Kids Dentistry: Creating Good Habits for Life
At Abington Dental Associates, kids dentistry is about more than bright, healthy smiles. Dr. Shirgavi wants to make sure your child’s visit is rewarding and fun, so there’s no fear of “next time”. Our kids dental team takes the extra time to earn the trust of both you and your child, to make sure each trip to the dentist is a pleasant, calm experience.
We encourage you and your child to ask questions and are always happy to address any concerns you have as a parent. We offer empathetic oral health education and use simple explanations to answer your child’s questions and reassure them.
Your Child’s First Visit
Dr. Shirgavi understands that you want the best for your child. At Abington Dental Associates, we focus on providing the highest quality pediatric dental care possible. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at Abington Dental Associates, they don’t have to be!
Our practice is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist. Dr. Shirgavi’s kind, caring, sunny nature and gentle touch are reassuring for our families and younger patients.
Regular Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow Dr. Shirgavi to closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you, as a parent, have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child. Our Abington dental team may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
Dental fluoride treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Shirgavi often recommends fluoride treatments to help protect your child’s teeth against decay. Fluoride acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At Abington Dental Associates, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored fillings.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but some do. In many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize your child’s smile as a whole. If your child’s wisdom tooth’s growth can cause damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, we may consider extraction.
We will take a panoramic radiograph of your child’s entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental stage of the wisdom teeth in consideration. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but 3rd molars do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
Is your child due for a preventive checkup or other service from our menu of kids dentistry services? Give Abington Dental Associates a call to schedule their appointment with Dr. Shirgavi today!
We offer comprehensive general dentistry services for the whole family to keep your smile healthy, confident and bright.