We at Cedar Walk Family and Cosmetic Dentistry take dental for the entire family seriously. Just as we recognize that you can never be too late to start a good habit of getting regular dental care, we believe children are young enough to start regular visits to the dentist.
Our team of caring professionals works well with all our pediatric patients, from infants through teenagers. As a family dental office, we continue to care for adults, so you and your kids can both get great dental services from the same office.
The Importance of Pediatric Dental Care
Some parents mistakenly believe that their child does not need dental care because the milk teeth fall out anyway. But this is a myth. Dental care should begin as soon as your child has their first tooth.
During these early visits, the dentist gets your child accustomed to dental visits. By making regular dental visits a habit starting from infancy, gives your child a lower risk of developing dental anxiety or phobia. Therefore, they will be less likely to avoid dental appointments when they become adults.
With regular dental care, they have a greater chance of having healthier teeth that don't cause them pain. Healthy milk (baby) teeth and good dental care at home and from a dentist lay the groundwork for your child having strong, healthy teeth as they grow up. A lifetime of enjoying a healthy smile starts with your child's first tooth and dental visit.
Dental visits help find and treat painful cavities in kids. Baby teeth can get cavities the same way that adult teeth do. If you've had a cavity, you know that it can cause distracting pain. Babies and toddlers may not have the words to tell you where they feel pain when they have a cavity. If you have regular dental visits for them, the dentist can find where the cavity is and fix it. Your child's pain will ease from having the cavity filled in.
Another reason to make regular dental appointments with your child is to learn more about dental care at home. We help parents like you understand the importance of home dental care and how to clean their kids' teeth. Plus, our team can answer any questions you may have about your kids' teeth. Let us become partners in your child's dental health.
Pediatric Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC
Pediatric dental services include various options that help keep the teeth healthy and restore them if problems occur. Because our pediatric dental services treat infants through teenagers, your child will only need some services years later. Discover more about our pediatric care options below.
Exams and Cleanings
Preventative dental care starts early, but even if you have an older child, you can still get them on the road to good pediatric dental care. This type of care includes cleanings and checkups to ensure that the baby teeth are healthy, the adult teeth emerge correctly, and any dental problems get corrected quickly.
During regular visits with your child, the dentist cleans the teeth and examines them for problems. They also use the exam time to educate your child and you about the importance of regular brushing and flossing at home between visits. If you have questions, you can ask them during exam time with the dentist.
Depending on your child's teeth and dental history, we may recommend sealants to prevent cavities. These sealants cover only the surfaces of the molars that chew food. Sealants create a physical barrier between bacteria and the teeth, preventing plaque and cavities in hard-to-reach back teeth.
Another option your child may need is getting fitted for a mouthguard to wear during sports. These custom-created pieces effectively protect teeth during football, soccer, baseball, wrestling, or other sports your child may enjoy. With a mouthguard, you decrease the risk of them having a tooth knocked out, which requires emergency dental care to replace. With one trip to get a preventative mouthguard, you could save your child the pain of an avulsed tooth and yourself the agony of getting emergency dental care for them.
Preventative treatment keeps your child from having dental problems. But sometimes, decay can happen. When it does, trust our pediatric dentists to help your child with restorative dental care.
During exams, the dentist may notice white spots on your child's teeth. These spots are not stains caused by food. They happen due to the beginning stages of decay that wear through the enamel. Our office offers Icon treatment as a way to remineralize the teeth and reverse the decay before a cavity forms.
Sometimes, cavities develop, even with regular dental care. Get your child's cavity addressed with a filling. The process prevents bacteria from continuing to eat into the tooth. It also eases the pain your child may have from the exposed nerve.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Your older teenager may have wisdom teeth come in. If these extra back teeth cannot fully erupt through the jaw, known as impacted, they may require extraction. Trust our caring dentists at Cedar Walk to help your teen through this process and keep them as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
Cedar Walk Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Brings You Excellence in Child Dental Care
Good dental care starts early. Get your child into the healthy habit of having regular dental visits once they have their first baby tooth erupt. With our pediatric dental services, you have a partner in getting your child's teeth healthy and maintaining them.
Come see us at Cedar Walk Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to get exceptional dental care for the entire family. We have a convenient location that you can easily reach from anywhere in the South Charlotte area, including the towns of Ballantyne, NC; Indian Land, SC; Waxhaw, NC; Marvin, NC; Fort Mill, SC; Blakeney, NC; or Pineville, NC.
Whether your child needs cleanings, fillings, sealants, exams, or other types of dental care, let us know. We will provide your child with the professional, caring dental services they need.