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.
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 during 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. Modeling good oral habits such as daily brushing and flossing with your child at home will further support the development of lifelong healthy oral habits.
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 techniques, pacifier use, thumb-sucking, and other oral habits that can impact tooth development.
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.
Pediatric Dentistry FAQs
When should I bring my child for their first dentist appointment?
The ADA recommends that you bring your child in within six months of their first tooth erupting or before they turn one year old. We want to make sure everything is developing in the way it should. We also teach parents and children the best way to take care of baby teeth to avoid problems with tooth decay.
Is pediatric dentistry really necessary?
It’s a mistake to think that baby teeth don’t matter because they’re temporary. But they form the basis of oral health for the rest of your life. They make space for your permanent teeth and ensure that your child can eat and speak properly throughout their childhood. Primary teeth are just as important as your permanent teeth.
What’s the most common dental problem in children?
Tooth decay is the most common oral health problem in children. Younger children have diets that are higher than sugar on average. They also don’t have the best oral health habits. Even if they know how to brush and floss their teeth, they don’t have the best motor skills. It’s important to monitor their diet and their brushing to help avoid this problem.
How old does my child have to be to receive a filling?
Children can get fillings as young as 1-2 years of age. Even if they’re young, we want to treat the tooth decay as early as possible to prevent further dental problems. If tooth decay is left untreated, your child may need root canals or dental fillings. Infection spreads and causes pain throughout the mouth.
How can I prepare my child for their dental appointment?
We want your child to feel comfortable in our office. Show them the photos on our website of the staff and how the office looks. It won’t be a surprise and they’ll be able to see that our staff are nice people! Reading books about the dentist can also help them know what they can expect there. Offer a special treat after the appointment so that they know they get a reward for good behavior at the dentist.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are looking for a highly trained dentist to treat your entire family, contact our New Orleans dentist office, Barataria Dental, to schedule a consultation.