Children’s Dentist - Doylestown, PA
Considerate Care for Your Younger Family Members
Children’s oral health matters a great deal, which is why it’s so important to bring your child in for an appointment once their teeth begin to erupt. The sooner you get them acclimated with the dentist, the easier their future appointments will be as they get older. Dr. David W. Lewis Jr. provides everything you need to protect your child’s oral development, so don’t wait to schedule their very first appointment today; we can’t wait to meet them!
Why Choose Perfect Smiles of Doylestown for Children’s Dentistry?
- Caring Dentist with 40 Years of Experience
- Warm, Welcoming and Friendly Office
- Dedicated to Serving You On Time
When Should My Child Visit the Dentist?
Children should be having their first dental appointment either by their first birthday or as soon as their teeth begin to erupt. After that, they should be visiting at least once every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Routine appointments are meant to give Dr. Lewis a chance to examine their oral development. If any problems arise, it’s much better to catch them early, especially when it comes to decay or cavities in baby teeth.
What to Expect at Your Child's First Visit
During the initial visit, Dr. Lewis will not spend too much time examining or cleaning your child’s mouth. This is not the bulk of their first appointment simply because there isn’t much to examine or treat. If any plaque or tartar is present, we’ll carefully remove it so your child’s oral health is under control. Following this, he’ll go over essential at-home care for your child as well as future treatments you’ll need to consider moving forward.
Preventive Care At-Home
Basic preventive care involves brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing at least once a day. For very young patients, you should be using a smear of toothpaste that is no larger than a grain of rice on their toothbrush. Once they hit the age of three, you can upgrade to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Start flossing once two teeth can touch. We’ll help you determine the best oral care products for your child, just make sure to choose a toothbrush that fits their mouth and has soft bristles.
Does your child struggle with cavities or tooth decay? While learning a new routine like brushing and flossing can be difficult, your child may also be susceptible to tooth decay due to no fault of their own. Regardless of the case, we can seal their most vulnerable teeth using composite resin dental sealants. This treatment only takes a few minutes to complete, protects teeth with deep pits and fissures, and is proven to reduce the risk of cavities moving forward.
Fluoride is incredibly important at every age, but it’s even more crucial as your child’s teeth begin to erupt and develop. Even though baby teeth are supposed to fall out on their own, they should not be falling out prematurely due to decay. Fluoride treatments following their basic preventive cleanings ensure that their teeth remain strong throughout their development. It’s precisely why fluoride is found in the oral care products you should be providing your child.
A Deeper Dive into Children’s Dentistry
Finding the right children’s dentist in Doylestown can be challenging. Fortunately, if you are researching our page and learning more about us, you will be inclined to call and take a tour of our office! Our warm and welcoming staff are here to ensure your child receives the care they need for a happier, healthier, longer-lasting smile. Not only do we aim to provide comfort and excitement for your little one, but we also strive to offer complete transparency when detailing various treatment plans. To offer additional insight about what we have to offer, we’ve compiled the answers to some frequently asked questions. Should you need additional help, we invite you to contact our office.
What is the best way to prepare my child for their first visit?
Making sure you use positive wording when talking about the dentist’s office will help to minimize any fear or anxiety your child might have about their visit. As an adult, your child likely watches your reactions and observes your attitude, so being mindful of this will send them the message that everything will be just fine and that there’s nothing to worry about. You can also spend a few days leading up to the appointment talking about the importance of good oral hygiene and how the dentist is someone who will help them maintain a healthy smile.
How should I clean my baby’s teeth?
Long before their first tooth erupts, you can be proactive about their oral health by using a damp washcloth to gently wipe their gums. This will remove any residue after feedings. However, once that first tooth breaks through, you will need to use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head to carefully brush the tooth (or teeth). Our team at Perfects Smiles of Doylestown can offer tips and advice on how to best care for these initial teeth when they first make their appearance.
Is my child getting enough fluoride?
As your child grows, making sure they are getting enough fluoride is important. Fortunately, this usually isn’t an issue since most communities incorporate it into the water supply. You will also find that toothpaste is a great way for your child to receive fluoride, especially if they are practicing good dental habits by brushing their teeth in the morning and at night before bedtime. During your child’s dental visits, their dentist will be able to determine if they are getting enough fluoride. If not, additional treatments can be provided during these appointments.
Why are baby teeth important?
Although these primary teeth eventually fall out, they make it possible for your child to eat and speak without problems. They also serve to create a healthy path for permanent teeth when it is time for them to erupt.
Too often, parents disregard the importance of baby teeth and are not diligent when it comes to caring for their child’s teeth. As a result, tooth decay and cavities can begin to form, creating an unhealthy smile. Everything from dental caries (cavities), infection, and losing teeth too early can have a negative impact on future adult teeth when they come through.