As a family dentist office, we treat patients of all ages, from children to seniors. Fallston families appreciate the flexibility and convenience of having their dentist treat them in the same dentist office. We are highly trained to handle a broad range of dental problems, from routine teeth cleaning to emergency dental care. Our dentist office provides comprehensive dental procedures for all stages of oral health development.
Family Friendly Dentist Office Offering Dentistry for Children
Where a pediatric dentist solely focuses on children, our dentist treats entire families. Our patients and their families love this flexibility. We treat Parents and children at the same dental office during the same visit. We want parents to bring their children to the dentist early, so they will be comfortable and relaxed.
We believe in building a positive bond with patients. Coming to the dentist early on in life can help make the dentist a positive experience for your child. These early visits help establish and maintain a relationship with the dentist, alleviating the stress and anxiety often associated with dental care.
Preventing Cavities in Children
One of the areas we focus on for children is the prevention and treatment of tooth cavities. According to the American Dental Association, over 50% of first graders and 80% of 17 year olds have cavities.
There are many things parents can do to ensure the health of their children’s teeth. However, regular visits to the dentist and routine dental cleanings are the best way to prevent tooth decay in children.
Our dentist office focuses on educating our young patients about the importance of a consistent oral health care routine at home. Our compassionate dental care team will help to teach your children the benefits of oral hygiene.
Through early visits to the dentist, we will teach them how to brush and floss effectively and understand how this can help to reduce tooth decay now and in the future. When a child develops good habits early, they are more likely to maintain them for the long term. This ensures that your children’s smiles will be healthy for a lifetime.
Educating Parents For Pediatric Dentistry
It is important that parents and guardians set good examples. They need to teach their kids proper oral hygiene habits early in life. Good oral health leads to good overall health. It also helps promote a good self image and improves feelings of achievement.
The team at Harford County Dentistry helps parents and guardians by teaching proper pediatric dental care and answering common questions about thumb sucking, tooth decay, orthodontic treatment, and wisdom teeth removal. Parents can do many things to ensure the health of their children’s teeth:
- Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (over age 2)
- Flossing once a day
- Limiting sugary drinks and beverages
- Following guidelines for nursing, bottle and sippy cup use
Pediatric Dentistry FAQs
Do you have further questions about pediatric dentistry? Continue reading to learn more and to find answers to frequently asked questions in our office.
Do you need to fill cavities in baby teeth?
Dentist must treat decay in baby teeth. We will save your child’s teeth before removing them to prevent speech and eating issues. The dentist will repair the cavity with a filling. This will prevent an infection from causing pain, spreading, and prevents the removal of the tooth.
How common are cavities in baby teeth?
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of children who are ages 2 to 11 develop a cavity in their baby (primary) teeth. By the age of 4, more than 1 in every 4 children has at least one cavity.
Do I need to worry about shark teeth?
Some children may find that their permanent teeth are starting to grow in behind their primary teeth. This is known as shark teeth, which gets its name because sharks also have several rows of teeth. Fortunately, shark teeth are nothing to worry about. In many cases, the tooth will get loose as the permanent tooth comes in.
When will my child’s permanent teeth start coming in?
The eruption of permanent teeth varies among children, but generally, the first permanent molars appear around age six, followed by the lower central incisors around age six to seven. The remaining permanent teeth typically erupt between the ages of six and 12, with the wisdom teeth erupting in the late teenage years or early adulthood.
Are baby teeth important?
Yes, baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, play a crucial role in your child’s oral health and development. They help with proper chewing, speech development, and maintaining space for permanent teeth. Early loss or decay of baby teeth can lead to issues with the alignment of permanent teeth so it is important to care for baby teeth and teach your child proper oral care techniques from a young age.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
We recommend that children visit the dentist every six months for routine check-ups and cleanings. However, the frequency may vary depending on your child’s oral health needs, as some children with specific dental conditions may require more frequent visits.
Schedule A Dental Exam Today
We offer pediatric dentistry in Bel Air, MD and surrounding areas and treat patients of all ages. Enjoy the convenience of a family dentist with the experience of a highly trained cosmetic and restorative dentist in a state-of-the-art office.
Call 410-994-2627 for an appointment or more information or request an appointment online.