visit as soon as the teeth begin to erupt.
Professional Teeth Cleaning (Prophylaxis) by a pediatric dentist will improve the quality of your child's teeth and prevent the development of cavities and other diseases.
If a kid has a cavity in a baby tooth, oral bacteria cause decay. The dentist removes the infected area to stop the decay process, and the hole is then sealed with filling material.
In addition to conventional plastic or mental crowns covered by most dental insurances, we offer highly esthetic, extremely durable Nu-Smile crowns made of zirconia ceramic. They give children healthy and natural smiles and are affordable.
For one thing, primary teeth guide the eruption of permanent (adult) teeth, holding the space into which these new teeth will erupt. The crowns (tops) of the permanent teeth push against the roots of the baby teeth, causing them to resorb or melt away. In this way, the adult teeth can take their proper place.
What’s more, your child’s primary teeth will be there for most of childhood, helping your child to bite, chew and speak. For the first six years, they will rely on primary teeth exclusively to perform these crucial functions. Until age 12, your child will have primary and permanent teeth. You will want to make sure those teeth stay healthy and are lost naturally — when it’s time.
Several forms of tooth decay can affect babies and small children. Early Childhood Caries (tooth decay) can develop rapidly, progressing from a tooth’s hard outer enamel layer into the softer inner dentin in six months or less.
Most of all, it’s important for your child to have a positive experience at the dental office, as they will be a regular visitor for years to come.
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