About Pediatric Dentistry
Good dental health is vital for each member of the household, regardless of their age. At Gibson Dental Care, we are pleased to offer pediatric dental services to maintain the oral health and smiles of your children and teens. Our objective is to provide your family with an enjoyable and relaxing trip to our Lancaster, PA office and create a positive association with the dentist that can last the rest of their life. During their dental visits, our kid-friendly team will evaluate the development of their teeth, search for areas of concern, and instruct them on how best to keep up with good oral hygiene at home. To find out more information about pediatric dentistry for your children or teens, contact our Lancaster, PA office today to schedule an appointment.
Candidates for Pediatric Care
We invite parents to make their child's initial visit with our caring team before their first birthday. From there, it is recommended that kids, like adults, visit the dentist at least two times per year for cleanings and examinations. Children can experience cavities (tooth decay) and other oral health issues even at an early age. You can help give them a healthy start in life by scheduling routine visits for examinations and cleanings. Throughout their appointments, we will screen for any early issues, such as restorative needs, dental malocclusion, and proper eruption, and may suggest fluoride treatments, sealants, or other preventive solutions. Restorative needs to treat damaged or decayed teeth can also be addressed and can often be minimized when children maintain healthy dental habits. Since your child will have their baby (primary) teeth for many years, it important to help keep their mouth in good health as they grow.
What to Expect During Visits
Most trips to the dentist for kids include a dental exam and a cleaning unless other treatment needs are identified. After a dental cleaning, fluoride treatment might be administered to strengthen the teeth against the development of decay. In addition, dental sealants are often recommended to minimize the risk of cavities in permanent back teeth. In some cases, we may need to repair teeth that are already showing signs of decay or are chipped, damaged, or broken. When your child is a pre-teen or teenager, we will evaluate for any orthodontic treatment needs, which might prevent future dental problems. Our team will also monitor their eruption pattern and jaw development, and let you know if your son or daughter might benefit from other services as they grow.
If our team detects an issue during your child's dental examination or cleaning, you might need to schedule a follow-up appointment for treatment. After the cleaning and exam, we will speak with you and your child about the most important part of an oral hygiene routine: regular brushing and flossing. Proper techniques on the correct way to brush and floss each day will also be reviewed. We suggest that you co-brush and floss your child's teeth until they are able to accomplish these tasks effectively on their own. Your child will have a mixture of baby teeth and permanent teeth as their jaw develops and teeth fall out and emerge. In general, this process is generally completed by age 12 – 13. Throughout these critical years, it is important to help your child establish a good oral care routine that will serve their oral health for many years to come.
Grow Bright and Healthy Smiles
Help your child develop good dental health for the remainder of their lifetime by scheduling biannual appointments at Gibson Dental Care. Our highly trained team considers it very important to begin receiving dental care early in life to start preventive steps and avoid future issues from developing. Even the youngest member of your family is welcome at our kid-friendly Lancaster, PA dental practice. To schedule a comprehensive dental examination for your child, get in touch with our team today.