Pediatric Dental Care

Helping Children With Their Dental Health

When it comes to treating the teeth of children, expertise in pediatric dentistry is needed. Children can be harder to treat than adults due to their natures: going to the dentist can be frightening, and many younger children have a hard time with patience and cooperation during the exam and treatment.

A pediatric dentist knows the challenges in treating small patients, and at Minnehaha Family Dentistry we have the knowledge and experience needed to treat children and help them with their lifelong oral health.

Pediatric Dental Care at Minnehaha Family Dentistry

One of our specialties is pediatric dentistry. A child’s teeth, gums and mouth are incredibly important during all stages of growth and development. Our pediatric dental services include:

Dental cleanings

Cleanings help remove plaque from teeth in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. A cleaning also includes a polish, which helps with the look and feel of the teeth while also protecting them from future plaque accumulation.

Fluoride treatments

Fluoride treatment involves topical application of fluoride directly to the teeth. Fluoride is used to prevent tooth decay.

Extractions

Tooth extractions involve the removal of decayed teeth. We take great care in making this a smooth and safe procedure for all our patients, young and young-at-heart.

Oral health instruction

It’s important to teach children techniques for proper oral health. We like to show children brushing techniques, how to floss, and we discuss the importance of a balanced diet: eating foods rich in calcium, phosphorous, and proper levels of fluoride, and avoiding an abundance of sugar and starches to help reduce plaque and acid on the teeth.

Fostering Good Oral Health For Life

A healthy mouth is vital to the body. It’s incredibly important for parents to help children with their oral health from a young age. At Minnehaha Family Dentistry we are committed to helping parents foster good oral health from an early age.

For new parents, before a baby has started teething, run a damp washcloth over the gums to clear away bacteria.

Once teeth appear, use infant toothpaste and brush your child’s teeth. If you use fluoride-free toothpaste, fluoride drops are available from a pharmacy.

Around age 2 is when children learn how to spit – work with your child to spit out toothpaste without the aid of water. Children age 3 and up can brush with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, spitting out the waste after brushing.

Flossing can begin as soon as the child’s teeth touch. Flossing is vital to a healthy mouth, so helping children floss from an early age will help create a positive habit for years to come.

Minnehaha Family Dentistry cares about your child’s dental health

As a family dental practice, we care about the oral health of all your family members. If you’re searching for a place where you’ll feel welcomed and at home, contact Minnehaha Family Dentistry today for more information about our pediatric and other dental services.