Pediatric Dentistry in Boynton Beach, FL
The Importance of Your Child’s Oral Health
At Franklin A. Landers DDS, we offer pediatric dentistry services to ensure that your child gets the dental care they need to achieve pristine oral health and beautiful smiles. Our Boynton Beach team provides friendly, gentle, and effective care to ensure your child’s visits to the dentist are comfortable and convey a positive experience.
It’s important to start bringing your child to the dentist at a young age so their mouth develops properly and they learn the foundational habits that foster great oral health care at home. It’s recommended that your child first visits the dentist once their first tooth erupts or no later than their first birthday. This is simply to get your child used to the dentist as well as allow Dr. Landers to perform a short exam.
Discover the pediatric services we offer to ensure your child gets the best dental care possible below.
What Is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is the practice of maintaining and protecting your child’s oral health. We achieve this by providing professional teeth and gum cleanings, as well as x-rays to monitor their teeth and other oral structures.
Our pediatric care helps prevent the following oral health issues:
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Placement issues
- Impacted teeth
- Misaligned jaw
Your Child’s First Dental Appointment
Your child’s first dental appointment is typically very simple, as it’s a preliminary appointment. You can expect the following to occur at your child’s first visit:
- Examine their mouth, teeth, and gums
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking
- Check to see if they need fluoride
- Teach them and you about cleaning their teeth and gums
- Suggest a schedule for regular dental checkups
After their first appointment, you can expect them to experience regular dental appointments that consist of professional teeth cleanings, checkups, and any other services needed such as dental x-rays.
Our Pediatric Services
Cleanings & Exams
Along with maintaining a good at-home oral hygiene routine, you should also bring your child to our Boynton Beach practice at least once every six months for regular exams and cleanings. Biannual examinations are essential in the early detection of dental issues so we can treat them in their early stages.
Professional teeth cleanings eliminate plaque buildup that has hardened on teeth that would otherwise promote the development of decay and cavities. Ensuring that your child gets routine cleanings will help them maintain a beautiful smile and optimal oral health.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are placed over the chewing surface of molars. This safe treatment is especially effective for children to help seal out bacteria, protecting their teeth from cavities and other damage. Sealants can last for as long as five years but need to be regularly checked for normal wear and tear.
Dr. Landers can place dental sealants easily and the application process only takes a couple of minutes per tooth. Make sure to maintain at-home oral care, a proper diet, and regular dental visits to keep your sealants in pristine condition and get the most out of this treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a few tips and tricks that are beneficial in helping your child avoid developing cavities. Our Boynton Beach team’s tips for cavity prevention include:
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks
- Encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing
- Watch what your child drinks
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods
- Make treats a part of meals
- Choose nutritious and tooth-healthy foods
It’s important to choose a dentist who can treat kids’ oral health and make your child feel comfortable while in the dental chair. You can visit Dr. Landers’ office with your child to help familiarize them with our office and the environment prior to their appointment. We also recommend finding some kid-friendly books about dentistry, playing dentist at home, and showing a positive attitude about visiting the dentist.
Dr. Landers Can Care for Your Child’s Smile
Dr. Landers and our Boynton Beach team want your child to receive the best dental care possible. Our pediatric dentistry services are offered to help aid your child in achieving a beautiful smile and great oral health. Learn more by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Landers by calling our Boynton Beach office at (561) 736-2122. You can also get in touch by filling out our online contact form and one of our team members will get back to you shortly.