Dentist in Pooler GA
With regular check-ups and cleanings, we can ensure healthy and happy smiles. The American Dental Association recommends for all patients to schedule routine six-month check-up exams. At your visit, we will screen your child’s mouth for tooth decay and gum disease. Regular professional dental cleanings are essential for a healthy mouth. During your child’s dental cleaning, we will gently remove any buildup of plaque or tartar.
We may also recommend dental sealants for your child. Sealants protect against tooth decay and cavities on your child’s molars. Molars are the most susceptible to cavities and receive the least benefit from topical fluoride. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth and are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. Fluoride may be applied to the teeth as well. Topical fluoride is used to strengthen enamel and make teeth more resistant to tooth decay.
Without proper dental care, children are susceptible to oral decay. Healthy smiles should not stop at our dental office. Our team will educate you and your child on how to make good food choices and how to properly brush and floss at home.
Our knowledgeable team has the experience and qualifications to care for your child’s teeth, gums and mouth throughout various stages of childhood. Ask about our Godley Station Dental Kids Club!
Pediatric Dentistry FAQs
We recommend in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), for children to visit the dentist 6 months after their first tooth erupts or by age 1, whichever comes first. We want to make sure that your child's teeth are developing correctly and address any issues that may arise.
You can start brushing your baby's teeth as soon as they start breaking through. The gums might be sensitive so be gentle. The best baby toothbrushes have soft bristles and a small brush head that fits easily in the mouth. You should change the toothbrush every 3 months and use fluorinated toothpaste for babies. No toothpaste is fine too. The important thing is that you are brushing away bacteria and sugars from the breast milk or formula.
Most children start to brush their own teeth around ages 6 to 9 years old depending on their coordination development. However, it's important to double-check your child's teeth after they brush to make sure it was done sufficiently. Don't forget to teach them to floss as well. It's important that children develop dental health habits early in their life.
The main difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist is the specific education and training they received that makes a pediatric dentist more qualified to work with children.
Yes, dental x-rays are safe for kids. Exposure to radiation during a dental x-ray is minuscule. Digital x-rays are part of the dental checkup process because it allows the dentist to check the jaw and teeth development only x-rays can show. It also allows the dentist to catch issues otherwise unseen. Undiagnosed issues pose a much greater risk. If you have concerns about your child getting x-rays, please feel free to talk to us about your concerns. We want you and your child to feel comfortable.