A family dentist office in Hilliard, Park Dental is proud to offer pediatric dental services for the unique needs of developing and growing smiles.
“We want to start your children off with positive dental visits”
Our dental team understands the importance of good oral health starting from a young age. Parent education is just as important as teaching children the proper techniques.
We also understand that parents are trusting us to help with their child’s oral care. Being parents ourselves and offering simple comforts allows you to know we have their best interest at heart.
Dr. Patel recommends that parents and caregivers bring a young child to the dentist after the first primary teeth begin to erupt, or by their first birthday. Early dental visits offer benefits for the long term maintenance of a healthy smile:
- familiarizes your child with the dental office setting
- enables Dr. Patel to monitor the development of your child’s oral structure
- lays the foundation for the development of good oral habits
Are baby teeth important?
Primary teeth, or “baby teeth” play several important roles in your child’s overall physical development and long term health. Keeping primary teeth healthy and stable is part of our preventive dental care program for children so that our young patients can enjoy their best smile as they grow.
- Placeholders for permanent teeth: the primary teeth will hold a spot in your child’s bite and gums for the developing permanent tooth behind it. When a baby tooth is lost due to trauma it can impact the eventual placement of the permanent tooth.
- Speech development: primary teeth help your child develop normal speech patterns.
Children’s Dental Care in Hilliard
Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crows are similar to crowns for adult teeth. When a baby tooth has too much decay (cavity) a stainless steel crown is cemented on top of the baby tooth once that decay has been removed. This maintains the space until the permanent tooth is ready to come in.
We believe that fluoride works well to strengthen children’s teeth. It also has been shown to help prevent decay in people of all ages. For this reason, the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association believe that topical fluoride is necessary for good oral health.
You may be wondering if you need fluoride treatments. Many times, water is enhanced with fluoride usually in 1 ppm (1 part per million). If your water is not treated, you may need fluoride treatments.
Fluoride treatments can be completed at your routine dental appointment. They are painless and quick, taking only a few minutes. Typically after a cleaning our dental professional will apply varnish on your teeth. The treatment works best if it is done one to four times a year.
When we apply a dental sealant, we paint a plastic coating on top of your teeth. This makes your teeth smooth getting rid of the deep grooves which are prone to trapping food and bacteria. It is essentially a protective coating against tooth decay and cavities.
The most common place for sealants is on the chewing surfaces of back teeth (premolars and molars). Children with dental insurance typically will have coverage for sealants but we encourage any patient that has a high cavity risk to consider having them placed as a protective measure.
Space maintainers are placed when a baby tooth comes out before the permanent tooth is ready to come in. The band portion is cemented to a back tooth and the loop is in the place of where the baby tooth once was. Once the permanent tooth is ready to come in the space maintainer will loosen on its own or will need to be removed by our office.
Schedule An Appointment
Park Dental welcomes new patients of all ages to our Hilliard dental office. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s oral health or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel, contact us today at (614) 254-5116.