Dentistry is important at every age and every stage of life. We do see children as well as adults in our Columbia, SC dental office. Dr. Tom Trinkner, Dr. Nick Keefer, and our staff are very familiar with the needs of children and work to make them feel as comfortable as possible. Preventive dental care and conservative treatments are the primary focus of our children’s dentistry program.
Our family dental care team may use dental sealants to prevent dental cavities in children. Dental sealants are made of bio-compatible materials, forming a protective barrier over teeth. They can be placed in a single visit and offer long-lasting protection.
Pediatric Dentist vs. Family Dentist
A pediatric dentist is a specialist who mostly works with young children. Patients often bring their older children or adolescents who have outgrown the pediatric dentist to our office to continue their dental care. Families in our Columbia, SC dental office, appreciate the convenience of having everyone treated by the same dentist.
A typical child’s visit to our office may include:
- Teeth cleaning
- Fluoride treatment
- Diagnostic x-rays
- Dental caries (cavities) screening
- Periodontal screening
- Examination of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position
Pediatric Dentistry FAQs
When should my child first visit the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a pediatric dentist as soon as the first tooth emerges and no later than a child’s first birthday. Tooth decay can happen as soon as the first tooth erupts. Consult with your pediatrician about fluoride supplements.
Should I brush my baby’s teeth?
Yes, gently cleaning a baby’s erupting primary teeth with a very soft toothbrush not only introduces the concept of keeping the teeth clean early on but can help to avoid decay. Once the first tooth is completely visible, use a minimal amount of toothpaste. Our team can demonstrate proper tooth brushing techniques when you come in for a visit.
Why are baby teeth important? Don’t they just fall out?
A child’s primary teeth (baby teeth) are essential to the future of his or her dental health. Healthy teeth are important for chewing and will encourage a healthy diet. Teeth are also vital for speech development. The primary teeth also help to keep a space for the permanent teeth that will eventually emerge. If baby teeth are lost early either because of an accident or decay, the dentist may use a space retainer to ensure that the permanent tooth has the space it needs when the time comes.