Learn about Pediatric Dentistry
Everyone needs routine dental care to keep a healthy smile, but children in particular need special attention because their smile is constantly growing and changing, sometimes rapidly. This means having a dedicated dentist and team is essential to not only monitor your child’s oral health but help them along the way. We look forward to creating a fun and welcoming environment for patients of all ages, including your youngest family members, so give Dr. Jong Lee a call today to schedule their appointment for children's dentistry in Waco, TX!
What Is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry covers a range of children’s treatments and services. Baby teeth are very important in a child’s early physical, social, and psychological development; they help your baby chew, speak and smile! And though they eventually fall out, baby teeth are very important place-holders for a child’s developing and permanent adult teeth. It is also important to establish a dental home for children early on so that they do not foster dental anxiety and, most importantly, so that they learn to develop good oral habits for decades to come.
From infancy through adolescence, your child has specific care needs at every stage of their development. Be sure to take your child to a dentist you can trust to help them achieve optimal oral health.
At our family-friendly office, we offer a variety of children’s dentistry services, including:
Children’s Dental Checkups & Cleanings
During your child’s first visit, we spend more time discussing best practices at home and treatments to consider in the future, especially when not many of their teeth have erupted yet. As they get acclimated with our dental office, we will be able to perform more detailed exams of their mouth and complete cleanings to remove plaque and tartar. Keep in mind that teeth can begin developing decay as soon as they erupt, so we will make sure that their smiles are healthy and free of any problems while they are here.
While children are practicing their at-home oral care, it helps to have some additional protection during their early years of development. With dental sealants, we can easily and affordably provide this service. Dental sealants make use of composite resin to seal vulnerable teeth away from food debris and plaque (particularly the molars and premolars.) Once applied to the teeth and cured, they should last for several years, giving you and your child more confidence during at-home brushing and flossing.
Fluoride is found in foods, your neighborhood’s public drinking water, and in most cases the oral care products you use. Routine fluoride application is essential for keeping teeth strong and healthy, which is why we provide treatments with it following your cleaning. In most cases, we will apply fluoride once every six months, which is typically often enough to keep decay and cavities at bay, especially for children who are still learning their brushing and flossing.
Teeth are extremely vulnerable to damage when they are not properly protected while playing contact sports. This means, if you have a family member who loves to play football, basketball, hockey, or a similar sport where the chance for impact is high, we recommend a custom-made athletic mouthguard. Unlike store-bought solutions, our mouthguards are made to fit as comfortably and effectively as possible. This ensures that your child will actually want to use it every time they practice and play!