Children’s Dentistry – Oklahoma City, OK
Special Care for Growing Smiles
For children’s dentistry, 73170 parents and others from the surrounding area come to the dentists and staff at Dental Expressions because we love children, and welcome them with open arms. Kids are precious, and their smiles are priceless. As your trusted family dental care providers, the doctors and team will help your little one build a healthy foundation for a lifetime of smiles.
Here’s an important tip: that foundation actually begins with you. Yes, you are your child’s first dentist and the example you set is one that will stay with them throughout their lives. We encourage parents to demonstrate healthy oral hygiene care by allowing children to “help you” brush your teeth. And of course, teaching them to care for their own teeth is vitally important.
Young children need to be supervised when the brush and floss their teeth, because as they learn they may not be able to adequately clean all of their teeth—especially those in the back of their mouths. Around the age of seven or eight, most children are capable of brushing on their own and they usually are ready for the responsibility. Nevertheless, a reminder every now and then of how long they should brush—at least two minutes—and to floss every night to remove plaque and food particles from between teeth may be necessary.
Children's Dentistry Treatments
Bring your child in around age two for a “happy visit” – or sooner if you have cause for concern. This initial appointment gives us the opportunity to meet your child and introduce the tools, friends, and atmosphere at the dentist’s office. Your little one will take a ride in the dental chair, meet Mr. Thirsty, and find out that dental visits are fun!
By age three to five, your child should schedule six-month checkups and cleanings. We’ll look for signs of developmental problems and dental disease, and provide prompt, conservative treatment when needed. Your child will be shown how to properly care for their teeth and gums at home, by demonstrating simple brushing and flossing techniques. All questions are welcome – even the cute ones from the kids!
The children’s dentist Oklahoma City parents rely on may recommend dental sealants, clear plastic coatings to protect molars from sugars and starches that cause cavities. A fluoride treatment will also ward off tooth decay. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that, in small dosages, attracts other minerals to strengthen teeth. In addition, fluoride help to remineralize spots of enamel where tooth decay is beginning to develop. If your little one plays sports, the dentist can create a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect teeth and gums from injury.
Bring your children in to meet us. We can’t wait to see them smile!
Reserve Your Appointment Today
Located in Oklahoma City, Dental Expressions provides comprehensive family dental care for patients from OKC, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, and surrounding communities. Call us today at 405-735-6600 to schedule your checkup, consultation, or second-opinion visit. Dr. Colin Holman and our team look forward to getting to know you and your smile.
Children’s Dentistry FAQs
Being a parent doesn’t come with a guidebook, so it’s natural to have questions about how to best care for your little one’s smile! For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common queries we get about children’s dental care below. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, feel free to contact us here at Dental Expressions and we’ll be happy to provide the information you need to keep your family’s smiles happy and healthy!
How Can I Prepare My Child for Their First Visit?
Your actions as a parent play a huge role in how your son or daughter forms their opinion about dental care, even before they meet their Oklahoma City children’s dentist. Thankfully, there are plenty of easy ways to prepare your child for a successful first dental appointment, like:
- Keeping a positive, excited tone when talking to them about their appointment.
- Watch videos or read books about going to the dentist.
- Play pretend dentist and count their teeth with a toothbrush while they sit in a chair.
- Try to schedule their appointment during a time when they’re typically in a good mood to avoid tantrums, like after a nap or meal.
Can Thumb Sucking be Harmful for my Child’s Oral Development?
Thumb sucking is a natural reflex for children that can help them feel safer and more comfortable. However, continuing this habit as their permanent teeth begin to come in (usually around the age of six) can cause crooked teeth, bite problems, and jaw development issues. While children typically stop sucking their thumbs by age four, we’ll be happy to provide tips for additional help should you need it.
What Should I Do If My Child Knocks Out a Baby Tooth Unexpectedly?
Even though baby teeth aren’t a permanent fixture in your little one’s smile, you should call us right away if one gets knocked out unexpectedly. If it was close to coming out on its own, we may not have to do anything. If it was knocked out very early however, we may need to place a space saver to keep the surrounding teeth from shifting into the gap and trapping the permanent tooth underneath.
Why Do Children Get So Many Cavities & How Can I Protect My Little One’s Smile?
The enamel on baby teeth is much thinner than that of permanent teeth. Combine that with children’s sugary treats and beginning dental habits, and you may notice that your little one gets more cavities than you would expect. Thankfully, at Dental Expressions, we offer specialized services like sealants and fluoride treatments that are designed to safely protect growing smiles from tooth decay.
Do Cavities in Baby Teeth Really Need to Be Treated?
It may seem trivial at first to treat a cavity in a tooth that will eventually fall out naturally. However, leaving tooth decay untreated will expose the tooth’s sensitive inner layers to damage and bacteria. Not only is this incredibly uncomfortable for your child, but it can lead to a serious dental infection. We’ll always aim to help your little one prevent cavities from forming, but we’re also prepared to repair your son or daughter’s smile with a safe, metal-free tooth-colored filling.