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Children may love the tooth fairy, but a lot of them dread visiting the dentist. Our family dentist in Hialeah strives to make your child feel completely comfortable in our care, whether they’re seeing us for the first time with baby teeth or if they have all their permanent ones.
Children need their teeth cleaned regularly to prevent cavities and other painful dental problems. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, above asthma, early-childhood obesity, and diabetes—which can be surprising, considering it’s so preventable. Severe tooth decay goes beyond pain and possible infection. It can affect a child’s ability to eat, sleep, speak, and focus in school. Bad teeth can also make a child feel self-conscious, which can hinder social development.
Our office in Hialeah has dentists and hygienists who are experienced in dealing with children and glad to help meet your family’s needs.
Here are some of the dental services for children that we provide:
Teeth Cleanings for Children in Hialeah:
The dentist’s office surely can look like a scary place, with its overhead lights, exam chairs, and other equipment. But our kind staff knows how to put your youngster at ease while we remove cavity-causing plaque and evaluate your child’s overall tooth development.
Fluoride is like nature’s cavity fighter, because it strengthens the surface of teeth to help resist decay. We offer topical fluoride that is pleasant-tasting, too.
Brushing those back teeth is tough, and baby molars get a lot of mileage before the permanent ones come in at about ages 9 to 12. Our children’s dentist in Hialeah can apply a safe, thin plastic coating to those teeth, preventing food particles and bacteria from settling in the grooves on the chewing surfaces. Children don’t taste sealants, which can last for years and are painless to apply.
If your child does develop a cavity, we’ll help him or her feel comfortable throughout the process of getting the cavity filled. We offer fillings that are tooth-colored instead of silver.
Childhood accidents can cause chips and small fractures in your child’s front teeth. We use tooth-colored bonding materials to help smooth out those problems and restore your child’s smile.
A child sometimes develops a cavity too large for a filling, or has a tooth break or crack. We typically don’t like to remove a baby tooth unless it’s close to falling out on its own, so our family dentist in Hialeah can install a tooth-colored crown to protect the tooth. Our dentist also can place a crown on a tooth saved by root canal.
Sometimes a child loses a baby tooth before it’s supposed to come out. This can cause problems because the teeth on either side may slide toward the empty tooth socket, causing the teeth to shift out of alignment and potentially blocking the opening that will be needed by the permanent tooth. A space maintainer keeps the space open until the permanent tooth grows in naturally. It also helps with pre-orthodontic treatment.
The American Dental Association recommends children and adults involved in athletics wear mouthguards to protect their teeth. The cost of treating a knocked-out tooth can be thousands of dollars. Our custom-fitted mouthguards feel more comfortable and provides better safety than the boil-and-bite kind available at drugstores and sporting-goods stores.
Emergency Dental Services for Children:
Don’t panic if your child has a chipped tooth, loose tooth, or tooth knocked out completely. Our office in Hialeah is here to help with emergency dental care for kids.