Children’s Dentistry – Harris County, GA
Where Young Smiles Come to Grow
At Hamilton Family Dentistry, we are passionate about offering the highest quality care for every member of your family, and that includes your kids. Developing teeth, learning oral hygiene skills, and behavioral challenges are all part of the mix when it comes to caring for young patients. Our Hamilton, GA dentists and our team have years of experience working with young patients to offer safe, effective, and fun dental care. The goal of dental care for kids is two-fold. First, as a children’s dentist in Harris County, our goal is always to help patients keep their smiles whole and healthy for life. Second, we want to establish positive associations with visiting the dentist for your child. Many adults who suffer from dental phobia or anxiety point to a negative childhood experience as the cause. That’s why our entire team is passionate about making sure young patients are comfortable and relaxed during their visit. To find out more about us and how we can help your little one develop their smile, contact us today!
Dental Checkups & Cleanings for Kids
It is recommended that your child undergo a dental checkup and cleaning every six months. Naturally, as your child grows, the extensiveness of their checkups and cleanings my change; however, these visits make it possible for us to monitor their bite development, teeth eruption, and changes in their oral and facial structures to determine if certain treatments are necessary to ensure a healthy, beautiful smile in the future. These appointments also allow us to remove harmful plaque and tartar accumulations that can cause cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.
A child’s back teeth (molars and premolars) can often be hard to clean. Their novice oral hygiene skills can cause these teeth to be neglected because they’re hard to reach, resulting in cavities and significant tooth decay. This is why dental sealants can be beneficial. These clear coats of plastic seal out bacteria, plaque, and tartar, allowing your child’s teeth to be better protected against tooth decay. The process is quick and easy, and it can be performed during a normal dental checkup.
Just like dental sealants can be applied during a regular appointment, so can fluoride treatments. This beneficial mineral not only combats tooth decay, but it also strengthens tooth enamel. Once primary (baby) or adult teeth erupt from beneath the gum line, the fluoride absorbed in tap water and other nutrients are not adequate to improve enamel. Topical fluoride treatments are a great way to strengthen teeth against the eroding effects of daily use.
Sportsguards for Children
Children who are active and engaged in sports need to wear mouth protection to avoid injury to their teeth and gums. Far too often, sports-related injuries send children to the emergency dentist for immediate dental care because of a knocked-out or broken tooth or soft tissue laceration. To avoid this, a kid’s dentist in Harris County can create a customized sportsguard to better protect their smile and allow them to keep enjoying their time on the court or field.
Wisdom Teeth Consultation and/or Extraction
Around the age of 12, we recommend patients receive a wisdom tooth evaluation and consultation. Using diagnostic X-Rays, we can view their developing teeth and help our patients begin planning for a possible extraction at a later time. If this is necessary to preserve their oral health, our team will go over the process and explain how and why these teeth need to be removed to avoid possible problems in the future.
Children’s Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions
Finding the right children’s dentist isn’t always easy, and we understand that when placing your little one’s oral health in the hands of someone else, it spurs many questions. At Hamilton Family Dentistry, we want to put your mind at ease by making sure you understand that your child’s health and safety are our top priorities. But to go even further, we’ve compiled a few frequently asked questions about children’s dentistry for you to review.
How can I prepare my child for their first visit?
The best thing you can do is maintain a positive attitude. Children pick up on differences in tone, attitude, and demeanor, so if you appear anxious or worried, so will your child. In the weeks leading up to their appointment, talk to them about what they can expect, show them pictures of the dentist’s office that appear on the website, and remind them of how important it is to regularly see the dentist to maintain good oral health.
Why are baby teeth so important?
Even though baby teeth eventually fall out on their own, they should remain in place and intact until that time. The reason is that if a baby tooth falls out too soon, it can disrupt the nearby healthy teeth, causing them to shift in an attempt to close the gap. This can cause orthodontic problems in the future and difficulty when the permanent tooth tries to erupt. Keeping these teeth healthy, clean, and in place for as long as possible plays a crucial role in how your child’s adult teeth will emerge.