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Throughout their early years of life, children go through a range of stages of oral health development, with many changes to their teeth and mouths that require pediatric dental care.Taking children for dental checkups from an early age is not only a great way to ensure that their teeth are developing as they should be, but it’s also an excellent way to begin getting children used to visiting the dentist. Despite the fact that children’s ‘milk teeth’ tend to begin falling out at around six years old and will be replaced with an adult set by the age of 14 years old, it’s important to get children into the habit of taking care of their oral health from a young age.
Research shows that children’s teeth can often be susceptible to tooth decay, and in these instances, the decay should be treated even if teeth will eventually fall out and be replaced with adult teeth. When tooth decay is left untreated, it can cause pain, as well as other oral health problems, which is why regular dental examinations are vital for children from a young age. Part of the childhood dental care that we provide includes checking for proper jaw and facial development. This is crucial as the sooner jaw and teeth abnormalities are found, the sooner they can be treated.
To ensure that your child learns about the importance of dental health and maintaining good hygiene practices, schedule their appointment with one of our doctors today.
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It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that parents should establish what dental facility their children will attend by the age of 12 months, with their first visit scheduled. Undergoing a dental check as a baby gives parents a location for where their kids can undergo dental check-ups and care, as well as helping to ensure that the child begins forming a positive relationship with their dentist from a young age.
At Hawthorne Dental, we are always happy to answer any questions about our dental practice, care or procedures, so if you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
What To Expect
We understand that for some children, visiting the dentist can be a scary experience, which is why we aim to ensure that every experience our patients have is a positive one. Our team goes above and beyond to ensure that children are put at ease, feel comfortable, and enjoy their visit.
To help make children feel more at home, our reception area is a playful area and has a range of toys, games, and books on offer to keep kids occupied. When it comes to undergoing dental check-ups and procedures, we encourage parents to join their children in the examination or treatment room, to help make them feel calmer and more at ease.
How To Prepare Your Child For Their Visit
If a parent suffers from dental anxiety, there’s a high chance that their child will do too. To prepare your child for their first visit to the dentist, make sure to be mindful of what you say and adapt a positive attitude. Don’t let your own fears show and impact your child, and don’t make a big deal out of their visit to the dentist.
Talk to your child about their upcoming dental visit and explain why seeing the dentist regularly is so important. Explain to them that the dentist will look in their mouth, check how healthy their teeth are, and that’s it. Make it clear that there’s nothing to be scared of and the dentist and his team are all friendly and kind people. We encourage you to show your child the photos of the doctors and their team from this website, to help them familiarize themselves with who they will see.
It is our goal to ensure that every child who visits Hawthorne Kids Dentistry has a positive experience. To help to do this, our team will go above and beyond to make sure that your child is put at ease at all times.
At Hawthorne Dental we focus on offering preventative dentistry, which means that we prevent most problems before they start. Here’s how we do that:
There is a range of benefits for routine teeth cleaning for infants, children, and adolescents. By keeping teeth free from plaque, we can help to minimize the risk of decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
Used in conjunction with regular brushing, fluoride varnish is able to give extra protection against cavities. Fluoride varnishing treatment is quick and painless; one of our skilled team members applies the gel to the teeth, the gel penetrates the tooth enamel, hardening and protecting it. This treatment helps to prevent cavities from forming.
These BPA free sealants are highly effective at preventing dental decay. Painted onto the back teeth, dental sealants coat them in a very thin plastic, helping to prevent decay. These last for between five and seven years and are highly effective.
Custom Tailored Prevention Plan
As part of the service that we provide, at Hawthorne Kid’s Dentistry, we are dedicated to providing pediatric patients with a customized prevention plan, that is suited to their individual needs. Each child’s plan is designed to ensure the optimal health of your child’s teeth, preventing decay and other oral health problems.
Composite Teeth Bonding for Children
For children that have teeth that are cracked or chipped, composite bonding can be a suitable treatment method. This is a treatment where a resin is shaped and molded onto a damaged tooth to restore the tooth to its natural strength, size, and appearance.
White Spot Lesions
White Spot Lesion Treatment
A lack of oral health care or orthodontic treatment can cause a child to develop an enamel decalcification, also known as ‘white spot lesions’. Some white spot lesions may not need treatment if they have been caught at an early stage. However, others may require repairing to prevent them from turning into cavities.
Treatment for Children with Dental Anxiety
For children, visiting the dentist can be terrifying, which is why a lot of young people suffer from dental anxiety. To help deal with dental anxiety in kids, our team are committed to ensuring that your child always has a positive experience when having check-ups of treatments.