Pediatric dentistry requires a more specialized approach than general dentistry. A good pediatric dentist should have both extra training and experience treating patients of all ages. Our pediatric dentists are dedicated to maintaining the oral health of your children from infancy. We have the knowledge and experience needed to care for your child’s teeth and gums throughout various stages of childhood. Children require special care when they visit the dentist. It is not always easy for a child to be patient and cooperative during a dental exam. Our pediatric dentists know how to interact with children in ways that make them comfortable. We also use specially designed dental equipment that are decorated and arranged with your child in mind. We offer pediatric dentistry with care and patience at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry. Your child’s oral health and confidence start with us. Contact our office in Layton, UT to schedule a dental office appointment for your child!
You should start scheduling regular dental visits for your child after their first birthday or once their teeth have started to come in. Most children begin to grow their baby teeth at six months old. If you feel your child’s teething is delayed as an infant, you should consult with our pediatric dentists. An infant’s tooth and jaw progression will determine when it is safe for them to begin solid foods. Their speech development will also be affected by their oral development. After their first appointment, we may recommend that your child return for check-ups about once every six months. These simple check-ups will ensure your child’s teeth are developing in a healthy and correct way. We also help alert parents about teething and when they can expect their child to experience normal pain. Our pediatric dentists can also advise you on ways you can manage your child’s pain to make them as comfortable as possible while experiencing teething.
Children usually start to lose their baby teeth around six years of age. While these primary teeth are not permanent, they should still be protected from cavities and decay. If a child develops a cavity in one of their primary teeth, the problem will not just go away when that tooth falls out. Tooth decay, when left untreated, will continue to spread and lead to more serious problems like gum disease and difficulty eating or speaking. Baby teeth also pave the way for permanent teeth to come in as smoothly as possible. Keeping them healthy and allowing them to fall out only when they’re ready will go a long way in making sure the adult teeth will erupt as they should.
At Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, we serve Layton, UT and the surrounding area with our dental office for patients of all ages. Contact us today to get your child started on the path to healthy teeth for life!