We make coming to the dentist fun!
We ensure that your child is comfortable and happy every time they enter our office. Our highly skilled team treats each child with patience and compassion, carefully nurturing and calming even the most apprehensive children.
Great early habits lead to long-term dental health.
Just For Kids Dental, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend finding a “Dental Home” for your child by their first birthday. Children who have a trusted pediatric dentist receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
We specialize in oral hygiene, dental emergencies, prevention of teeth grinding and thumb sucking, pulp therapy, orthodontic treatment, and more.
GENERAL, COSMETIC & ORTHODONTIC PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY, CONTRACTED WITH INSURANCE
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist has an extra two to three years of specialized training after dental school, usually in a hospital setting. Pediatric dentists are committed to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. The very young, pre-teens, and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. The pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet these needs.
By promoting healthy smiles and instilling the importance of oral hygiene, we create a pediatric dental environment that kids love.
Why are the primary teeth important?
Maintaining the health of the primary teeth is crucial. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth or baby teeth are essential for (1) proper chewing and eating, (2) providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position, and (3) permitting the healthy development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front four teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (cuspids and molars) stay until age 10-13.
Infant Oral Care
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that all pregnant women receive oral healthcare and counseling during pregnancy. Research has shown evidence that periodontal disease can increase the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. Talk to your doctor or dentist about ways you can prevent periodontal disease during pregnancy.
Additionally, mothers with poor oral health may be at a higher risk of passing the bacteria which causes cavities in their young children. Mother’s should follow these simple steps to decrease the risk of spreading cavity-causing bacteria:
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Brush and floss on a daily basis to reduce bacterial plaque.
- Proper diet, with the reduction of beverages and foods high in sugar & starch.
- Use a fluoridated toothpaste recommended by the ADA and rinse every night with an alcohol-free, over-the-counter mouth rinse with .05 % sodium fluoride to reduce plaque levels.
- Don’t share utensils, cups or food which can cause the transmission of cavity-causing bacteria to your children.
- Use of xylitol chewing gum (4 pieces per day by the mother) can decrease a child’s caries rate.
When will my baby start getting teeth?
Teething, the process of baby (primary) teeth coming through the gums into the mouth, is variable among individual babies. Some babies get their teeth early, and some get them late. In general, the first baby teeth to appear are usually the lower front (anterior) teeth, and they typically begin erupting between the age of 6-8 months.
Just For Kids Dental
As a parent, you want to see your child smile. At Just For Kids Dental, we want to make sure that smile is as bright and healthy as possible. It’s important to start seeing a Duncanville pediatric dentist early to prevent potential dental health issues with your child.
Call us today to schedule your child’s pediatric dentistry evaluation.