At Johnston Smiles, we recognize that children have unique dental needs and require specialized attention. Our pediatric dentistry team offers a friendly environment tailored to make your child’s visit enjoyable and educational. Our qualified professionals are dedicated to building a foundation of trust, ensuring that your child’s dental experience is a positive one.
Allow us to provide you with an overview of our pediatric dentistry services. Contact our Selma, NC office to learn more or schedule your child’s appointment!
What Is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry that focuses specifically on the oral health of infants, children, and adolescents. It not only addresses immediate dental issues but also emphasizes preventive measures to create a lifetime of healthy smiles.
The Importance Of Pediatric Dentistry
Oral health is a crucial part of a child’s overall well-being. Regular dental check-ups from a young age help in the early detection and treatment of potential issues. Pediatric dentistry promotes healthy dental habits, fosters a positive relationship with dental care, and ensures the proper growth and development of teeth.
The Importance Of Primary Teeth
Primary teeth, often referred to as baby teeth, play an essential role in a child’s development. They aid in speech, ensure proper chewing, and hold space for permanent teeth. Proper care of primary teeth lays the groundwork for a lifetime of oral health.
Pediatric Services We Offer
Cleanings & Exams
Routine cleanings and exams are vital for maintaining your child’s dental health. Our thorough examination includes checking for cavities, dental alignment, and overall oral hygiene. Cleanings by our professional hygienists remove built-up plaque that regular brushing might miss, providing a fresh and healthy smile. Educational demonstrations are also provided to ensure that both parent and child understand the importance of daily dental care practices.
Fluoride treatment offers an essential safeguard against tooth decay. Applied in the form of a gel or varnish, fluoride binds with the tooth enamel, reinforcing it against acid attacks. This treatment, especially beneficial for children prone to cavities, is quick and completely non-invasive. We utilize precise methods to ensure optimal results, making it an easy and effective way to enhance your child’s oral health.
Dental sealants are protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars. They fill the grooves and crevices where food particles often get trapped, preventing cavities from forming. This procedure is non-invasive and can be performed quickly during a routine check-up. Especially effective for children, sealants provide lasting protection, sometimes up to several years, significantly reducing the risk of decay.
For children involved in sports, custom-fitted mouthguards are an essential part of injury prevention. Unlike generic store-bought options, our customized mouthguards are tailored to your child’s mouth, offering superior comfort and protection. They act as a cushion against impact, safeguarding teeth, gums, lips, and the inner cheeks from trauma. Investing in this personalized protection allows your child to enjoy their favorite sports safely.
Dental emergencies can be stressful, especially for a child. Whether it’s a chipped tooth, a knocked-out tooth, or dental discomfort, our emergency care services are designed to provide immediate and compassionate assistance.
Our team prioritizes emergency cases, offering appropriate treatments to alleviate discomfort and prevent further complications. With Johnston Smiles, you can rest assured that your child’s dental emergencies will be handled with the utmost care and competence.
Proper Pediatric Care At Home
Preventing dental issues is far more than a daily routine; it’s a foundation for lifelong oral health. Teaching children proper brushing techniques, encouraging flossing, and scheduling regular dental check-ups are essential steps toward prevention. Ensure that your child brushes at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flosses once a day. Making dental care a fun and engaging activity can foster a positive attitude toward oral hygiene.
Dental health is strongly linked to the foods and drinks consumed. A balanced diet rich in nutrients not only boosts overall health but also promotes strong teeth and gums. Encourage your child to enjoy fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy products. Limiting sugary snacks, juices, and sodas helps to reduce the risk of cavities. Teaching your child about the connection between healthy eating and a vibrant smile can make nutritious choices more appealing.
Breaking Bad Habits
Childhood habits like thumb-sucking, pacifier use, or biting on objects can affect dental development and alignment. Addressing these habits requires understanding and gentle guidance. Strategies might include:
- Identifying triggers and offering alternatives
- Praising and rewarding the child when they avoid the habit
- Seeking professional advice if the habit persists
By approaching these habits with empathy and patience, you can help your child grow out of them without affecting their self-esteem.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby bottle tooth decay is a common dental problem among infants and toddlers. It often occurs when a child goes to bed with a bottle filled with milk, juice, or other sugary liquids. Here’s how you can prevent it:
- Avoid giving a bottle at bedtime or nap time.
- Fill the bottle with water instead of sugary substances.
- Wipe your child’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.
- Start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they emerge.
Educating yourself and your child about the proper care for baby teeth is vital in preventing unnecessary dental issues down the road.
Supporting Your Child’s Bright Future
At Johnston Smiles, we believe that every child deserves a healthy and beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Our partnership with parents extends beyond our dental office, guiding you in nurturing your child’s oral health at home. With compassion, expertise, and a comprehensive approach, we’re committed to making dental care a positive experience for your little one.
Let us be part of your child’s journey to a radiant smile. Contact us today, and see the difference personalized pediatric care can make.