Pediatric Dentistry

At Wake Dental Care, we strive to provide exceptional, comprehensive dental care to our patients from infancy through adolescence and on until adulthood. Our office seeks to create a friendly and comfortable environment where our young patients  can have a positive dental experience which will encourage good dental habits throughout their entire life. We make dentistry fun while educating children and families the importance of good oral health.

We highly encourage parents to make their child’s first dental appointment around the time the first baby teeth erupt. This first visit allows us to perform a quick “knee-to-knee” exam to begin familiarizing the child with the dentist and allow us to answer any questions you may have as a parent about caring for your child’s new teeth.

What services do we offer for children?

Our dentists will perform a comprehensive exam for your child to ensure proper hygiene is present, there are no cavities, and the teeth are erupting normally. They place particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of deciduous (baby) teeth, which are instrumental in facilitating good chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.

Education

Our doctors educate the child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology; thus emphasizing the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy.  In addition, they advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.

Monitoring Growth

By continuously tracking growth and development, pediatric dentists are able to anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen.  Also, working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves the child’s self-esteem and fosters a more positive self-image.

Prevention

Helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits reduces the chances of later tooth decay.  In addition to providing check ups and dental cleanings, we are also able to apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, advise parents on thumb- sucking/pacifier habits, and provide good demonstrations of brushing and flossing.

Intervention

In some cases, we may discuss the possibility of early treatment with parents.  In the case of oral injury, malocclusion (bad bite), or bruxism (grinding), space maintainers may be fitted or a night-time mouthguard may be recommended.