Children’s Dentistry – Oklahoma City, OK
Gentle Care for Developing Smiles
A lifetime of healthy smiles begins when a person is very young. Regular preventive care, a supportive dentist, and parents who are committed to healthy habits all go a long way in ensuring a child’s smile remains in good shape well into adulthood. If you’re looking for a practice that can help your little one’s smile grow, look no further than Joe Isaacson Dental. As an award-winning children’s dentist in Oklahoma City, Dr. Isaacson has extensive experience treating young smiles. To schedule your child’s first appointment, call us today!
Why Choose Joe Isaacson Dental for Children’s Dentistry?
- Skilled, Friendly, and Experienced Team
- Modern Digital Technology for Superior Diagnostics
- Affordable Financing Available
Dental Checkups & Cleanings for Kids
We recommend that your child attend their first dental visit by their first birthday or soon after their first tooth erupts. This appointment will give our team an opportunity to educate you on how to care for your little one’s budding smile. It also helps them become comfortable with our office environment. As your son or daughter grows, their routine visits will change to meet the unique dental needs of kids their age. Eventually, these appointments will closely resemble your own, with a detailed exam followed by a professional teeth cleaning.
The teeth toward the back of the mouth, called molars, are often particularly vulnerable to decay due to the pits and grooves in the enamel. Plus, children may not be able to successfully reach them when brushing. As a result, food can get trapped in the crevices and attract cavity-causing bacteria. That’s where dental sealants can help. Your kids’ dentist in Oklahoma City can paint a thin layer of composite resin over the molars, which rapidly hardens into an invisible barrier that shields the tooth from food debris, bacteria, and plaque. The procedure is quick and painless, and the results can last for about a decade.
Also known as “nature’s cavity fighter,” fluoride has been added to most oral care products and public sources of drinking water. When applied to the teeth, fluoride strengthens the enamel against decay and can even reverse the early signs of a cavity. Our team can greatly reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay with regular fluoride treatments. At the end of their checkup and cleaning, we can briefly coat their teeth in a fluoride varnish to ensure they stay cavity-free in between appointments.
Sportsguards for Children
You’re probably diligent about making sure your child wears their helmet to sports practice. Why not extend that same level of protection to their smile? We can create a personalized mouthguard that fits snugly over the teeth to protect against injury due to impact. Not only does this custom fit feel more comfortable and provide more protection than store-bought mouthguards, but we can also create one with their school colors!
Children’s Dentistry FAQ’s
Do you still have questions about children’s dentistry? For anything specific, please don’t hesitate to contact our office—our friendly front desk staff is always getting to help. At the same time, we want to make the information you need as easy to access as possible, which is why we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about children’s dentistry. Read on to learn more!
Why Care for Baby Teeth if They’re Just Going to Fall Out?
Many parents wonder about why they should spend time and money taking care of baby teeth when they’re just going to fall out anyway. However, baby teeth play an integral role in your son or daughter’s development, helping them learn how to properly eat, speak, and smile. Additionally, the primary teeth are like placeholders for the permanent ones. This means that healthy baby teeth will lead to higher chances of beautiful, straight adult teeth!
How Should I Prepare My Child for the Dentist?
Children can get especially anxious before visiting the dentist, which is why you should do all you can to keep them happy, relaxed, and prepared. Explain the importance of dentistry for their oral and overall health, reminding them that you visit the dentist too. You can do things like play their favorite music or tell them a story on the way to their appointment to help them stay positive. But, once their visit is done, avoid giving them a treat or prize because then they will expect it after every trip to our office.
Why Is It Important to See the Dentist at an Early Age?
Dentistry is all about habit and routine. The sooner you can get your child in the habit of visiting the dentist, the better! Studies show that patients who visit the dentist at a younger age are more likely to continue caring for their oral health as they grow older. Additionally, these appointments give our children’s dentist a chance to catch any serious, underlying issues like bite misalignment, infection and more before they get worse over time.
What Should I Do if My Child has a Toothache?
If your child has a tooth in pain, rinse out their mouth and floss around the area to make sure it’s not just an irritating piece of food debris. If the pain persists, contact our office right away for treatment. Until then, you can give them an over-the-counter pain reliever and use a cold compress to numb the pain. We will usually be able to see your child on the same day of their toothache, treating their discomfort as soon as possible.
Should I Be Concerned About Thumb Sucking?
Thumb sucking is a habit that many children develop, which will generally fade away on its own. However, if your child still sucks their thumb around age 6, this seemingly harmless habit can actually impact the way their permanent teeth grow in as well as their mouth development. Thankfully, our highly trained kids dentist, Dr. Isaacson, can help your child break this habit and avoid the risks that come with it.