#1 Pediatric Dentistry in Durham, NC

Your Pediatric Dentist in Durham, NC

Our team at DINO Kids Dental believes that helping kids learn to love coming to the dentist is key to their long-term oral health and successful pediatric dentistry. Not only do we provide our young patients with exceptional dental services for kids, but our team makes a point of making sure that your child’s first visit to the dentist is a fun and enjoyable experience that will help your child learn to love taking care of their teeth!

Many adult patients who avoid coming to the dentist or who otherwise have dental phobias may have had negative dental experiences in the past. These early negative experiences can impact one’s oral health for years to come, which is why our team is passionate about making dentistry both fun and educational.

Early Steps to Take

Children should generally see the dentist for the first time by their first birthday. As your child’s first baby teeth erupt, it’s vital that your dentist examine these teeth to ensure proper oral development, as well as to spot any potential oral health concerns early on.

Your Child’s First Teeth

Primary teeth, or “baby teeth,” appear when a child is six to twelve months old, and your child may experience gum soreness when these first teeth appear – this is the reason for teething, and can be addressed by gently massaging your child’s gums with your finger. These teeth are then lost, and permanent, “adult” teeth grow in their place.

Developing Strong Oral Health

It’s vital that children develop strong oral health habits from a young age to ensure a healthy smile for the rest of their lives. What makes our team at DINO Kids Dental the best option for pediatric dentistry in Durham, NC, is the passion for teaching kids how to build strong oral health habits, helping them best care for teeth and home as well as into early adulthood.

When your child’s first teeth begin to erupt, look at these teeth every week to two weeks for plaque buildup and decay, the hallmark of which is brown discoloration on the teeth and gums. It’s important that children begin brushing regularly early in life to establish strong oral health from an early age. Children at least two years of age should brush with fluoridated toothpaste, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and floss daily.

Our team makes a point of teaching children effective brushing techniques to best help them protect their smiles at home. We also discuss flossing techniques with children in order to help children establish this vital aspect of oral health early in life.

The Importance of Routine Hygiene Visits

Children should visit the dentist for the first time by their first birthday and attend routine hygiene visits every six months thereafter. Especially with children, hygiene visits give our team the opportunity to spot signs of potential oral health complications before they develop into more serious complications while also teaching children about proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Your child may also benefit from preventative treatments such as fluoride treatments, dental sealants, crowns, and other preventative care. Our team at DINO Kids Dental can help parents get into the world of pediatric dentistry and decide which preventative treatments may be the most beneficial for their child.

Speak with our skilled team of pediatric dentists in Durham, North Carolina, today to learn more about preventative pediatric dentistry and to book your child’s next hygiene appointment with our team!

Kids' Orthodontics

Some children may require orthodontic care earlier in life due to spacing and alignment concerns or other complications pertaining to the jaw. It’s recommended that children undergo an orthodontic evaluation around when they first see the dentist so that any early orthodontic care that a child may require can be provided while your child’s teeth are developing rapidly. At Dino Kids Dental, our team will evaluate your child’s teeth and refer you to an orthodontic specialist.

Common Kids’ Orthodontics Questions

As recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists, kids should have their first orthodontic appointment before the age of seven. Around this age, your child will begin developing their adult teeth, making this a perfect window for an orthodontic evaluation so that any potential orthodontic complications are caught early on. 

There are a few main sets of circumstances that may require your child to undergo orthodontic treatment at an early age. These include the presence of an underbite, in which the lower row of teeth extend past the upper row of teeth. An overbite, which is the inverse of an underbite,  may also make orthodontic care necessary, as would a crossbite, where the jaw does not sit in the center of the face, or moderate to severe spacing of the teeth. Different early behaviors such as excessive thumb sucking can also result in orthodontic care becoming necessary. Our team at DINO Kids Dental has years of experience identifying orthodontic complications early on, helping children receive the orthodontic care they need before these early issues develop into long-term orthodontic concerns. 

Different children may require different orthodontic treatments depending on their own individual case. Orthodontic care at DINO Kids Dental always begins with our team identifying potential orthodontic complications during exams and hygiene appointments. Our team will then refer your child to an orthodontist that can formulate a treatment plan based around your child’s own unique orthodontic needs. The treatments proposed may involve clear aligners or other orthodontic solutions that help to address spacing and alignment issues, or other orthodontic concerns. 

Speak with our knowledgeable and friendly team at DINO Kids Dental today to learn more about early age orthodontics, or book a consultation with our office.

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