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Equally important to your child’s good physical health is their good dental health. The dentists in our office include pediatric dentists.

A pediatric dentist has completed general dentistry training, as well as a minimum of two additional years in the specialty field of dentistry for kids. Each children’s dentist in our practice is dedicated to making both children and their parents as comfortable as possible during their visit. They can also provide parents with tips on establishing healthy eating habits and good oral hygiene methods so that children begin a healthy lifestyle at an early age.

Garden State Dental is dedicated to dentistry for children and we constantly strive to maintain our reputation as one of the best in the area for kids’ dental care.

Does My Child Really Need to See a Children’s Dentist?

If your child has one tooth, then the answer is yes, they need to see a children’s dentist in Northern New Jersey. One tooth can develop a cavity, whether your child is a few months old or a couple of years old and maintaining their good oral health is vital. It also establishes a lifelong pattern of good oral hygiene, so if you’ve been asking friends and family, “Where is the best children’s dentist near me”, then call our office today to schedule an appointment.

What Should I Expect to Happen During My Child’s Initial Dental Visit?

Your children’s dentist will need to examine the condition and alignment of your child’s teeth and jaw, so they’ll conduct an examination. Your child can be in the dentist’s chair if they’re comfortable with that or they can be seated on your lap. Our objective is to ensure that both you and your child are comfortable, so whichever is best for you and your child is fine with us. Children don’t usually require X-rays, but if your child needs one, we can accommodate that.

We use several procedures to ensure your child’s good oral health, including:

Teeth cleaning: Clean teeth are the first step in achieving your child’s good oral health and our dentists and hygienists are experts at cleaning children’s teeth.

Fluoride treatment: Fluoride is a natural cavity fighter and when applied topically to the teeth, it can inhibit the formation of decay.

Tooth sealant: A thin plastic film is applied to the back of the teeth and it seals the surface, which means that bacteria and food particles won’t stay there.

Tooth bonding: If your child has minor chips or cracks in one or more teeth, we can apply a tooth-colored material to the surface. This will repair some or all of the damage and make it less visible.

Tooth fillings: If your child has one or more teeth that have cavities, we can use either an amalgam or a tooth-colored material to fill the tooth and restore its functionality.

Baby root canal: If the decay in one or more teeth has reached the nerve center of the tooth, then we can perform a baby root canal and alleviate your child’s pain. Sometimes a root canal is the only way we can save a tooth, so call us if you think your child needs one.

Pediatric crown: If your child’s tooth needs to be filled but the cavity is too large to accommodate a filling, your kid’s dentist can place a pediatric crown on the tooth. A tooth crown is also called a tooth cap and it will restore functionality to the tooth and eliminate toothaches.

Mouthguards: If your child participates in sports such as football, gymnastics, hockey or any other active sport, the American Dental Association recommends that they wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth from being cracked, knocked loose or knocked out. A mouthguard will also soften any facial blows received. If your child needs a mouthguard, call our Northern New Jersey office today and schedule an appointment.

Do Baby Teeth Appear by a Certain Age?

Baby teeth usually begin to erupt between four to six months of age, although your child can be earlier or later than this. Each child is different and the development of their teeth will be unique to them.

Do Baby Teeth Fall Out by a Certain Age?

Baby teeth will fall out in the order in which they appeared, in most cases. This usually occurs at around five or six years of age and continues until your child is 10 or 12 years old. Again, your child is unique and their timeframe for losing their baby teeth will be unique to them.

What Causes Toothaches in My Child?

Healthy teeth shouldn’t be painful. If your child is experiencing chronic toothaches in one or more teeth, then you should schedule an appointment with a children’s dentist. If your child experiences an acute toothache, schedule a dental appointment so the underlying cause can be determined. Don’t delay seeking treatment if your child has a toothache. Call Garden State Dental to schedule an appointment with a compassionate pediatric dentist.

We take pride in our commitment to our young patients and want to provide them with excellent oral care in a comfortable environment. Our patients rate our dental team as having some of the best children’s dentists in Northern New Jersey, so call us today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to speaking with you and treating your child.

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