Dentistry for Toddlers –Birmingham, AL
Making Dentistry Fun for Young Smiles
The toddler years are filled with fun, laughter, wonderful memories, and most likely, a bit of frustration. Trying to get your child to slow down and sit still long enough to brush and floss might seem futile, but the good news is Dr. Angelica Rohner and her team is equipped to make this process much easier for you and your little one. As a dentist for kids in Birmingham, Dr. Rohner can make trips to the dentist’s office fun and exciting for your child. Not only will we examine their teeth and gums as well as perform a thorough cleaning, but we’ll discuss fun ways to improve their oral health at home, making their morning and nighttime ritual less of a struggle. If you’re looking for a “kids dentist near me,” contact us today to find out how we can help you and your child!
Dental Checkups and Cleanings
During the toddler years, it is necessary that your child receive two dental checkups and cleanings each year. From the moment they hop into the dentist’s chair, Dr. Rohner will gently examine their teeth, gums, jaw, and bite development. Checking for signs of tooth decay, gingivitis, or other abnormalities, she will collect the necessary information to determine if a personalized treatment plan is required to address any particular problems. It is also during these appointments that we will perform a gentle, yet thorough cleaning of their smile. Removing any hardened plaque and tartar from the teeth and around the gums will lower their risk for cavities, gum disease, and other, more serious oral health problems.
As a parent, you’ll need to be responsible for brushing and flossing your child’s teeth for the first few years. Eventually, your role will only be to observe but until then, it’s important that all of your child’s teeth are properly cleaned each morning and night. Because your little one may find it difficult to reach the back portion of their mouth, these areas can often be neglected, resulting in bacteria entering into the pits and grooves of their molars and premolars. Fortunately, dental sealants can be applied. These thin, plastic coatings are painted onto the chewing surfaces of their teeth, creating a barrier between their enamel and dangerous plaque. With proper care, dental sealants can last up to 10 years or longer.
It is true that children are highly susceptible to tooth decay. Their minimal dexterity and inability to properly clean all areas of their smile, in addition to the desire to eat nothing but sugar, put them at high risk for cavities. The good news is that your child’s pediatric dentist in Birmingham can recommend fluoride treatments during their regular dental checkups and cleanings. This quick and painless process takes only minutes and serves to better protect against tooth decay as well as strengthen their tooth enamel from serious damage.
Is your little one complaining of intense tooth pain? If so, make sure you’re paying close attention, as this can be a sign of a severely decayed or damaged tooth. When an infection or injury reaches the inner layer of the tooth (the pulp), it can cause problems that can result in loss of the tooth if left untreated. Dr. Rohner will examine the problem tooth with the help of digital x-rays. If it appears infected or damaged, she will likely recommend pulp therapy, which involves removing the unhealthy pulp to not only eliminate the infection but also the pain. This will ensure your child’s smile can continue to develop without continued problems.
Our teeth naturally darken over time. Changes in the color of teeth can also be caused by other factors like consuming certain food and beverages. Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications and illnesses, or improper oral hygiene. Restoring your older child’s naturally white smile is a priority for Dr. Rohner. Therefore we provide a variety of options for whitening your older child or teen’s smile.
If Dr. Rohner suggests that your little one undergo a tooth extraction, you can bet it is because they have crowded baby teeth, need to make room for their permanent adult teeth, or a tooth is severely decayed and the root is damaged. In no way will she ever recommend this procedure for situations that are can be addressed using other methods of treatment (i.e. pulp therapy). Should your child require an extraction, you can trust that our team will ensure their complete safety and comfort throughout the procedure.
Thumb-sucking and pacifiers are normal for infants; however, for toddlers to continue these non-nutritive habits, it can spell disaster for their smiles. Unfortunately, the longer they keep these habits, the greater the chance they will develop problems with their teeth and/or bite. As a result, it may be necessary for them to undergo orthodontic treatment once they are of the appropriate age. Dr. Rohner will be happy to provide tips and techniques to eliminate these bad habits and keep your little one’s smile looking and feeling its best as they grow older.
Does your child experience dental anxiety? Are they fearful of visiting the dentist’s office? Dr. Rohner wants all children to feel safe and secure during their appointment, which is why she is pleased to provide nitrous oxide. This method of sedation will help to calm their nerves and keep them relaxed throughout their visit. Taking only minutes to become effective, the solution will help your child remain still and comfortable while Dr. Rohner works. Once the gas is turned off, the effects will quickly fade, and they’ll be ready to resume normal activity.
Special Needs Dentistry
Does your child have special needs? If so, we are pleased to provide special assistance to ensure they receive the dental care they need and deserve. Our team is trained to care for children with all types of special needs and will go the extra mile to make them feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed during their visit. Oftentimes, a visit to the dentist can be extremely difficult, which is why we take a unique approach. We’ll also share helpful tips to make oral hygiene at home an easier process for you and your child.