Creating Happy Smiles
Here at our family dental practice of Lovett Dental Baytown, our pediatric dentistry is geared towards making your child feel good about themselves. We want to help your little one develop good dental health habits early on. Perhaps the best way to do this is to start children early, so they become familiar with dental practices and get to know our doctors and staff. Our pediatric dentistry specialists and our friendly team love each little smile that comes through our door. It’s our goal to create a fun, educational, and comforting experience that positively affects the way your child feels about visiting the dentist.
It is always our goal to create healthy, happy smiles for each and every patient we see. We believe that a healthy mouth leads to a healthy body and a healthy life! Our pediatric dentists are specialists in treating the unique needs of children. Our pediatric dental specialists have completed several years of specialty training beyond dental school. They limit their practice to treating the oral health needs of infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.
Children have special dental needs from birth through their late teen years. These special needs require the expert care of a dentist specializing in children’s oral health and development. Lovett Dental Baytown provides this specialized treatment, ensuring your child’s best chance for an attractive, confident smile.
Finding the Pediatric Dentistry Right for Your Family
Good dental hygiene is the foundation of dental health. In a perfect world, we would all learn proper dental hygiene at a young age. Nevertheless, many children learn improper brushing and flossing techniques. At Lovett Dental Baytown, our pediatric dentist can help children practice good dental habits early on. Your children will love our pediatric dental team, and so will their teeth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends parents begin taking their child to a designated dentist by age one. Children who see the same pediatric dentist regularly are more likely to receive the routine and preventative oral care they need from the start. It makes small children feel at ease when they are exposed to dental offices at an early age. Doing so reduces anxiety and fear while simultaneously allowing dentists to address any issues early on, like cavities or alignment issues.
Why Pediatric Dentistry?
Several reasons highlight the importance of choosing a specially trained dentist to care for your child’s teeth. Our pediatric dentists received the required two to three years of additional training to be qualified to treat children of all ages. A knowledgeable pediatric dentist understands the unique needs children have when they are infants, toddlers, pre-adolescents, and teens. Pediatric dentists provide routine maintenance care as kids grow. They are also charged with guiding the child’s dental development and work to prevent problems from developing in the future.
It also creates an ongoing medical history so that your child knows their oral health history no matter where your family lives. Teaching children to be engaged in their healthcare from an early age greatly increases their overall well-being into adulthood.
Caring for Primary Teeth
Although primary teeth are eventually replaced, it is important that children, parents, and the child’s dentist properly care for their first set of teeth. Primary teeth serve several important functions, including:
- Properly chewing food
- Making space for adult teeth
- Properly aligning adult teeth
- Aiding proper speech
- Affecting the child’s appearance
Obtaining Regular X-Rays for Kids
Children obtain critical x-rays while visiting a family dentist. Our team at Lovett Dental Baytown will use x-rays to detect and treat conditions that may not otherwise be detected during a clinical visit. X-rays often go hand-in-hand with regular teeth cleanings. Conditions dentists can view by using x-ray include:
- Erupting teeth
- Bone disease
- Progress of orthodontic treatment
Children should be examined and receive dental x-rays once a year. For children who are at high risk of tooth decay, x-rays should be performed every six months. Parents should obtain a complete set of x-rays, including bitewings and panoramic or bitewings and peripherals, every three years.
Will Your Child Need Braces?
Early and consistent dental treatment and monitoring may reduce the need for specialty dental services such as dental braces later in life. Malocclusions, also known as bad bites, can be identified and treated as early as age two or three. Orthodontic interference initiated between ages two and six has a very high success rate and may eliminate the need for further major treatment in the future. Ages six to twelve are ideal for treatment as the child’s hard and soft tissues are typically very responsive. The treatment administered after age 12 relates to permanent teeth and the development of the final bite relationship.
Discover How Lovett Dental Baytown Can Serve Your Family
Your child deserves to have the best pediatric dentist. Our specially trained family dentists will become a fixture in your family’s life as your child grows and develops. If you are new in town and seeking an office that provides leading pediatric dentistry or looking to make a change, we welcome you to tour offices. We not only provide pediatric care but general dentistry care for the whole family, including:
- Dental Crowns and Bridges
- Dental Exams
- Dental Fillings and Sealants
- Emergency Dental Services
- Fluoride Treatments
- Preventative Dentistry
- Restorative Dentistry
- Root Canal Treatment
- Teeth Cleaning