Did you know that many painful adult dental problems can be prevented by providing the right pediatric dentistry services early in life? That’s why Dr. Gerlach recommends bringing your child to our Fort Worth, TX pediatric dentist office before their first birthday!
Help Your Child Avoid Dental Problems As An Adult
Some dental problems begin very early in life. One concern is early childhood tooth decay, a serious condition caused by a child staying on the bottle (or breast) for too long.
Another problem young children can struggle with is gum disease. About 40% of children between the ages of 2 and 3 have at least mild inflammation of gum tissues. Oral habits (such as sucking their thumb or using a pacifier) should also be considered.
The earlier your child can visit our office, the better the chances of preventing future oral health problems. Strong, healthy teeth will help your child chew food easily, speak clearly, and have confidence in their beautiful smile.
Your Child’s First Visit To The Dentist
Dr. Gerlach understands that you want the best for your child. At Sycamore Smiles, we are dedicated to providing the most advanced pediatric dentistry services to every one of our patients.
Get your child’s smile off to a great start, by protecting their teeth with professional, preventive dentistry services at our office today!
Dental Protection For Sports & Athletic Activities
Before your child hits the field or the court, make sure they’re wearing all of their protective gear, including a custom mouthguard from Sycamore Smiles.
If your child plays a sport or is involved in any athletic activity, a mouth guard can help them avoid concussions, prevent broken or lost teeth, and cushion their oral soft tissue from accidental blows. It’s a great investment for your child’s smile – and it’s much cheaper than having to pay for a dental emergency!
Child-Safe Dental Fillings
Even when a cavity isn’t causing your child pain, it’s important to treat it to prevent further damage to the tooth. Tooth decay can worsen when it isn't treated immediately, negatively affecting not just your child's oral health, but their overall health. After all, healthy baby teeth are what lead to healthy adult teeth! At Sycamore Smiles, we use safe, mercury-free fillings to restore your child’s tooth when it has been damaged by decay.
Gentle Tooth Extractions
Sometimes your child’s tooth may be too badly decayed to save. In this case, Dr. Gerlach will perform a gentle tooth extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely broken due to an oral accident or if a tooth is growing in and crowding other healthy teeth.
Pulpotomy (AKA “Baby Root Canal”)
If a cavity is left untreated, it can turn into an infected tooth that needs to be treated with a pulpotomy. Once an infection reaches the nerve of your child’s tooth it can spread to the rest of their body, causing pain.
When this happens, Dr. Gerlach often recommends a “baby root canal” to save the rest of your child’s healthy tooth. This procedure is gentle and will remove the infection, relieving your child’s mouth pain.
What Is Early Childhood Tooth Decay?
Babies who go to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, or juice are more likely to get tooth decay. Because the sugar in formula, milk, or juice stays in contact with the teeth for a long time during the night, their teeth can start to decay quickly.
Tips To Help Your Child Avoid Early Childhood Tooth Decay
- Put your child to bed with a bottle of plain water, not milk or juice.
- Try not to let your child walk around during the day using a bottle of milk or juice as a pacifier.
- Teach your child to drink from a cup when they reach six months of age. Plan to stop using a bottle by 12-14 months, at the latest.
- Don’t dip your child’s pacifier in honey or sugar.
Have Questions About Our Pediatric Dentistry Services?
Our dentist is uniquely qualified to protect your child’s oral health using the most advanced dental services for children.