Children have important dental needs. Barataria Dental provides pediatric dentistry routinely beginning at 3 years of age, younger children may be seen by special appointment.
The number one issue in pediatric dentistry is dental caries, or cavities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 19% of children ages 2 to 19 have untreated cavities. At the foundation of children’s dental care should be fluoride (over age 2), twice-daily brushing, healthy food choices and routine visits to the dentist.
Cavities can affect both primary teeth (baby teeth) and permanent teeth. Cavities in baby teeth should not be treated with less significance than permanent teeth because healthy teeth at any stage are important to proper oral development and long term health.
New Orleans Family Dentistry
A pediatric dentist must be experienced and well trained to examine and treat children, who often feel anxious about visiting the dentist. Barataria Dental treats patients of all ages, so children are often more comfortable visiting the same dentist as their parents. Likewise, parents appreciate the convenience of having the entire family treated in the same office at the same visit.
Children and Dental Anxiety
One of the best ways to combat anxiety in children is to not be anxious yourself. Children pick up on the emotions of the parents and caretakers. Remaining relaxed and calm about the dentist can help your child feel more comfortable. It is also important to regularly discuss dental health with your children so that they understand the importance of visiting the dentist and having healthy teeth and gums.
About Pediatric Dental Visits
A pediatric dental visit includes a dental cleaning and fluoride treatment. In addition, our dentists can provide tips and advice for parents on a range of pediatric dentistry questions including brushing and flossing technique, pacifier use, thumb sucking.
Barataria Dental provides special services for adolescents and young adults such as wisdom teeth removal and Invisalign for straightening teeth. We also treat dental emergencies such as knocked out teeth and broken teeth.