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Children love the tooth fairy, but a lot of them are afraid of visiting the dentist—even though we’re on the same team. Our family dentist in Jupiter strives to make your child feel as comfortable in our care as our adult patients, whether they’re seeing us for the first time with just a few baby teeth or if they have all their permanent ones.
Baby teeth can get cavities, just like permanent teeth. Children need their teeth cleaned regularly just like adults to prevent dental decay and other painful dental problems.
Statistics show about one in five children between ages 5 and 11 have at least one untreated cavity, and 13% of teenagers between ages 12 and 19 have at least one tooth with tooth decay. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, outranking diabetes, asthma, and early-childhood obesity—and it shouldn’t be, because it’s so preventable. Severe tooth decay not only causes pain and possible infection but can impact a child’s speech, sleep habits, learning, eating, and overall physical development.
Our office in Jupiter has dentists and hygienists who are skilled in working with children and who will be glad to help meet your family’s needs.
Here are some of the dental services for children that we provide at Jupiter Dental Group:
Teeth Cleanings for Children
We understand that the dentist’s office can look like a scary place, with its overhead lights, exam chairs, and other equipment. But our kind and experienced staff knows how to put your youngster at ease and gently clean even tiny teeth to remove cavity-causing plaque build-up.
Fluoride, or nature’s cavity fighter, strengthens the surface of teeth to help resist decay. We offer fluoride options that are pleasant-tasting.
Brushing those back teeth is tough, and molars can trap a lot of food particles . Our children’s dentist in Jupiter can apply a safe, thin plastic coating to these rear teeth, preventing cavity-causing bacteria from settling in the grooves on the chewing surfaces. As a bonus, children don’t taste sealants, which can last for years, and applying them is painless.
If your child happens to develop a cavity, we’ll gladly help him or her feel comfortable throughout the process of getting a filling. We also offer tooth-colored filling material.
Childhood mishaps frequently cause chips and small fractures in a child’s front teeth. We use tooth-colored bonding materials to smooth out those problems and restore your child’s smile.
Sometimes a child develops a cavity too large for a filling, or has a tooth crack or break. 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 Jupiter can install a color-matched crown to protect that tooth. Our dentist also can place a crown on a tooth saved by a root canal procedure.
Losing a baby tooth too early because of decay, an accident, or another circumstance can cause additional dental problems, as the surrounding teeth can shift into the empty space. A space maintainer holds the space open until the permanent tooth grows in naturally. It also helps with pre-orthodontic treatment.
Is your child athletic? The American Dental Association recommends that children and adults who play sports wear mouthguards to protect their teeth. This especially holds true for activities such as wrestling, martial arts, boxing, basketball, football, skateboarding, field hockey, and gymnastics. Our custom-made mouthguards feel more comfortable and work better than those boil-and-bite ones available at drugstores and sporting-goods stores.
Emergency Dental Services for Children
If your child has a chipped tooth, a loose tooth, or a tooth knocked out completely, give us a call at (561) 459-1399. Our office in Jupiter is here to help with emergency dental care for children.