Children’s Dentistry – Bedford, TX
TLC for Growing Smiles
As your child grows, their smile undergoes many changes and stages of development. Fortunately, we can guide you both through these phases! The experiences your child has at the dentist’s office while they’re young can have a huge impact on them through adulthood. When it comes to their oral health, our team at Omega Dental wants to give your child positive dental experiences so that they learn the importance of healthy habits, such as brushing, flossing, and regular hygiene visits, early on. In other words, we want to help your child keep their smile strong for a lifetime!
Why Choose Omega Dental for Children’s Dentistry?
- Husband-Wife Team with Kids of Their Own
- Dental Insurance Welcome
- Convenient Appointment Times Available
When Should My Child Visit the Dentist for the First Time?
It may seem early, but the first dental visit should occur about six months after the first tooth erupts or by the time your child turns one year old. At this point, we are mainly concerned about establishing a good rapport with your child, checking for early signs of decay, and monitoring their oral growth and development. Our visits with them will mainly consist of a gentle examination as well as answering any questions you may have about what to expect within the following six months. We can also talk about potential risks for your child’s smile, such as sucking on a pacifier or thumb, and how to overcome these risks.
Dental Checkups and Cleanings for Kids
As your child continues to get older, our hygienists can start to gently remove any plaque buildup. We also take the time to teach your child how to care for their teeth and gums at home, instilling healthy habits that will serve them well throughout their entire life.
When your little one begins to get adult teeth, starting with their six-year molars, we can talk about getting dental sealants to protect their permanent teeth from decay and adding fluoride treatments to their routine appointments as well.
As your child’s fine motor skills are developing, some food particles, plaque, and other debris can be missed while brushing and flossing. To prevent cavities from forming, we can provide a protective coating to their molars and premolars. Dental sealants offer the best of both worlds as well: they are effective at preventing tooth decay while also being aesthetic so that no unwanted attention is drawn to their smile.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound that has been proven to protect teeth from decay, which is why it’s an ingredient in toothpaste, mouthwash, and other oral hygiene products. At our office, we use fluoride treatments topically once we’ve cleared away plaque and other debris from their teeth. Although the entire process only takes a few minutes, it can dramatically reduce your child’s chances of developing cavities.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism is the habit of chronically grinding or clenching your teeth. The problem is that it’s often nocturnal, which means that children and their parents don’t realize it’s happening until a tooth cracks or fractures. To prevent that from happening, our Bedford dental team will keep an eye out for early warning signs of premature wear at your little one’s routine appointments. If needed, we can have a custom nightguard made to protect their teeth from harm while they sleep.
Cavities can develop for a variety of reasons – from over-indulging in sugar to not consistently flossing. The good news is that we can restore your child’s pain-free smile with a tooth-colored filling, which looks great, functions well, and lasts for several years with proper care. The process of removing the decay and placing the filling is completely painless as well! If you’re interested in learning more about the uses and benefits of tooth-colored restorations, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Bedford dental team.
Emergency Dentistry for Children
If your child is struggling with a toothache, their gums are bleeding, or they’ve completely knocked out a tooth, don’t hesitate to call our Bedford dental team. In addition to scheduling a time for them to come in for an exam and the necessary treatment, we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to handle your child’s dental injury in the meantime.
If you need to schedule an appointment for your child, just contact us. We’re happy to go the extra mile to make sure your child feels comfortable and at ease.