Towncare Dental Associates of Homestead
925 NE 30th Terrace, Suite 118, Homestead, FL 33033
We know that as much as children welcome a visit from the tooth fairy, they tend to hate the idea of going to visit the dentist. Our family dentist in Homestead wants your child to look forward to their visit. That’s why we make it fun and relaxed, and take the time to explain each step of the process.
Tooth decay is preventable, yet it’s the most common chronic childhood disease. More children have tooth decay than have asthma, diabetes, or obesity. The health risks of tooth decay include more than just a toothache. Mouth pain can impact your child’s ability to eat, sleep, focus in school, speak, and overall physical development. After all, if your child doesn’t want to eat because it hurts to chew, that can lead to malnourishment.
Our friendly children’s dentist in Homestead looks forward to meeting your family’s dental needs and working with you to help keep your child’s smile healthy. Call Towncare Dental Associates of Homestead today at (786) 738-6500 to schedule an appointment.
Your child’s 20 baby teeth usually begin to appear when just a baby – usually between the ages of 9 and 12 months. At home, you can use a damp washcloth or gauze pad to wipe the baby teeth and gums after feedings. Once the child is about two years old, you can use a small, soft-bristled child’s toothbrush with a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
Only a dentist or hygienist can remove cavity-causing plaque build-up from your child’s teeth, though. Trust our experienced team to help keep your child’s teeth healthy and beautiful.
Nature’s cavity fighter, topical fluoride incorporates into the enamel of teeth to make the surface harder and better able to resist tooth decay. Your child will like the flavors of fluoride available.
Our children’s dentist in Homestead can apply a sealant to your child’s rear teeth, where brushing is especially tough for little ones. A dental sealant is a safe, thin plastic coating that seals the grooves on the teeth’s chewing surfaces, keeping out food particles and bacteria. It doesn’t hurt, and your child won’t feel or taste the sealant, which can last for years.
Our team at Towncare Dental Associates of Homestead can repair both baby teeth and permanent teeth with fillings. It’s a simple, painless procedure that removes decay and fills the cavity so the tooth is stronger again.
We understand that accidents can happen. Any number of mishaps can cause chips and small fractures to a child’s front teeth. Our tooth-colored bonding materials can repair them seamlessly.
Occasionally, a child has a broken tooth or a severely-decayed tooth that requires a tooth-colored crown. We also can place a crown on a tooth saved through a root canal treatment.
Sometimes when a child loses a baby tooth before it’s supposed to come out, the surrounding teeth will shift into the empty space. That can knock the teeth out of alignment or even block the permanent tooth under the gums from being able to come up. Our children’s dentist can use a space maintainer to hold that gap in your child’s smile until the permanent tooth grows in naturally. This also can help with pre-orthodontic treatment.
The American Dental Association says that anyone that who plays sports should wear a mouthguard to protect the teeth. This especially holds true for children, whether they’re involved with gymnastics, basketball, football, boxing, baseball, skateboarding, martial arts, field hockey, or wrestling. Our family dentists can create a custom-made mouthguard for your child that feels and works better than those boil-and-bite ones available at sporting-goods stores or drugstores.
We’re also here for you if you child chips a tooth, knocks a tooth loose, or knocks out a tooth. Call our office in Homestead at (786) 738-6500 for emergency dental care.