Prioritizing your toddler’s oral health needs can be a challenge. Thankfully, our pediatric dentists are experts at helping our toddler patients transition from infant care smoothly and comfortably. Please contact us today in the Dallas area if you’re ready to schedule the first appointment for your toddler here at Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, or if you have any questions.
Your toddler is now old enough for us to start providing them with regular checkups! As all of the primary teeth make an appearance in their smile, guarding against tooth decay will become more important than ever. Our Lakewood team of dentists will also keep a lookout for potential developmental concerns as they become clear and recommend intervention when needed to help your toddler avoid more serious treatment down the road.
Once your toddler is capable of holding a toothbrush designed for children, parents should start encouraging them to brush while they continue to help. When all of the primary teeth have erupted, it’s time to start flossing as well! Also, make sure that you’re encouraging your child to spit out the toothpaste instead of swallowing it, as this can cause tooth enamel defects over time. If they’re struggling with this, use only a pea-sized dab of toothpaste (or even no toothpaste at all) during every brushing session. We’re happy to show you how this should be done when you bring your toddler into our Dallas, TX office for an appointment.
At this age, you can expect our team of pediatric dentists in Lakewood to start easing your child into gentle checkups and cleanings while making sure to prioritize their comfort every step of the way. We’ll inspect their baby teeth and gums for any signs of trouble that need pediatric dental attention and carefully remove any plaque that’s found its way onto the enamel. We’ll start giving them their first lessons about brushing and flossing!
At Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we’ll personalize our available services so as to match your special toddler’s changing needs, providing quality preventive care, restorative treatment, and emergency intervention as needed. Our Dallas pediatric dentists want to give their happy smile all the support it needs! To learn more about these options, keep reading:
Dental checkups and teeth cleanings for teens should be scheduled every six months on average. During these important visits to our Dallas office, we will want to inspect every aspect of your toddler’s oral health, including each tooth surface, their gum tissue, overall bite, jaw, any existing restorations that are in place, and more. Once we have all the information we need, we can sit down with you (the parent) in order to plan out any necessary treatment.
Professional cleanings for toddlers are also essential because they get rid of accumulations of dental plaque, a bacteria-filled substance that can cause cavities. By cleaning it away, we’re able to protect smiles from tooth decay and help your toddler feel refreshed!
As you start to teach your toddler how to brush, they’re likely to struggle with keeping the hard-to-reach chewing surfaces of back teeth clean. Thankfully, dental sealants can help. Our team here at Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics will paint on this tough, plastic-based substance and harden it over the tooth so that it can work as a barrier, keeping out food particles and bacteria. Sealants are safe, comfortable, and can last for several years with proper maintenance.
Fluoride is a very valuable mineral that can be found in most community water supplies, as well as various oral health products. This is because safe exposure to fluoride has been proven through research to have positive effects on growing smiles, helping teeth become stronger and less prone to decay. If your toddler needs an extra supplement of fluoride to reap these benefits, we can provide this during regular appointments to our Dallas, TX office.
Our Lakewood team works hard to help our pediatric patients prevent cavities, but unfortunately they can pop up here and there despite our best efforts. When they do, we’ll correct the damage done to the tooth with a tooth-colored filling. These fillings blend right in with the smile, which means your toddler won’t even be able to tell the difference between them and their natural tooth enamel. They’re also comfortable and safe for smiles in need.
There’s a lot that can happen underneath the surface of a smile, and X-rays are the best way for our pediatric dentists and orthodontists to see more than our eyes alone can show us. Our Lakewood office uses state-of-the-art digital technology in order to capture highly detailed images of your toddler’s developing teeth and jaw. Unlike traditional film, digital X-rays are very fast and very safe. In fact, they reduce radiation exposure by up to 80%!
Every tooth has multiple layers with a “pulp” at the center. This pulp contains nerves, tissues, and blood vessels that work hard to channel nutrients and oxygen into the tooth. If your child suffered a traumatic dental injury or advanced tooth decay, harmful bacteria can reach this area and cause serious infection. Instead of removing the tooth, our Lakewood dentists and orthodontists will do their best to save it with either a root canal procedure or pulp therapy.
While adults undergo a full root canal in this situation, we want to preserve as much of the remaining healthy pulp to support the tooth’s further development. After removing the damaged portions, the tooth will be fitted with a dental crown to strengthen the remaining structure.
Sucking fingers and thumbs is a common move for many toddlers, but what parents don’t often know is that this can actually cause damage to the position of the jaw over time if they don’t stop by the age of four. Our pediatric dentists here at Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics are happy to answer any questions you may have about this habit and offer tips as well for how to motivate your toddler to grow out of it. It’s important to approach this issue at a low-stress time and also use positive reinforcement to make sure the change sticks!
From infancy, children may end up with one or more bands of oral tissue that connect to the lips, cheeks, or floor of their mouth. These attachments (also known as “frenum”) can interfere with their dental health and cause discomfort and aesthetic problems as well. Thankfully, our Dallas pediatric dentists can perform oral surgery in order to correct this issue. A frenectomy is a minor procedure where we’ll either loosen or remove the frenum; this typically only takes half an hour at most. If the tissue is too thick, though, a frenuloplasty can be performed instead by surgically repositioning the tissue.
Toddlers are adventurous, eager to play, and prone to clumsiness at times. As a result, serious pediatric dental injuries can happen in the blink of an eye when a parent’s back is turned. At Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we ask you to contact our Dallas practice as soon as possible when these scary events occur. We can schedule an emergency appointment with your toddler in order to relieve any pain they’re experiencing, as well as provide first-aid tips over the phone.
Removing a natural tooth from the mouth is never our dentists’ or orthodontists’ first choice when treating pediatric dental patients. However, situations can arise where it becomes a necessity in order to preserve their ongoing oral health and wellbeing, such as:
Parents can rest assured that our Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics staff will handle this process as comfortably as possible, using sedation dentistry when necessary to ensure our toddler patients’ safety.