Dental Center at Baptist
8940 N Kendall Drive, Suite 1005-E, Miami, FL 33176
Just like adults, kids need regular teeth cleanings to prevent cavities, toothaches, and other dental problems. Our family dentists in Miami are here to help your whole family receive the dental services they need.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, ranking above asthma, early-childhood obesity, and diabetes. Statistics show that about one in five children between ages 5 and 11 have at least one untreated cavity. If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to a painful infection that can affect speech, sleeping, eating, learning, and overall physical development. After all, if you can’t eat because of a toothache, then it’s hard to get the nutrients your body needs to grow.
Fortunately, tooth decay is preventable. Trust our experienced family dentists in Miami to meet your family’s needs and work with you to help keep your child’s teeth healthy.
Regular teeth cleanings remove cavity-causing plaque. We understand that climbing into a dental chair and lying back may seem scary to a child. Our dentists and hygienists can put your child at ease as they gently clean those little teeth.
Fluoride is like nature’s cavity fighter because it strengthens the teeth’s surface to resist decay. Fluoride comes in several kid-friendly flavors. It’s a simple step that can help keep your child’s teeth healthy.
It can be tough for children to keep their back teeth clean. Our children’s dentist in Miami can apply a safe plastic coating to the bumpy chewing surfaces of those teeth, sealing out food and bacteria. Your child won’t taste the sealant or feel it on their teeth. Best of all, applying it is painless and the protective coating lasts for years.
Sugar, soda, carbohydrates – everything you child eats or drinks creates acids in the mouth that attacks the tooth enamel, leading to cavities. A filling is a simple way to fill in that hole. We can help your child feel comfortable throughout the filling process—and our fillings are tooth-colored, so they’re not noticeable afterward.
If your child’s front tooth gets a small fracture or a chip, we can restore that beautiful smile using tooth-colored bonding materials, restoring the tooth to its natural shape.
Sometimes a child has a tooth crack or break, or develops a cavity too large for a filling. We don’t like to remove a baby tooth unless it’s close to falling out naturally, so in these cases, our children’s dentist in Miami can install a tooth-colored crown to protect the tooth. Our dentist also can place a crown on a tooth that’s been saved by a root canal.
If your child does lose a baby tooth because of decay, an accident, 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 and keeps the space open until the permanent tooth grows in. A space maintainer also can help with pre-orthodontic treatment.
The American Dental Association recommends that adults and children who play sports wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. This is particularly important for children, whether they’re involved with martial arts, wrestling, boxing, basketball, football, skateboarding, field hockey, gymnastics, or any type of sport that could lead to a mouth injury. Our family dentist can create a custom-made mouthguard that’s a lot more comfortable and protective than those boil-and-bite ones available at drugstores and sporting-goods stores.
We’re also here to help if your child chips a tooth, knocks a tooth loose, or knocks out a tooth completely. Call our office in Miami at (305) 921-0511 for emergency dental care.