Leaf - All • About • Smiles
Las Colinas Children's Dentist
Are you looking for a Las Colinas pediatric dentist? Leaf – All About Smiles is a general family practice that offers oral health services to all ages. Instead of bringing your children to a separate dentist across town, your entire family can be seen by the same dental team.
When Should My Child See the Dentist?
A great first experience is key to minimizing dental anxiety in children. Since most pediatric dental concerns are preventable, routine checkups can help your child avoid complex decay and orthodontic needs from ever occurring.
Most pediatricians and pediatric dentists recommend bringing your child in for their first dental exam by the time they turn one years old or when their first tooth appears, whichever happens first. These early visits are integral in forming relationships, establishing good oral hygiene habits, educating parents, and ensuring that your child’s experience with the dentist is a positive one.
Dental Checkups for Kids
Preventative cleanings and exams help you intercept small dental concerns before they evolve into painful emergencies (which can also contribute to dental phobia.) During your child’s checkup we’ll work at their pace to provide gentle cleanings and age-appropriate guidance on brushing and flossing.
Our Las Colinas family dentists will also screen for orthodontic concerns, speech-related issues, dietary risk factors, tooth decay, impacted teeth, and more.
We highly recommend fluoride treatments following every pediatric dental cleaning. Since children are at a higher risk of tooth decay, fluoride aids in strengthening their enamel between dental visits.
Protective Dental Sealants
As soon as your child’s 6 and 12-year molars erupt, we often suggest placing a protective dental sealant on the chewing surface. Sealants are preventative, semi-permanent protective coatings that safeguard cavity-prone areas.
Will My Child Need X-rays?
Digital dental X-rays are taken at intermittent stages of your child’s oral development. These images are crucial in screening for tooth decay, oral development issues, orthodontic evaluations, and wisdom tooth assessment.
Children’s Dental Treatment
Primary (baby) teeth are not as dense as permanent (adult) teeth. When decay takes hold, it can easily spread deep into the nerve, adjacent teeth, and underlying adult tooth. That’s why early diagnosis and treatment is crucial. We provide restorative treatments like white fillings for children to stop cavities from spreading.
It’s standard of care to preserve baby teeth as long as possible. Losing (or extracting) one too early could lead to permanent changes in their orofacial development as well as complex orthodontic needs.
Ensuring Your Child’s Comfort
When our pediatric patients require treatment or they have trouble sitting still for something like sealants, we recommend light and safe nitrous oxide dental sedation (laughing gas.) This analgesic is quick and effective for children of all ages.
Schedule Your Family’s Next Checkup
Leaf – All About Smiles offers comprehensive family and children’s dentistry in Las Colinas. If you’re looking for a friendly family dentist to take the entire household to, you’ve come to the right place! Call us today to schedule.
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