Como Park Dentistry - St. Paul

Pediatric Treatment & Education in St. Paul

Kids not only get sparkling smiles but also learn lifelong habits for dental health, making dentist visits a breeze! It's like a fun dental adventure that sets up youngsters for a lifetime of confident grins.
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Building Healthy Smiles from the Start

Pediatric dentistry is essential for laying the foundation of lifelong oral health in children. By starting dental care early, we instill good habits and educate both kids and parents on proper oral hygiene. From teaching effective brushing and flossing techniques to advising on nutrition choices, we empower families to take charge of their dental health. Additionally, regular check-ups allow us to monitor tooth development and provide preventive treatments like sealants to ward off cavities. Through a supportive environment, we aim to make dental visits positive experiences, ensuring children feel comfortable and confident in maintaining healthy smiles for life.

Your Child’s First Appointment

For patients of all ages, our ultimate goal is your health, your comfort, and your satisfaction. In pediatric dentistry, special consideration is paid to the challenges that our youngest patients face when they sit in the chair. We’ll keep a close eye on children-specific oral health markers and milestones and we’ll talk to your child in a kid-friendly way that makes them feel safe and engaged.

Show and Tell

Some kids are adventurous explorers with a million questions. Others feel bashful and careful or even anxious about new experiences. We want all kids to feel safe and engaged and to feel positive about visiting the dentist. The best way to meet their emotional needs is to have a conversation in kid-friendly terms. We’d like to start each appointment by hearing their thoughts and concerns and we’d like to explain what we plan to do during the appointment and answer any questions they have.

Gentle Examination

With special attention paid to children-specific oral health markers, we will gently examine your child’s gums, tongue, teeth, and overall health. During our exam, we’ll keep an eye on the progress of their primary teeth and adult teeth. Our exam will reveal areas of concern or tricky spots that may need some extra attention at home or at future appointments.

Keeping you in the loop

After an exam, we’ll have some advice for both the young patient and their parent or guardian. Sometimes we have extra tips and tricks to help with brushing those hard-to-reach spots at home. We’ll let you know if there are any problem areas that we plan to keep an eye on and what to look out for between appointments. Together, we make a great team!

Beyond Baby Teeth: Understanding the Lasting Impact of Pediatric Dental Health

It’s surprising, but some wonder why children’s dental care matters when baby teeth eventually fall out! Typically, kids have their baby teeth by age 3, and these teeth start to shed around age 6, with adult teeth mostly in place by the early teens. Yet, the condition of children’s teeth during these formative years holds significant implications for their long-term dental health.

Foundational Dental Health

While baby teeth may seem temporary, they play a crucial role in guiding the development of permanent teeth. Premature loss or decay of baby teeth can lead to alignment issues or crowding in adult teeth.

Pain Prevention

Children are just as susceptible to dental issues as adults, including tooth decay, sensitivity, and gum disease. Addressing these issues early prevents pain and discomfort, ensuring children can eat, speak, and smile without hindrance.

Confidence and Social Skills

Healthy teeth are essential for children’s confidence and social development. Dental problems can impact their ability to communicate clearly and may affect their self-esteem and social interactions.

Nutritional Well-being

Dental pain or discomfort can affect children’s eating habits, leading to poor nutrition and growth. Maintaining healthy teeth enables children to eat a diverse range of foods essential for their overall health and development.

Long-term Habits

Early experiences with dental care shape children’s attitudes and habits towards oral health. By prioritizing children’s dental care, we instill lifelong habits that contribute to their well-being into adulthood.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand dental anxiety in children and take extra care to help them feel comfortable. Our gentle approach and kid-friendly environment can alleviate fears. Please mention to our team when you book the appointment so we can reserve a little extra time.

Our pediatric dental services include routine exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, and orthodontic evaluations.

Use a fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) in a small amount, about the size of a grain of rice, for children under three, and a pea-sized amount for children aged three to six.

Prolonged thumb-sucking or pacifier use can affect dental development. We can provide guidance on how to help your child break these habits if needed.

You can help by explaining what to expect in simple, positive terms and by avoiding any negative language about the dentist.

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