Miamisburg Pediatric Dentistry
If you need a pediatric dentist in Miamisburg, the team at Miamisburg Family Dental delivers gentle, patient-focused, and informative care for children of all ages. From infants to teenagers, we offer treatments to help your little ones achieve and maintain optimal dental health. Whether you are looking for routine care or restorative treatments like fillings or root canal therapy, we take a communicative, informative approach to pediatric dentistry.
The Importance Of Preventive Care And Education
At Miamisburg Family Dental, we make preventive care and oral health education our #1 priority. We pride ourselves on providing our patients with the services, tools, and resources they need to care for their teeth and maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. This approach has a number of helpful benefits for you and your children:
Prevent and reverse serious oral health conditions – By providing comprehensive, preventive care, we can help your children avoid serious oral health problems like tooth decay, infections, and gum disease.
Save time and money – Preventive care, like cleanings, oral exams, and x-rays, is usually covered by dental insurance plans and is very affordable compared to restorative treatments.
Ensure that you are informed about your family’s oral health – Seeing Dr. Brown and Dr. Almoney regularly ensures that you remain informed about your family’s dental health and oral development. In turn, this helps you make better decisions about their future care.
Our Pediatric Dentistry Treatments And Services
We offer a wide variety of treatments for children of all ages:
- Dental sealants – Dental sealants are a great way to prevent cavities. Sealants use a liquid resin that is “painted” onto your child’s rear molars and hardens into a tough, plastic barrier. This barrier stops oral bacteria, acid, and food debris from contacting the teeth directly, preventing potential cavities.
- Fillings and crowns – Despite your best efforts to prevent it, your child may develop a cavity at some point in their lives. If this happens, we offer tooth-colored fillings and stainless steel crowns, which are ideal for treating tooth decay in young kids.
- Oral exams and teeth cleanings – Your child should see the dentist for a cleaning and oral exam every 6 months, starting when their first tooth comes out or when they turn 1 year old. This allows us to track their oral health and development, and prevent cavities and other common childhood dental issues.
- Fluoride treatments – Fluoride treatments are very useful for treating minor cases of tooth decay. Fluoride can help your child’s enamel “remineralize” and become stronger if it has softened due to poor oral hygiene. In turn, this can prevent a cavity from forming, and safeguard their oral health, eliminating the need for a filling or dental crown.
What Is a “Dental Home,” and Why Does It Matter?
The term “dental home” is used by dentists to refer to the idea that your dental practice should feel comfortable, safe, and familiar- like home! Your dental office should be somewhere that you want to return to for years to come. Finding a dentist who can treat your children through every stage of their life is critical for lifelong dental health.
First, a “dental home” lets your child become familiar with the process of seeing their dentist. You should bring your child to the dentist for the first time around the age of 12 months, or whenever their first tooth emerges. Seeing a dentist at such a young age will familiarize your child with the process, ensuring that your child does not feel anxious about going to the dentist.
Another benefit is that your dentist, such as Dr. Almoney and Dr. Brown, will become familiar with your child’s oral health and development, and can spot potential issues like cavities and oral development issues before they grow into larger issues. They will be able to easily recommend the proper treatment, such as dental sealants to help prevent tooth decay. This will save you quite a bit of time and money, and it will save your child unnecessary discomfort.
Finally, seeing the same dental team regularly lets you and your children develop a real relationship with your dental team. Your dentist will learn about your family, and about the challenges that you and your family face regarding oral health, and make recommendations that will help you keep you and your family healthy.
How Can I Establish Good Dental Hygiene Habits With My Children?
Seeing the dentist from a very young age is an important part of establishing great dental hygiene habits. At Miamisburg Family Dental, Dr. Almoney and Dr. Brown can help your child understand the importance of dental care, and explain important dental concepts to them in a child-friendly manner.
You should also lead by example. Brush your teeth regularly and consistently, twice per day for at least two minutes. Consider making teeth brushing a family activity so that you can show your children the proper technique, and supervise them as they brush.
One aspect of dental hygiene that parents often overlook is flossing. While kids can start to brush their own teeth around the age of 6, they can’t properly floss on their own until they’re about 10. You should floss your child’s teeth every day until they are able to floss on their own.
It’s also important to keep an eye on your child’s diet. You should minimize the amount of sugary drinks and sweet/starchy snacks (fruit juice, soda, sweetened tea, candy, fruit snacks, potato chips, etc.) in their diet. Instead, opt for snacks with plenty of fiber, complex carbohydrates and tooth-fortifying calcium, such as whole fruit, milk, and applesauce.
The bacteria which cause cavities feed off of sugar and starch, so reducing the intake of these foods and drinks will help keep your children’s teeth healthy. Constant snacking should also be avoided, as consuming snacks over a period of several hours gives oral bacteria more food to consume, and can contribute to tooth decay.
Contact Us For An Appointment Today!
Whether you’re new to the area, or simply need a new family dentist in Miamisburg, Dr. Almoney and Dr. Brown of Miamisburg Family Dental can provide you with the informative, preventive care you need. To schedule a consultation, just contact us at (937) 866-5501, or come by our office at 306 E Linden Ave, Miamisburg, OH 45342 to make your appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!