Children’s Dentistry – Marlton, NJ
Keeping Young Teeth Beautiful and Cavity-Free
Your teeth are meant to last you a lifetime, so they should be receiving the best oral care available as soon as possible. Help your little ones develop good oral hygiene habits early in life by taking them to a children’s dentist in Marlton. Dr. Petulla and Dr. Kazemi will help get them started on the path to a lifetime of healthy teeth. Contact us today to schedule a checkup for the youngest in your family.
When Does Your Child Need to See the Dentist?
Cavities can form at any age, so you should start taking your child to the dentist before their first birthday, or six months after their first tooth erupts. After that, your little one should have a checkup at least twice a year to make sure their teeth are developing properly. Remember: even cavities in baby teeth can have long term consequences on oral health, so don’t let such problems go unaddressed.
We’ll spend time with your children to make sure they learn proper brushing and flossing technique. We can also give parents tips for protecting young smiles; for example, we can tell you how much toothpaste is appropriate to use at certain ages, or we can advise you on discouraging thumb sucking.
Compassionate Dental Care
Many young children are anxious about visiting the dentist. If they develop a dental phobia early in life, they might not seek out dental care as adults even when they need it. The best way to avoid this outcome is to find a compassionate, caring dentist that can help your children feel comfortable. Dr. Petulla and Dr. Kasemi can help your little ones feel at ease during their visits. They also know what questions to ask to find the source of certain dental issues (for example, if there’s a toothache that they haven’t complained about).
Receiving compassionate care from the dentist can also help encourage your child to practice good oral hygiene at home, as they might learn best from a kind authority figure. We can explain the importance of brushing and flossing in kid-friendly terms so that they’ll understand.
Common Dental Services for Children
All children need at least two routine dental checkups and cleanings each year. X-rays are also needed to detect certain oral health issues that would be hard to detect just by looking in the mouth. Feel free to ask us about what will happen during these regular appointments; knowing what to expect in advance can help your child feel more comfortable.
If your child has trouble brushing or flossing teeth near the back of their mouths, we can apply dental sealants to give them extra protection from cavities. A sealant is a special formula applied to the surface of the tooth to help prevent food particles and bacteria from getting trapped in the grooves.
Finally, we’re ready to leap into action right away if your child has a dental emergency. When urgent care is needed and time is of the essence, you’ll want to take them to someone familiar for treatment if possible.