Services for Young Patients
Between the ages of three months and six years, children are continually developing new teeth. By age three, most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth. The jaw will begin growing to accommodate permanent teeth around age 6. Primary teeth act as placeholders for these permanent teeth and are very important to the development of a child's speech and self-esteem.
We try to make a child's first visit to the dentist both fun and interesting. We check for tooth crowding, calcium deposits, abnormal numbers of teeth, tooth decay resulting from bottle feeding, gum disease, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and any tooth alignment problems stemming from thumb sucking. We explain to our young patients the importance of a healthy diet and demonstrate proper brushing techniques. As with adults, we also clean and polish young patients' teeth. Because primary teeth are important placeholders for permanent teeth, we provide special crowns to restore primary teeth in the event of damage or decay. As a preventive measure, we also provide resin tooth sealants that can prevent cavities in the deep recesses of the tooth's top surface.
Young children often need x-rays more often than adults. We use our digital x-ray technology to detect cavities, bone disease, and erupting teeth; evaluate the condition of the teeth after an injury; and even plan future orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign®, which can be administered during their teenage years.
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You're never too young to learn how to properly care for your teeth or about the importance of dental health. Dr. Rupal Davé cares deeply about helping young patients develop excellent dental health habits that will carry into adulthood. To learn more about how our comprehensive dental care can benefit young children, adolescents, and adults alike, please contact our Keller office today.