At Dental Group of Morristown, our top priority is providing your child with the highest quality patient care in a friendly and fun environment. Our experienced and compassionate team is dedicated to making every visit enjoyable while also educating patients on how to maintain healthy gums and teeth for a lifetime.
Children’s Dentistry in Morristown, NJ
Children have unique dental needs that require the expertise of a pediatric dentist.
Pediatric dentists are specially equipped to care for the oral health of infants, toddlers, and children. We understand how important it is to provide high-quality pediatric dental care that helps your child feel comfortable.
Our experienced team is extremely patient and dedicated to making each child’s dental visit fun and stress-free. We offer a wide variety of children’s dentistry services and compassionate care to meet your family’s needs, whether you are looking to schedule an initial visit for your baby, a regular checkup for your toddler, or more specialized care for a teenager.
The Importance of a Pediatric Dentist
We firmly believe it’s never too early to start caring for your child’s teeth. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children have their first dental appointment to see a board-certified pediatric dentist by the time they turn one.
Early dental visits are important because they allow us to establish a relationship with your child and understand their dental health needs. These appointments also allow us to answer any questions about your child’s teeth and provide guidance on proper at-home care.
At each dentist visit, we will:
- Go over their medical and dental history
- Clean your child’s teeth thoroughly and check for signs of decay
- Examine their gums for any redness or swelling
- Check their bite to look for any problems
- Take x-rays, if necessary
We also offer various preventive services, such as sealants and fluoride treatments, to help keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong.
As Your Child Grows, So Do Their Dental Needs
Childhood and early adolescence are times of rapid change, both physically and emotionally, and as kids progress through various stages of development, so do their teeth and facial structures. Many factors, both genetic and environmental, can contribute to the health and appearance of your child’s smile, like thumb sucking and pacifier use, dietary habits, and injury.
While some of these dental issues cannot be prevented, there’s a lot you can do to ensure your child has optimal oral health and develops a functional and healthy smile.
At Dental Group of Morristown, we ensure your children are educated with useful, age-appropriate information regarding the best methods for caring for their teeth, following a healthy diet, and what oral habits or activities may be harmful to their dental health and overall well-being.
Assessing Dental and Facial Growth
As your child grows, their smile will change. We closely monitor the development of your child’s teeth and jaws to ensure they grow properly. If we see any potential problems, we will develop a treatment plan to correct them. Sometimes this can include a referral for orthodontic treatment.
Healthy Diets for Healthy Smiles
What your child consumes has a direct impact on their oral health. For example, a diet that is high in sugar and simple carbohydrates can lead to tooth decay, while a diet that is lacking in important nutrients can cause problems with the development of their teeth and jaws.
At-Home Dental Care
Optimal oral health is not just achieved in the dental office – it must also be maintained at home. That’s why we take the time to teach your child how to brush and floss correctly, and we also provide resources and information for you.
By following these guidelines, you can help to ensure your child maintains optimal oral health and develops a positive attitude towards dental care:
- Establish a partnership with a dental practice when your child is still small (typically in the first couple of years).
- Keep your child’s teeth clean at home – brushing twice daily and flossing daily.
- Do not let your baby sleep with a bottle of milk or juice.
- Bring your child to the dentist for routine checkups and care.
- Promote wise dietary choices and healthy snacking. This includes replacing sugary drinks with water and limiting sweets.
- Provide supportive guidance to help your child put away their pacifier and stop thumb-sucking at the appropriate age.
- Make sure your child wears a supportive mouthguard if they play contact sports.
Pediatric Dentistry in Morristown, NJ
At Dental Group of Morristown, we are proud to offer high-quality and comprehensive dental care in a warm and welcoming environment. Our team is dedicated to providing your child with the best possible care and making every visit fun and stress-free, especially during their first visit.
If you are located in the Morristown, NJ, area and have questions about how we create beautiful smiles, our dental office, friendly staff, or accepted dental insurance plans, contact us today!