Children’s Dentistry – Louisville, KY
Helping Young Smiles Grow
Children are not just little adults. They have their own concerns when it comes to dental care, and children’s dentistry provides for these differences to help young patients during the vital formative years. When kids have access to professional dental care, a child’s likelihood of growing up with a healthy smile greatly increases. We provide complete family dental care that includes children’s dentistry. We’re committed to making sure that your child makes it to adulthood with a whole and healthy smile.
Why Choose Remmers Dental for Children’s Dentistry?
- Friendly and Gentle Dental Team
- Streamlined System for Convenient Care
- Variety of Child-Friendly Dental Services
The Importance of Early-Age Dental Care
What makes children’s dentistry different? All dentistry is focused on prevention, but children’s dentistry places special emphasis on this. Kids are highly susceptible to decay because they haven’t developed strong enamel or great oral health habits yet. We perform regular cleanings and checkups, and during these visits, we educate your child about the proper ways to care for smiles at home. Fluoride treatments during children’s dentistry visits improve the development of strong, cavity-resistant tooth enamel, and once the adult teeth come in, dental sealants add a layer of cavity protection.
Your Child’s First Visit
The very first children’s dentistry visit is important because it sets the stage for an understanding of just how important dental care truly is. We recommend bringing your child to see us around the age of 3 for the first children’s dentistry visit. We show your child the tools used in the dental office, introduce him or her to our technology, and familiarize him or her with the process. We perform a very gentle cleaning to show your child that children’s dentistry doesn’t hurt. We want them to think trips to the dentist are fun, and we go to great lengths to make this first visit as enjoyable as possible.
Your child’s smile will go through several stages of development. We can check at each visit to make sure this is happening properly, and if we see signs of a problem, we can intervene to get the development back on track. We may find an issue during a children’s dentistry appointment that requires treatment from an orthodontist, and we can provide referrals to highly trusted colleagues in the Louisville, KY area.
Is it time for your child to visit the dentist? Contact Remmers Dental in Louisville, KY to make an appointment. Our fun and friendly staff loves seeing kids, and we serve families from Clarksville, Jeffersonville, and beyond.
Children’s Dentistry FAQs
When it comes to your child’s oral health, they deserve to benefit from the best dental care. You want to ensure you’re making the right decisions for their smiles, but it’s normal to have a few concerns about children’s dentistry. There isn’t any reason to worry. Their children’s dentist in Louisville will explain everything during their appointment. To help ease any apprehensions, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us.
When should I clean my baby’s teeth?
You don’t want to wait until your child’s first baby teeth erupt to begin an oral hygiene routine. We recommend wiping their gums using a soft, wet cloth at least twice a day. You’ll get them into the habit of caring for their smile, making it easier to brush and floss their teeth as they age. After their baby teeth break through the gum tissue, introduce a soft-bristled toothbrush that accommodates the size of their mouth. Brush their teeth at least twice daily to remove any plaque or bacteria that can lead to cavities.
When should my child see their pediatric dentist for the first time?
Generally, your child should have an initial appointment with their pediatric dentist before their first birthday; however, we recommend they have one no later than the age of 3. Although this might seem young, early dental appointments are crucial to your child’s oral health and development. It allows us to monitor their developing smile to provide quick intervention if a complication arises. Not to mention, it allows them to build a trusted relationship with their dental team for stress-free visits. They will also learn the importance of regular dental care. As a result, they will be more likely to commit to their oral health throughout life.
What is baby bottle tooth decay?
Baby bottle decay is caused by prolonged nursing or using a bottle. It is a pattern of rapid decay that results from a child sleeping while breastfeeding or with a bottle. While a baby sleeps, their saliva production decreases, and the natural self-cleaning action of the mouth ceases. As a result, cavity-causing bacteria will linger in their mouth. Although baby bottle tooth decay is common, there are several things you can do to safeguard their smile, like not nursing while they are sleeping. If they go to bed with a bottle, only allow them to have water. It’s best for your child to learn to drink from a cup around their first birthday. Ideally, you’ll want them to be fully weaned from a bottle between 12-14 months of age.
Can thumb sucking harm their smile?
Thumb sucking and pacifiers are popular methods of self-soothing, but the habits can increase their risk of crowded or crooked teeth. It can even lead to bite problems. If they still have a habit of sucking their thumbs or fingers after their permanent teeth begin to erupt, we may recommend using an oral appliance to discourage them from placing their hands in their mouth.