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Help Your Child’s Smile Shine With Pediatric Dentistry in South Bend
A healthy adult smile begins with proper dental care during childhood. At The Dental Center of South Bend (Dentistry and Braces for Children and Teenagers) we offer state-of-the-art equipment, experienced children’s dentists, and a warm and welcoming environment for you and your child. Call today to find out more about our children’s pediatric dentistry services or to schedule an appointment for your child.
What Makes Children’s Dentistry Unique?
Children’s dentists work solely with patients from infancy through adolescence. As pediatric dental specialists, our dentists undergo two to three years of training beyond dental school. This allows them to work with patients with complex dental needs that may require treatment in a hospital setting or by a pediatric oral surgeon. Whatever your child’s dental needs, our dentists will work with you, your pediatrician, and general dentist to create a personalized care plan to address the issue.
Why Do Children Need to See Pediatric Dentists?
Pediatric dental professionals have training and experience in helping young patients feel confident and safe during their visit. Unlike general dentists that handle basic dental issues experienced by all patients, pediatric dental professionals are trained and equipped to handle issues unique to children whose teeth and mouths are still developing.
At What Age Should My Child See a Toddler Dentist?
You should include regular dental visits as part of your child’s healthcare regimen by the age of 1 or 2. Our dentists will check your child’s teeth and gums for any signs of disease or decay and provide you with tips for caring for your child’s teeth and improving their oral health at home. Preparing your child ahead of time through age-appropriate play or conversation or rewarding your child with a treat following their visit can help make your child’s first dental visit a positive experience.
What Happens During a Typical Visit to a Pediatric Dentist?
You can expect the following during a visit to our office:
- The dentist will visually examine your child’s teeth and gums. In most cases, we will also use X-rays to check for hidden decay, disease, or dental abnormalities.
- We will clean your child’s teeth to remove the bacteria and plaque that can cause cavities and gum disease.
- We will provide you with a treatment plan to address any issues identified during the exam.
Do You Offer Children’s Pediatric Dentistry for Special Needs Children?
Most general dentists are not trained or equipped to accommodate patients with special challenges, such as developmental issues or chronic health problems. We welcome patients of all needs and abilities. Simply let us know about your child’s special need when you schedule your child’s appointment, and we will work with you to develop a personalized care plan to ensure that your child gets the care that he or she needs in a safe and supportive environment.
Are Your Dental Services Affordable?
We work with numerous dental plans and offer flexible financing options to ensure that our services are as affordable as possible. The final cost of a pediatric dental visit varies based on the type of service performed, the extent of the dental issue, and the percentage covered by your insurance. Call today to find out more about our pricing and financing options.
Do Your Kids’ Dentists Offer Comprehensive Dental Services?
We offer a full range of dental services for children from early childhood through adolescence, including:
Pediatric Dental Checkups
The purpose of routine checkups is to identify dental issues before they cause pain or affect your child’s dental development.
Dental Cleaning for Kids
Regular brushing and flossing are important but not enough to ensure good oral health. Professional cleaning removes plaque and bacteria that can hide between the teeth and under the gums.
Pediatric Dental X-Rays
We include X-rays as a standard part of our pediatric dental exams to help us screen for hidden issues affecting the teeth and gums, including decay and developmental abnormalities.
If your child’s gums appear red, inflamed, or bleed easily when brushing, they may have early-stage gum disease. Our dentists can treat the issue by providing specialized cleanings and recommendations for at-home dental care.
Emergency Pediatric Dentistry
Broken teeth and other dental emergencies are common among children and teens, especially those who participate in sports. Call our office right away if your child experiences a dental emergency. Depending on the situation, we may be able to save the tooth and eliminate the need for more extensive procedures.
From mild sedation in our office to hospital dental care using general anesthesia, we can help you find the best option for your child’s age and dental needs.
How Do I Schedule a Consultation with One of Your Pediatric Dental Specialists?
You can register your child with our practice by calling our office or scheduling an appointment online.