Kids and the dentist
It’s our goal at Penfield Family Dentistry to make visiting the dentist a positive experience. We recommend bringing in your child by his/her first birthday for a visit as supported by the American Dental Association. Here we introduce your child to our office and staff, provide proper pediatric oral hygiene techniques, examine for cavities, and check for any developmental complications.
Pediatric Dental Treatments
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It can also repair weakened enamel before cavities form.
It’s not uncommon for a child to chip a tooth. Using tooth-colored bonding materials we can repair fractured teeth on baby teeth and permanent teeth.
Root Canal Treatment
Saving a child’s teeth from early loss can help to prevent a misalignment when the jaw closes which could require orthodontic treatment.
Sealant treatments help prevent tooth decay by sealing fissures, recesses, and pits, to prevent the intrusion of food and bacteria which can result in cavities.
Orthodontic Problems and Interceptive Orthodontics
Between the ages of 6 to 8, we assess for any dental malocclusions that have developed early. Many conditions can benefit from orthodontics such as crossbites, narrow dental arches, overbites, and issues created by habits such as thumb or pacifier use. Orthodontic treatment can help direct proper tooth positioning and/or jaw growth, eliminating or simplifying the need for later treatment.
Oral hygiene is one of the most vital health care steps you can take to assure a wonderful life for your child. Good oral hygiene begins at infancy. Establish a brushing routine early by using a washcloth to gently rub the gums during baby’s bath time. Eventually, as teeth begin to arrive, use a small training toothbrush to brush and massage the gums gently
During the toddler years, you may want to introduce toothpaste using a pediatric toothbrush. Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Explore the different tastes and products and practice spitting out extra toothpaste.
Sports & Your Child’s Teeth
A child is more than 60 times more likely to suffer a dental related sports injury without a mouth guard. Yet many parents claim their athlete doesn’t wear a mouth guard when they run onto the field for contact sports. We recommend a custom-made mouthguard to ensure comfort and greater protection. Please ask us about mouthguards at your child’s next appointment.
Monday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.*
*by appointment only