At Primary Dental, we treat you and your kids like family. We strive to make every experience as professional as possible, yet comfortable and fun for children. Our dental office is the most kid-friendly family dentist around town.
We have a state of the art office and gentle, experienced staff that will put your child at ease. Each room features a unique, kid-friendly design as well as a flat-screen TV.
Other features of our kid-friendly dental office:
- Dedicated themed areas and treatment rooms catered to children, including a cleaning area where siblings can be together and private treatment rooms.
- Children can watch cartoons while getting treatment with TVs above every chair.
- Parents are welcome during treatment.
- Multiple doctors to get sibling appointments at the same time.
- To help ease the child’s anxiety, “laughing gas” and other options are available.
- Each child gets a prize/toy at the end of cleaning or treatment.
- Children get an electric spin brush every third cleaning visit and a new manual toothbrush every cleaning visit.
- Same-day treatment when available.
- Children can see the whole family with separate adult treatment areas.
Children’s Dental Services
When your baby is born, his or her first set of teeth (baby teeth) are already formed under the surface of their gums. These teeth will begin to push through their gums around 6 months old. Baby teeth are important for eating, talking, and smiling. They also “hold the space” for adult teeth. It is important to implement good oral health habits as soon as possible with children. Here are some guidelines to help you do this:
- Age 0-2
Begin by gently cleaning your child’s mouth and gums with a soft cloth, before they even have any teeth. This will keep their gums clean and it will also get them used to having something in their mouth cleaning their teeth as the teeth start to come in. Do not allow your child to develop habits of going to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup, as this often starts an early cycle of decay in your child’s teeth.
- Age 2-4
This is a good time to introduce your child to the dentist. An easy way to do this in a fun, non-threatening way is to bring them with you to your own routine check-up and cleaning. Your child can watch you and the dentist interact. They will see the dentist looking in your mouth, cleaning your teeth, etc. If your child is comfortable, the dentist could have a quick look in their mouth while they sit on your lap in the dental chair. Doing this a few times with you will help your child understand that the dentist is not “scary”. At this age, your child should begin brushing their teeth twice a day with a child-sized, soft bristle toothbrush. You will want to be involved with this process, making sure the teeth are brushed thoroughly. Also, you will want to teach your child to spit the toothpaste out and not allow them to swallow it.
- Age 5-7
Children should have a dental exam and cleaning twice a year by this age. Bitewing x-rays, which allow the dentist to detect cavities in individual teeth, are recommended once a year. A panoramic x-ray that allows the dentist to see an x-ray of your child’s entire mouth, including the developing adult teeth, should be taken once every 2-3 years. Sealants will be recommended as molars start growing in. The dentist will begin to evaluate for orthodontic needs (braces) during this age as well.
- Age 8-14
Children should continue to see the dentist twice a year for routine exams. Sealants will be recommended as second molars begin to emerge. Orthodontics is usually started during this time period as well. Continue to encourage good oral hygiene at this time, including daily brushing and flossing.
- Age 15-18
Children should continue with routine exams and cleanings every 6 months. Wisdom teeth will be addressed toward the end of this age range, evaluating whether they need to be removed or not. Also, it is important to continue teaching and encouraging good oral hygiene through this, and all stages of childhood.
Dental Procedures Available for Children
- Routine dental cleanings.
- Esthetic tooth-colored restorations/fillings
- Porcelain crowns for teenage patients
- Tooth extractions
- Phase 1 orthodontics (early intervention braces)
- Phase 2 orthodontics (complete cases)
- Custom athletic mouthguards and nightguards
- Digital X-rays, 3D cone beam technology
- Silver diamine fluoride treatments
- and more
We accept most major dental insurances for children’s dental work, including Delta, Aetna, Cigna, Metlife, Guardian, Blue Cross/Blue Shields, Medicaid, CHP+, and many others. If your carrier is not listed, please call, and we’d be more than happy to answer any insurance questions.