You form good dental habits early in life. It is important for children to visit the dentist often. Having a family dentist where the whole family can visit the same office is both convenient and calming for children. Taking care of your teeth is key at any age. Starting a healthy oral hygiene routine from a young age can help set the tone for healthy teeth throughout a lifetime.
Indianapolis family dentist Dr. Amy Marckese and the staff of DentalSpa are pediatric specialists with training and experience. Like our adult patients, children and teenagers enjoy the spa amenities we offer. Such as being able to watch their favorite television shows while in the dental chair.
The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry
According to research, the most common chronic childhood disease in America is tooth decay. Over 50% of first-graders and 80% of 17-year-olds have cavities. The best way to prevent cavities and tooth decay in children is through regular visits to the dentist and routine dental cleanings.
Dr. Marckese and her team at DentalSpa take the time to educate parents and guardians. We give advice on the importance of pediatric dentistry and teach proper pediatric dental care. We can also address common issues such as thumb sucking, tooth decay, orthodontic treatment, and wisdom teeth removal.
A Patients Story
Dr. Amy and everyone at the DentalSpa are awesome. I have a family of 6 with a bunch of little ones and everyone has different dental health needs. Dr. Amy and her team make my whole family feel comfortable. I would highly recommend her to someone looking for a unique and personal dental experience.
–Steve S. Zionsville, IN
Your Child’s First Visit to Our Dentist
Where a pediatric dentist solely focuses on children, our office focuses on the entire family. We encourage parents to bring their children to the dentist early so they can become familiar with our dental office. We offer a wide range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dental services to patients of all ages.
Most dentists recommend visiting the dentist by the age of 3 to ensure your child’s teeth are free of cavities and growing correctly. Cavities can form at any age, so it’s key to fix them as soon as possible. This can help avoid more complex dental problems down the road.
At their first dental appointment, your child can expect a friendly and gentle introduction to dental care. The dentist will perform a comprehensive oral examination, checking for tooth development, alignment, and signs of decay. It is common practice to count the baby teeth at every visit to keep track of their development.
We may or may not perform a gentle cleaning. This depends on your child and how they are doing. During every visit, we will discuss proper oral hygiene practices. This visit aims to establish a positive rapport, alleviate fears, and educate both you and your child on maintaining good oral health. It’s an opportunity to address any concerns and lay the foundation for future positive dental experiences.
Making Your Child Feel Comfortable at the Dentist
Our staff makes children feel as comfy as possible. We will help them learn about the importance of good oral health. We take the time to explain dental treatments, and educate them on the benefits of keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Our goal is to help your child grasp and appreciate the role that their oral health plays in their overall well-being as they grow.
Children look to parents for signs, so the best thing you can do for your child is to remain calm and relaxed during the visit. Our young patients enjoy their time at DentalSpa and we find that our spa amenities help them feel at home. Our amenities include:
- Massage chairs
- Personal TV in each exam room
- Calm, relaxing aromas as part of our aromatherapy program
Pediatric Dentistry FAQs
Dentistry for children is a vital part of our dental practice. We take pride in providing children with the dental care they need to thrive. Here, we offer you a valuable resource that addresses common questions and concerns related to pediatric dental oral health. If you still have further questions or concerns, fee free to contact us. Our goal is to provide your child with a happy and health smile.
Do you need to fill cavities in baby teeth?
Yes, you should still fix cavities in baby teeth. We will save your child’s teeth over prematurely removing them to prevent speech issues and eating issues. Our dentist can repair cavities in baby teeth with fillings. This will prevent an infection from causing pain, spreading, and prevents the premature removal of the tooth.
What age should a toddler go to the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advises that a child go to the dentist by age 1. Or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth mostly begin growing in around 6 months of age.
How often should you brush your 2 year old’s teeth?
Toddler teeth need cleaning twice a day. Use a small, soft toothbrush designed for children under two years old. Just use water on the toothbrush until your child is 18 months old, unless your dentist advises you otherwise.
What are the most common dental procedures in pediatrics?
The most common procedures in pediatric dentistry include cleanings, fluoride treatment, X-rays, and fillings. Pediatric dentists may also recommend orthodontic treatment if they think that early preventive care may be useful for a specific child.
How is pediatric dentistry different?
Pediatric dentistry is different from general dental care because pediatric dentists specialize in children and teen oral health. They also receive supplemental training to work with children and understand all of their specific oral needs.
Which injured teeth are most frequent in a child’s mouth?
The most common injured teeth in children are upper front teeth. Many children have overbites, which may cause them to be more prone to injure their front teeth.
Is fluoride safe for children?
Yes, fluoride is safe and beneficial for your child’s dental health. It helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening enamel. Most water sources contain fluoride, and topical fluoride treatments provided by dentists contribute to oral health. However, it is possible to get too much fluoride. A condition call fluorosis can occur when a person ingests too much fluoride. However, this is very unusual. Always follow your dentist’s directions, and reach out to them for guidance. They can offer guidance on appropriate fluoride levels based on individual needs during routine check-ups and cleanings.
Schedule a Pediatric Dental Exam with our Dentist in Indianapolis, IN
If you are looking for an Indianapolis dentist that loves kids, choose Dr. Amy Marckese as the dentist for your whole family. Enjoy the convenience that a family dentist offers and feel comfortable knowing that you’ll receive thorough modern family dental care in a state-of-the-art dental practice.
Our dentist in Indianapolis, IN strives to make your family visit to the dentist easy and stress free. Our office accepts most major dental insurance carriers and submits claims electronically on your behalf! Call us at 317-207-7171 or schedule an appointment online today.