Tiny Smiles Need Care Too
Your children’s oral health is vital for their entire well-being. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends kids visit the dentist by their first birthday or as soon as their first baby tooth appears. This first dental visit is important to evaluate how their teeth and soft tissue are developing and teach parents and caregivers how to care for their kids’ smiles.
There are many benefits to seeing a pediatric dentist routinely, including:
- Preventing tooth decay and cavities
- Avoiding costly and invasive dental procedures in the future
- Reducing tooth staining from foods and drinks
- Catching and treating potential problems early
- Leaning positive oral health habits from a young age
The Pediatric Dentistry Experience at Dr. Patty Miami
Your child’s first trip to the dentist should be a memorable occasion!
During the first visit, we usually focus on getting to know you and your little one and talk about their dental and medical history. Then, we gently examine their teeth, gums, and bite to look for early signs of dental problems like tooth decay and cavities. If necessary, we may also perform a dental cleaning or take X-rays to have a closer look at what’s happening beneath the teeth and gums.
Finally, we’ll answer any questions you may have about caring for your child’s teeth and discuss different ways to keep their smiles as healthy and possible.
If your child is anxious about visiting the dentist, we can recommend several sedation options ranging from nitrous oxide (laughing gas), to conscious IV sedation, or as we like to call it, “sleepy juice.”
Sedation dentistry can be beneficial for children who:
- Have a fear of being at the dentist
- Are squirmy or have a hard time sitting still
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Have sensitive teeth or gums
Why Choose Dr. Patty?
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Excellent dental care and outstanding customer service are not the only things that set us apart. At Dr. Patty Miami, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond the mark to offer our clients an upscale, anxiety-free experience at every visit.
Discover the exclusive perks offered at Dr. Patty Miami:
Numbness can be limiting, affecting one’s speech, smile, and ability to drink after a visit. Dr. Patty’s reversal process allows clients to leave the dental boutique and carry on with their day as if nothing happened, so you don’t have to worry about canceling your engagements after your procedure.
The professionals at Dr. Patty Miami are committed to your health and wellness. That’s why we use lasers to offer a safe, anxiety-free dental experience without drills and scalpels. This innovative laser technology has several advantages, including minimal intervention and, in most cases, little-to-no anesthesia.
Multiple options for a more comfortable and nerve-free experience.
Personal Concierge Service
We can arrange everything from RedCap or limo transportation to and from your appointment to making nearby lunch or dinner reservations for after your appointment.
Advanced Digital Surround X-Rays
Minimal exposure, more precise, and digitally stored for your convenience.
State-of-the-art technologies and facilities
Complimentary wine & Nespresso coffee bar, hot towel service, temple massage therapy, paraffin treatments, music & movie selections are just a few of the amenities you’ll find at our ultra-chic, upscale facilities.
Preparing Your Child for Their First Appointment
The best preparation for your child’s visit to our office is to maintain a positive attitude. Children are not born with a fear of going to the dentist but can pick up on adults’ fears — especially if they hear a grownup making negative comments about trips to the dentist.
At Dr. Patty Miami, we advise parents to refrain from using words that may induce unnecessary fear, like “drill,” “pull,” “shot,” or “hurt.” Routine dental visits shouldn’t hurt, so there’s no reason to associate going to the dentist with pain!
Prepare your child for their visit by giving them a general idea of what to expect and explain why it is important to visit the dentist regularly.
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Pediatric Dentistry FAQs
At What Age Should a Child Start Visiting the Dentist?
Every six months. By seeing your child every six months, we can clean their teeth and ensure they are free of plaque and tartar before serious problems evolve.
Children grow very quickly, so regular checkups are important to observe any irregularities in teeth spacing, bite, tooth mobility, and facial structure.
How Often Should a Toddler Go to the Dentist?
Toothaches aren’t something to be ignored, especially in young kids. If your child is experiencing tooth pain, contact our office at Dr. Patty Miami to schedule an appointment with a child’s dentist as soon as possible.
In the meantime, here are some helpful tips to ease your child’s pain:
- Help them floss – food particles may become lodged between the teeth and gums and cause irritation
- Have them rinse with warm water (never hot or cold) and a tablespoon of salt to help relieve tenderness and inflammation
- Place a cold pack against their cheek for temporary relief
- Ask them to point where the pain is and check for chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.
What Should I Do If My Child Has a Toothache?
We recommend cleaning your baby’s gums with a damp, soft washcloth even before their first baby tooth appears. Toddlers with baby teeth should brush twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush for kids.
How Should I Clean My Baby’s Teeth?
Tooth decay or cavities happens in children when bacteria build up and eat away at their baby teeth. The best way of protecting your child’s teeth from getting cavities is to teach them good oral hygiene habits early.
Your child should be brushing his or her teeth at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste. For toddlers, look for children’s toothpaste with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Children over six can start using regular toothpaste once they know how to spit after brushing.
Limit sugary foods and drinks like cookies, candy, juice, and soft drinks. And finally, make sure your child sees his or her dentist at Dr. Patty Miami every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup.
How Can I Protect My Child’s Teeth from Cavities?
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