Children’s Dentistry – The Woodlands, TX
Gentle Dental Care for Growing Smiles
Your child has to learn a lot of life skills, and one of the most important is how to properly care for their oral health. Too many times, we’ve seen adults with a fear of the dentist from a bad experience during childhood. Our caring team at Solomon Dental Group actively works to end this problem at the source and give everyone a positive dental experience, starting with children's dentistry in The Woodlands, TX. We love helping young patients learn that going to the dentist doesn’t have to be something to feel anxious about. Plus, we take time to instruct patients on proper technique, making at-home oral habits more effective.
Why Choose Solomon Dental Group for Children’s Dentistry?
- Several Sedation Methods Available
- Dental Emergencies Welcome
- Caring Dental Team with Years of Experience
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings for Kids
If you are bringing your young child into our dental office for the first time, we will spend most of the appointment helping them feel comfortable with us. We will also perform a gentle exam to make sure that your child is developing normally and doesn’t have cavities. Finally, we will answer any questions you may have about their oral care. As they continue to grow, we will add in cleanings and take time to teach them how to brush and floss on their own.
Toward the back of the mouth, the molars and premolars can be more challenging for children to adequately keep clean. The deep grooves used for grinding often allow food debris and bacteria to accumulate there, leading to cavities. The good news is that our team can provide extra protection for these vulnerable surfaces with dental sealants. This clear plastic layer is applied to keep bacteria from settling on and damaging the enamel for up to 10 years.
Although fluoride treatments after a dental cleaning can benefit patients of any age, they are particularly useful for children. Whether your little one is still learning how to be thorough in their brushing routine, or your child can’t be convinced to care enough about their oral health, fluoride treatments can reinforce their tooth enamel and prevent cavities, preserving more of your child’s natural smile. We simply apply the fluoride to your child’s teeth and allow it dry and settle on their teeth for a couple of minutes. It’s that easy!
Did you know that about 78 percent of children will have at least one cavity by the time they turn 17 years old? Our team at Solomon Dental Group is ready to help your child overcome minor decay with composite resin, a biocompatible material that can be colored and shaped to resemble natural tooth structure. Without the metal ingredients found in amalgam fillings, your child can smile with confidence, knowing that their restored teeth look healthy and cavity free.
No matter their skill level or age, if your child participates in sports, they need to wear a protective mouthguard. You never know when they may face an impact to the mouth, even in a non-contact sport, and a mouthguard ensures that their teeth don’t become damaged as a result. Unlike the ones found at stores, our mouthguards are customized to fit your child comfortably. So if your child plays soccer, basketball, football, lacrosse, or any other sport, ask us about getting a mouthguard!
Children’s Dentistry FAQs
We understand that as a parent, you want the best for your child’s oral health. We can assure you that any question you provide us is always welcome. The more we can educate you and your children on the importance of oral care, the better off both of you will be moving forward. Below, we’ve included some of the most common questions we hear and encourage you to give our detailed responses a closer look prior to your visit.
When should my child’s first appointment occur?
If your child has not yet had their first dental appointment, we recommend that you bring them in within six months of their first baby tooth erupting or once they reach one year of age. Whichever comes first is ideal. This is also recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Keep in mind that the moment teeth erupt, they can begin to develop cavities. Even if your child only has a single tooth, it always helps to stay proactive against decay.
What if my child is too scared to see the dentist?
Our dentists and team members love working with children and always make sure to remain calm and patient with them during every step of their appointment. The more relaxed you and our team are, the easier it will be to help your child get comfortable. Of course, children who have had a negative dental experience in the past or simply can’t sit still may benefit from sedation dentistry from our office. Fast-acting nitrous oxide is completely safe and very effective at helping patients relax during their routine visit.
How do I help my child prepare for their appointment?
To help your child prepare for their appointment, make sure to always maintain a positive attitude. Don’t use the dentist as a way to punish or intimidate them for being bad as this can make necessary routine care almost impossible to get done easily. Furthermore, if you’re feeling apprehensive about their visit, they will notice. To ease them into it, show them pictures of our office from our website and the team members they will be meeting. Tell them how important routine care is for their long-term oral health.
Do baby teeth really matter?
Absolutely! Baby teeth can not only get decay (and cause unnecessary discomfort throughout their development), but they also play a role in preventing adult teeth from erupting too soon. That’s why if a baby tooth comes out prematurely (either due to decay or from physical injury), it needs to be treated like a dental emergency. We’re happy to help manage dental emergencies if they appear, including for children, but this can be avoided with at-home care and routine exams and cleanings.
When should my child have an X-ray performed?
X-rays should be performed around the age of two or three. During their first X-ray, we focus on their front upper and lower teeth, helping them get comfortable with the process. Once their back baby teeth touch each other, yearly X-rays should be performed. The more regularly they receive X-rays, the sooner we can catch developmental issues should they appear.
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