At CarolinasDentist, we’d love to look after the dental needs of your whole family — and yes, that includes the little ones! It’s so important to make sure your child has positive dental experiences so they can grow up with a healthy smile and zero fear of the dentist. Our team knows how to make appointments fun and easy for our younger patients, and they always make sure to work with a gentle touch.
Our Pediatric Dental Treatments
We offer a range of different services meant to maintain great oral health and prevent serious issues from developing. As your child grows, we’ll continue to tailor their treatment to their specific needs so they can have their very best smile year in and year out.
- Oral Health Exams
- Dental Cleanings
- Fluoride Treatments
- Orthodontic Evaluation
- Emergency Care
Kids’ Dentistry FAQ
When should my child first see the dentist?
An easy way to remember is thinking of the rule of one. According to the American Dental Association, you should take your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in or by the time they turn 1 year old. Bringing your kid in at an early age ensures they have a foundation of healthy habits to build on as they get older.
How often should my kid see the dentist?
The same as you! After their first visit, your child should see the dentist once every six months. Sometimes, certain dental conditions will require more frequent visits, but your child’s dentist will be sure to let you know if that’s the case.
What if my child is afraid of the dentist?
That’s totally normal! The dentist can seem like a scary place to kids, and plenty of adults have their own fears about dental care. We are happy to offer you some tips and strategies for helping your child feel more comfortable. For example, you can bring them by for a casual meet-and-greet ahead of time. All of our offices have special amenities just for kids (plus other touches like warm blankets) so they can feel a bit more comfortable during their time with us.
Why are baby teeth important?
Just because baby teeth eventually fall out doesn’t mean they’re unimportant. Quite the opposite actually! Baby teeth are placeholders for where permanent teeth come in, so if they fall out prematurely it can end up negatively affecting their bite (tooth alignment), and possibly even their speech development. Baby teeth are also still capable of developing cavities, so it’s crucial to keep problems at bay so other problems like gum disease don’t occur.
How should I clean my child’s teeth?
It depends on how old they are! You can start brushing your child’s teeth twice a day as soon as they get their first tooth. Use a small, very soft toothbrush (even better if it’s one specifically designed for their age) with a rice-grain-sized amount of toothpaste. Make sure to replace the brush with a new one once the bristles because rough and frayed! If you’d like more information on how to get your child to brush independently, we are happy to give you some tips—just contact our team.Contact Us