Children’s Dentistry

Children’s Dentistry Mackay

Children have different requirements and needs when it comes to oral health. That’s why it’s best to take them to someone who is experienced in children’s dentistry. Our team of Oral Health Therapist’s enjoy working with our young patients and we make it our goal that they are comfortable, while we provide the best in dental care.

Dental Needs of Children

One of the most important dental services for children is the checkup. Identifying problems while they are minor makes intervention easier. This means that if your child is having regular dental check-ups our Dentists will find any problems before they turn into major issues. Teaching a child at an early age that dental checkups are easy will help them develop good habits for their ongoing oral health.

Our team of children’s dentists and professionals are skilled at helping your child remain calm and happy during their visit. We will do a thorough examination of their teeth, gums and jawbone to catch problems early and even determine if there will be future situations you need to be aware of. We will ensure they have a positive experience so they will feel comfortable coming back to us for all their future dental needs.

Children have different requirements and needs when it comes to oral health. That’s why it’s best to take them to someone who is experienced in children’s dentistry. Our team of children’s dentists enjoy working with our young patients and we make it our goal that they are comfortable, while we provide the best in dental care.

Dental Needs of Children

One of the most important dental services for children is the checkup. Identifying problems while they are minor makes intervention easier. This means that if your child is having regular dental check-ups our Dentists will find any problems before they turn into major issues. Teaching a child at an early age that dental checkups are easy will help them develop good habits for their ongoing oral health.

Our team of children’s dentists and professionals are skilled at helping your child remain calm and happy during their visit. We will do a thorough examination of their teeth, gums and jawbone to catch problems early and even determine if there will be future situations you need to be aware of. We will ensure they have a positive experience so they will feel comfortable coming back to us for all their future dental needs.

Hana M

I would recommend this practice to everyone. So professional, efficient and staff is friendly. Special thanks to Dr Rachel Hartl. She is very gentle and caring. I especially like when she explained the procedure and every step she was doing. She is the best!

Hana M

Benefits of Children’s Dentistry

 
When children begin dental visits at an early age, they tend to experience less fear and anxiety in all dental situations as they grow and develop. Dentistry has come a long way with technologies and practices that keep procedures quick and mostly pain-free. Some other benefits of early dental visits that you and your family will include:

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Reduce dental anxiety for both parents and children
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Early detection of cavities or identify hidden cavities
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Early detection of dental problems leads to no or less pain for your child
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Allow dentist to protect teeth that have weak enamel to avoid cavities
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Regular dental checkups allow the dentist to identify abnormalities or possible need for orthodontics
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Early interception for crooked teeth may lead to easier options such as retainers over braces later
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Early intervention of dental problems often means less cost to repair or fix teeth
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Reduce dental anxiety for both parents and children
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Early detection of cavities or identify hidden cavities
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Early detection of dental problems leads to no or less pain for your child
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Allow dentist to protect teeth that have weak enamel to avoid cavities
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Regular dental checkups allow the dentist to identify abnormalities or possible need for orthodontics
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Early interception for crooked teeth may lead to easier options such as retainers over braces later
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Early intervention of dental problems often means less cost to repair or fix teeth

What to Expect During a Child’s Dental Exam

 
We want you and your child to feel safe and comfortable when you visit us, and one way to help is to let you know what to expect. Each child has different needs when it comes to oral health, but some things remain similar. The following are what you can expect during your child’s dental exam:

When a child is very young, around one year of age, and their teeth are just coming in, they will often sit on the parent’s lap while the dentist simply has a look around
Once the dentist determines how well teeth are growing in, they will share any concerns with you and offer tips for cleaning the new teeth
Older children will get to sit in the dental chair while the dentist simply looks around during the dental exam; this is painless, unless there is already a dental problem, of course
Sometimes a dentist might require x-rays, which are also painless
The dentist may feel around the gums, jaw and cheeks for abnormalities
Sometimes a hygienist will visit and clean the child’s teeth and provide fun instruction about brushing and flossing
When a child is very young, around one year of age, and their teeth are just coming in, they will often sit on the parent’s lap while the dentist simply has a look around
Once the dentist determines how well teeth are growing in, they will share any concerns with you and offer tips for cleaning the new teeth
The dentist may feel around the gums, jaw and cheeks for abnormalities
Sometimes a dentist might require x-rays, which are also painless
Older children will get to sit in the dental chair while the dentist simply looks around during the dental exam; this is painless, unless there is already a dental problem, of course
Sometimes a hygienist will visit and clean the child’s teeth and provide fun instruction about brushing and flossing

The steps for early dental exams are relatively quick and low stress. This allows the child time to become comfortable with the dentist and learn that a dental visit can be a pleasant one. The more comfortable a child is coming for regular checkups, the easier it will be to catch problems early and help them avoid discomfort or pain. This sets your child up for a lifetime of good oral habits.

Teeth Straightening and Orthodontics for Children

 
Early dental visits allow the dentist to keep track of how teeth are growing in to determine if there will be a future need for teeth straightening. Often, early intervention allows for easier treatment that costs less.

We offer Invisalign but not conventional braces. But not all children who need teeth straightening need braces, while not everyone is a candidate for the alternative, Invisalign. Each situation is different, and our experienced dentists will determine what is best for your child. And if you have a choice, it’s always best to know the pros and cons of each.

Braces

Pros:

Stay fitted to teeth so no worries about getting lost, and having to remember to put them back in.

Cons:

Eating may be restricted to avoid certain foods, while cleaning teeth and braces may take longer.

Invisalign 

Pros:

Socially acceptable, less intrusive, less pain, easy to clean teeth.

Cons:

Requires patient compliance, Invisalign aligners are removable (so your child may lose the aligners or not wear them enough to get proper results.)

Get Ready for Your Child’s First Exam

When a child is stressed, it can be even more stressful for parents. We want you and your family to feel comfortable coming to us, and are ready to help. That’s why we have put together this handy guide of things you can do before your child’s first exam:

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Talk to your child and let them know the dentist is just looking around
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Watch fun, children’s television shows with characters that go to the dentist, like Peppa Pig and the Wiggles when they visit the dentist
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Read children’s books with your child, like Dr. Seuss’ The Tooth Book

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Do not talk about pain or needles, as this can make them feel fearful
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Discuss oral health in a positive and upbeat way
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Allow your child to bring a comfort blanket or stuffed animal they can hold during the visit
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Let the dentist know if your child is particularly fearful or has special needs so we can accommodate
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Schedule your appointments for when the child is at their best. For many young children this means morning appointments are preferable
Early dental visits are a chance to set your child up with healthy oral habits for life. They can learn at an early age that a visit to the dentist does not have to be painful, and they can grow up knowing that prevention is the best approach to oral health.

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Whether you’re looking for general, restorative or cosmetic dentistry, it’s important to know what the investment is upfront so you can make an informed decision.

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Make an Appointment Today

 
Call today and make an appointment for your child or children. Our experienced and compassionate team here at Plaza Dental will treat your family with a gentle touch and can assist with all your dental needs from general dentistry to orthodontics. Come visit and allow us to serve you.

Make an Appointment Today

Call today and make an appointment for your child or children. Our experienced and compassionate team here at Plaza Dental will treat your family with a gentle touch and can assist with all your dental needs from general dentistry to orthodontics. Come visit and allow us to serve you.
Bernice W

Best dental experience I have ever had. Dr Stephen and Dr Monica were both very gentle and made me feel very relaxed. Thank you too to their wonderful nurses.

Bernice W

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