Dental Care for Children in Clearwater, FL
Our team at Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater includes a pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentist is a dentist who, after graduating from dental school, completes an additional two to three years of advanced training in dentistry for children, adolescents, special needs, and medically-compromised patients.
Just as you take your child to a pediatrician for medical care, it’s important to take your child to a pediatric dentist for dental care. A pediatric dentist specializes in the oral health needs of children and understands how little mouths are different from adult mouths.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children have their first dental visit by age 1. At our children’s dental office in Clearwater, we see children as young as six months old, as long as they have their first tooth. Our pediatric dentist specializes in making kids of all ages feel comfortable in our office, plus has helpful advice and tips for parents. Together, we look forward to helping your child grow up with a beautiful, healthy smile.
Call us today at (727) 286-3945 to schedule a dental appointment for your child or children.
Tooth Decay is the #1 Chronic Childhood Disease
Tooth decay is the formal term for cavities. Bacteria and acids in plaque erode the enamel of teeth, literally causing holes (cavities). Tooth decay is the most common type of chronic childhood disease; it’s five times more common than asthma, four times more common than obesity, and 20 times more common than diabetes, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Fortunately, tooth decay is preventable. Regular dental visits combined with daily brushing and flossing at home can remove cavity-causing plaque and keep your child’s smile healthy and pain-free.
Dental Services for Children
Our pediatric dentist looks forward to meeting your child, checking to see how their smile is progressing, addressing any concerns you may have, and giving you the information you need to create healthy habits at home.
Here’s a look at some of the dental services for children that we provide at Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater:
Teeth Cleanings for Children: Our experienced pediatric dentist and hygienists will gently and carefully clean your child’s teeth. We’re skilled at getting even the most reluctant child to laugh and relax during the visit.
Topical Fluoride: Often called nature’s cavity fighter, fluoride strengthens the surface of teeth to make them more resistant to decay.
Dental Sealants: Food can get caught in the nooks and crannies of teeth, especially the back molars. Our pediatric dentist in Largo can apply a thin sealant over those teeth to keep food out. Sealants can make a big difference in your child’s oral health. Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by almost 80% in molars, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Fillings: If your child does get a cavity, we can usually repair it with a filling. We use tooth-colored fillings instead of metal fillings whenever possible.
Pediatric Crowns: Sometimes a child develops a cavity that is too large for a filling, or the tooth has been damaged some other way. A crown is a cap for the tooth that covers it completely down to the gum line. It can be placed on either a baby tooth or a permanent tooth to restore functionality and biting power.
Tooth Bonding: Our pediatric dentist uses tooth-colored material to repair chips and minor fractures to front teeth.
Extractions: Sometimes it’s necessary to pull a tooth in order to restore the health of the overall mouth. You can count on our pediatric dentist to make sure your child is comfortable and to explain what’s happening in kid-friendly terms.
Space Maintainers: When a child loses a baby tooth earlier than expected, our pediatric dentist can place a space maintainer in your child’s mouth. This holds the space open so the permanent tooth can grow in. Otherwise, the surrounding teeth may shift toward the open space.
Mouthguards: Does your child play sports? The American Dental Association recommends people protect their teeth with a mouthguard while participating in a wide range of activities including football, basketball, gymnastics, ice skating, field hockey, and martial arts. Our pediatric dentist can create a custom-made mouthguard that’s more comfortable than the boil-and-bite mouthguards available in stores.
Root Canal Treatment: If dental decay reaches the sensitive nerves of the tooth, it can be painful. Our pediatric dentist can removed the damaged part of the tooth and top it with a crown to protect it.
Orthodontic Evaluation: Our pediatric dentist can spot any problems with jaw growth or how the teeth are coming in. If necessary, our team can refer your child to an orthodontist to help guide the teeth and jaws into proper alignment.
After every appointment, children get to choose a prize. It’s just one more way we make going to the dentist fun.
Dental Care for Children with Special Needs
Our pediatric dentist is specially trained to help children with special needs. We understand that going to the dentist can be a challenge for children with sensory disorders, developmental disorders, behavioral disorders, or physical disorders. Our compassionate team will work with you to make the experience as smooth and anxiety-free as possible.
Please let us know if you’re making an appointment for a child with special needs so we can discuss any sensitivities the child may have and suggest ways to reduce anxiety. For example, it may help for the child to wear headphones and listen to music during the treatment. We’ll also ask if the child is on any medications and confirm whether the child requires a medical clearance from his or her primary care physician.