Children’s Dentistry

Our office welcomes children of all ages and helps make them comfortable through a variety of environmental and treatment techniques. We provide preventative, hygiene, and general care, and often partner with patients throughout their lifetime.

Proper care of a child's primary teeth (also known as "baby" teeth) is very important as these teeth hold space for the future eruption of permanent teeth.

If a baby tooth decays or is removed too early, the space necessary for the permanent teeth is lost and can only be regained through orthodontic treatment.

Infected baby teeth can cause the permanent teeth to develop improperly resulting in stains, pits, and weaker teeth.

Most children begin losing their baby teeth around the age of four, usually the front bottom teeth first. They continue to lose baby teeth until the age of 12 or 13 when all of the permanent teeth finally come through.

Generally, thumb-sucking before the age of two is normal and harmless. When thumb-sucking is not stopped by the appropriate age (generally by the age of five) then parents should discourage the act. Prolonged thumb-sucking may contribute to crowded and/or crooked teeth development and bite problems. 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the following to ensure your child eats correctly to maintain a healthy body and teeth: 

  •  Ask your dentist to help you assess your child's diet.

  •  Shop smart. Do not routinely stock your pantry with sugary or starchy snacks.

  •  Buy "fun foods" just for special times.

  •  Limit the number of snack times; choose nutritious snacks.

  •  Provide a balanced diet and save foods with sugar or starch for mealtimes. Do not put your young child to bed with     a bottle of milk, formula, or juice. If your child chews gum or

  •  sips soda, choose those without sugar.