Pediatric Dentistry

As your source for high-quality dental treatments, like veneers and crowns, we want to make sure that you have the ability to attain the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible when visiting your Monroe Township and Spotswood, NJ family dentist. Here at the practice of Dr. Richard Goldberg, we’re not just glad to offer our exceptional treatments to adults; we want to provide the same compassionate care for the children in your family as well. In fact, great dental care is just as important for kids and we’ll do all we can to make sure that your child’s primary (baby) teeth stay as healthy as possible.

Why Primary Teeth are Important

Because primary teeth fall out at a young age, many people unfortunately don’t realize the important role that these teeth play. Primary teeth will actually greatly help a child in the following ways:

  • Primary teeth act as the guides for the eruption of permanent teeth. These primary teeth will keep the proper spots open for permanent teeth and will fall out naturally when those teeth push against their roots. If primary teeth fall out early, permanent teeth can shift around and come in crooked.
  • Having strong and healthy primary teeth make it easier for children to eat and help a child maintain great nutrition.
  • Additionally, they’ll help a child speak clearly and properly, as teeth are essential to many sounds in speech. Without some primary teeth speech impediments can develop and are very hard to correct later in life.
  • Learning how to take care of primary teeth can build healthy oral hygiene habits for taking care of permanent teeth.

Your Child’s First Teeth

A Little Girl Brushing & Flossing Her TeethYour child will have 20 primary teeth, all of which should typically erupt somewhere between the first six and nine months of age. The first of these teeth to erupt are usually the lower front teeth, which are then followed by the upper front. Then, it’s usually the first molars that will come in and the canines will soon follow. Most children will experience teething discomfort during this process; if your child is the same, please let us know and we’ll advise you on how to help them soothe their pain appropriately.

You should also know how important it is to keep these newly erupted teeth (as well as the gums) healthy. You should gently wipe your infant’s gums and teeth with either a damp washcloth or a water-soaked gauze pad after each of your child’s feedings. When your child reaches the age of two, you should help develop a daily brushing routine. This should include brushing with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste. It’s likely that you’ll have to assist your child with this process until about the age of six.

Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child visits his or her family dentist by the age of one. By bringing your child to see his or her Monroe Township and Spotswood, NJ family dentist, your child’s dental health will get to benefit in a plethora of ways that include the following:

  • We’ll be able to check your child’s teeth for cavities and other signs of decay.
  • We can watch for any developmental problems.
  • You’ll get to learn ways to improve your child’s oral hygiene with our proper oral hygiene techniques.
  • It’ll build a positive relationship between your child and his or her family dentist in Monroe Township and Spotswood, NJ, which will lessen any anxiety for future visits.

Pediatric Dentistry Treatments

Here at the practice of Dr. Richard Goldberg, we offer a comprehensive selection of pediatric dental treatments that can help prevent tooth decay and even save teeth when needed. Just a sample of the pediatric dentistry treatments that you’ll find at the office of your Spotswood and Monroe Township, NJ family dentist include:

  • Topical Fluoride – Fluoride is very helpful because it’ll incorporate into the enamel of the teeth, making them harder and more resistant to decay. Although fluoride is in most drinking water and toothpastes, it’s only available in small quantities. By stopping by to visit your family dentist, our team will be able to apply a higher concentration on your child’s teeth in order to attain a more optimal level of protection.
  • Dental Sealants – Sealants are plastic coatings that are placed on the chewing surfaces of a patient’s molars. These chewing surfaces are one of the most frequent areas to develop cavities since they contain small crevices that often trap decay-causing bacteria. Sealants will smooth out these grooves and prevent food particles from getting stuck there. They’re easy to apply and will provide protection to your child’s teeth for many years to come.
  • Root Canal Treatment – Root canals aren’t only useful on permanent teeth – they can be just as helpful in saving primary teeth that are badly injured or severely decayed. Saving these primary teeth can sometimes prevent your child from needing orthodontic treatment in the future.
  • Bonding – Bonding materials are used to repair minor chips and fractures to a patient’s front teeth. These materials are lifelike resins that are made of plastic and glass.

Orthodontic Concerns

When your child reaches the age of seven, most orthodontic problems can be spotted. It’s important to visit an orthodontist at around this time so that your child’s orthodontic health can be evaluated. Interceptive orthodontic treatment can sometimes be helpful at this time because it will assist in directing proper tooth positioning and jaw growth. This can allow later orthodontic treatment to be simplified – or even eliminated.

Visit Your Monroe Township and Spotswood, NJ Family Dentist!

Interested in giving your child a head start on having a healthy, lifelong smile? Come and visit us sometime! To schedule an appointment with your family dentist in Spotswood and Monroe Township, NJ, feel free to give us a call at (732) 251-7722 or fill out our online appointment request form. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you’re interested in our veneers or other dental services either! We hope to see you soon!

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