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Even just baby teeth need regular cleanings and a dentist who can ensure the teeth are developing properly. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises scheduling your child’s first dental visit no later than your child’s first birthday.
Little mouths can harbor cavity-causing bacteria. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, surpassing diabetes, asthma, and early-childhood obesity. Beyond causing cavities, pain, and possible infection, severe tooth decay can affect how your child speaks, sleeps, learns, eats, and develops physically overall. The good news is that it’s easy to prevent dental decay and the associated problems.
Our family dentist in Cape Coral strives to keep your child on the path to good dental health and ensure that your whole family keeps smiling bright.
Teeth Cleanings for Children in Cape Coral:
Our experienced dentists and hygienists understand how nervous children can feel at the dentist’s office. But we’ll help put your child at ease while we gently remove cavity-causing plaque and teach healthy habits that your child can use at home.
Topical fluoride makes the teeth’s surface stronger and more resistant to decay. We are glad to offer this cavity-fighting treatment with a pleasant taste.
Our children’s dentist in Cape Coral can apply a safe, thin plastic coating to seal the surface grooves on the chewing surfaces of rear teeth, blocking food particles and bacteria from getting trapped there. Sealants are painless to apply, can last for years, and they have no unpleasant taste to bother your child.
Fillings for Baby Teeth and Permanent Teeth:
Even with the best dental habits, your child likely still will experience a cavity at some point. We’ll help keep your youngster comfortable throughout the filling process, and we use tooth-colored fillings that blend seamlessly with natural teeth.
Bonding Children’s Teeth:
Any number of childhood mishaps such as falling, getting hit by a ball, or biting on hard candy can chip or fracture a child’s front teeth. We can restore that happy smile and self-confidence with tooth-colored bonding material designed to smooth out those flaws.
Pediatric Tooth Crowns:
We don’t like to remove a baby tooth unless it’s close to falling out on its own, so if your child has a tooth that breaks or cracks, or develops a cavity too large for a filling, our dentist in Cape Coral can install a tooth-colored crown to protect the tooth. The dentist also can place a custom-made crown on a tooth that’s been saved by a root canal.
If your child prematurely loses a baby tooth because of decay, an accident, or another circumstance, a space maintainer acts like a placeholder for the permanent tooth. It holds the surrounding teeth in place, so they don’t shift out of alignment, which allows the permanent tooth to grow in comfortably. This device also can help with pre-orthodontic treatment.
Children and adults involved athletic activities should wear mouthguards to protect their teeth, the American Dental Association (ADA) says. This is especially true for kids who practice gymnastics, marital arts, baseball, basketball, football, boxing, skateboarding, field hockey, or wrestling. Our family dentist in Cape Coral can create a custom-made mouthguard that’s much more comfortable and protective than the commercially readily available boil-and-bite ones.
Emergency Dental Services for Children:
We’re also here to help if your child needs emergency dental care because of a chipped tooth, loosened tooth, or a tooth being knocked out completely. Please call our office in Cape Coral at (239) 214-2982.