Pediatric Dentistry for Your Child

Give your children a great start with healthy teeth

pediatric dentistry

Since 1977, we have been caring for families to ensure that every member, from the newest child to the oldest senior, has healthy teeth. Unlike some other dentists, we treat the whole family. We have child-specific practices to help young ones feel comfortable in the dental chair.

Dr. Leach has enjoyed working with children for over 35 years. Based on his extensive pediatric dentistry experience and knowledge, we include the following as part of our process:

  • We invite your children to “play participate” in the back office with gloves and masks since it helps to relax and engage them.
  • We give everyone a toy after his or her cleaning or procedure. We often make a “turkey” balloon out of gloves.
  • We care for your children in a special working space with a door so that they aren’t overwhelmed by other noises in the open working spaces.
  • We offer our families a play area in the waiting room to keep children entertained.

We encourage you to begin good dental care early. A central part of our practice is preventative dentistry, which focuses keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. This saves families more time and money than if you wait for dental problems to develop.

Care for teeth together with children at least until they are old enough to maintain brushing and flossing on their own. Keeping your children’s teeth healthy is important to help prevent dental and other types of disease.

Special Notes on Babies

People often ask us when their baby will get teeth. One in approximately 2,000 babies is born with teeth, or you may see the first tooth break through the gum as early as three months. Most babies get the bottom, middle two teeth first, followed by the top front two. For others, it could be closer to age one before you see a tooth.

You’ll probably have lots of warning when your child’s teeth are coming – several days or weeks of drooling, swollen gums, chewing on hands, sleeplessness and general fussiness. Some parents even report low-grade fevers and congestion during teething. It’s best to check with your pediatrician if these symptoms seem more than mild.

    Here are three important items to encourage healthy teeth in babies and young children:

  1. Do not put babies to sleep with a bottle.
  2. Bring children to the dentist by age 2, or visit sooner if there is a noticeable need (spotted or discolored teeth, any discomfort).
  3. Primary teeth, also called “baby teeth” should be restored. Children will have some of these teeth for 6-7 years.

By the age of three, your little one will have a full set of 20 baby teeth. At about age six, you can expect your child to start to lose those first teeth for permanent, adult ones.

Please contact us with any questions about your children’s teeth, and bring them in to experience our gentle care. Our dentists and hygienists really like working with kids.