Dental Associates of Kendall
11400 N. Kendall Dr, Suite 207, Miami, FL 33176
We might think of cavities as a normal part of growing up, but tooth decay in children is no laughing matter. Kids need regular teeth cleanings just like adults to prevent cavities and other painful problems. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child to a dentist no later than your child’s first birthday.
Tooth decay is preventable, yet it’s the most common chronic childhood disease, ranking higher than asthma, diabetes, and early-childhood obesity. If left untreated, tooth decay in children causes problems beyond pain and cavities. Severe tooth decay can lead to infection and affect sleeping, learning, speech, eating, and overall physical development.
Fortunately, our family dentist in Kendall has the experience to meet your child’s needs and work with you to help keep your child’s teeth healthy.
Here are some of the dental treatments for children that we provide.
Grownups know that regular cleanings remove cavity-causing plaque—but all those dental instruments can seem scary to youngsters. Our hygienists know just how to put your child at ease and gently clean the littlest teeth.
Fluoride is like nature’s cavity fighter, strengthening the teeth’s surface to resist decay. Ours comes in several flavors that kids like.
We understand that it can be difficult to ensure your child’s back teeth are being brushed properly. Our children’s dentist in Miami can apply dental sealants to those teeth. The sealants are a thin, plastic coating that your child won’t taste or feel, but will help seal those little grooves on the teeth’s chewing surfaces that can collect food and bacteria. Sealants can last for years, and best of all, applying them is painless.
Even with good dental care, your child likely will face a cavity at some point. We’ll help your child feel comfortable through the process and use tooth-colored fillings that blend in naturally.
If your child’s front tooth gets a chip or a small fracture, we can restore that beautiful smile with tooth-colored bonding materials so your child doesn’t feel self-conscious.
Sometimes a child has a tooth break or crack, or develops a cavity too large for a filling. In these cases, our children’s dentist in Miami can install a tooth-colored crown that protects the tooth. (We don’t like to remove a baby tooth unless it’s close to falling out naturally.) Our dentist also can place a crown on a tooth saved through a root canal.
If your child does lose a baby tooth because of an accident, decay, or another issue, our family dentist in Miami can place a space maintainer in your child’s mouth. This keeps the surrounding teeth from shifting into the empty space until the permanent tooth grows in as it should. A space maintainer also can help with pre-orthodontic treatment.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends wearing a mouthguard to protect the teeth for anyone involved in athletics. This is especially important for children, whether they’re involved with wrestling, basketball, football, skateboarding, boxing, martial arts, field hockey, or gymnastics. Altogether, there are more than 60 types of sports that the ADA recommends mouthguards for. Our family dentist can create a custom-made mouthguard that’s more comfortable to wear and provides better protection than those boil-and-bite kind available at drugstores and sporting-goods stores.
We’re also here for you if your child chips a tooth, knocks a tooth loose, or knocks out a tooth. Call our office in Miami at (305) 459-3204 for emergency dental care for your child.
Call our office at (305) 459-3204