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Pediatric Dental Care

Ensuring optimal oral health for your children is critical. Baby, or primary, teeth are important to keep healthy for many reasons including space maintenance for future adult teeth, speech development, proper chewing function, and self-confidence among other reasons. Preventative care and instruction is a main goal of pediatric dental care at Austin & Tatum Dental.

 

We celebrate our young patients! They receive a balloon, a bouncy ball, and a fun goodie bag at each cleaning and exam visit.

Red Head Baby

Babies

Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, but they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt into position. Tooth decay in baby teeth can cause pain, sensitivity, and infection that can be uncomfortable for your child. Limiting sugars in the diet, thorough tooth brushing twice per day with minimal fluoride toothpaste, and flossing between every pair of neighboring teeth that touch each other are great ways to prevent cavities.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends children visit the dentist after their first tooth has erupted or by their first birthday. Even if they haven’t had any teeth erupt by their first birthday, it’s a good idea to take them to the dentist. At Austin & Tatum Dental we most often evaluate children three years and older, however, if you would like your baby to be evaluated please give us a call and we can help guide you

Children's Race

Children

We place a major emphasis on preventative treatments including routine cleanings and x-rays, fluoride treatments, permanent professionally bonded sealants, and space maintainers to ensure your child enjoys a healthy smile. During routine exams and cleanings, we will check for cavities, gum disease, or any problems. We will discuss our findings with you as their guardian and will formulate a treatment plan.

During your child’s cleaning visit our hygiene team will provide family education through modeling proper home hygiene practices including brushing and flossing. We will discuss healthy nutrition along with cavity and trauma prevention.

Most children will have their adult teeth by the time they reach 13 years of age. We will track and evaluate tooth growth and development and will intervene whenever necessary to ensure your child's smile remains healthy.

Happy Teens

Pre-Teens, Teens, Adolescents

Teens often require braces since most issues requiring orthodontic treatment become apparent during the pre-teen years. We will identify any problems with crowding or impaction and will evaluate your teen's bite as the jaw continues to develop. If orthodontics are needed we will refer your family to one of our highly trusted local orthodontists for care. We continue to monitor your child's oral health during orthodontic treatment to ensure that proper health is maintained.

The highest rate of developing cavities takes place during adolescence. Routine evaluation is critical during these younger years.

 

Wisdom teeth are also developing during these life stages and are becoming increasingly likely to be impacted (malpositioned in the bone and prevented from erupting normally in the mouth) thus requiring removal. The best time to remove wisdom teeth will be decided by Dr. Tatum and Dr. Austin, but it is typically between 15 and 20 years of age.

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Free Cosmetic Consultation

Learn more without feeling pressured to make any kind of commitment. It's crucial that you take the time and effort to consider your options before you choose a restorative or cosmetic procedure, we will help you through the process!

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