Pediatric Dentistry in Apex

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Benefits of Regular Pediatric Visits

At Cardinal Family Dentistry

Establishing an oral care routine early for your child will help avoid issues like dental phobia and anxiety
Developing a strong relationship with a dentist sets your child up for optimal dental health
Preventive dental care and regular checkups keep your child healthy and prevent dental health issues
Do You Offer Any Pediatric Specials?

Yes! We offer a variety of new patient specials, including a first appointment at Cardinal Family Dentistry for just $79.

This special offer includes a comprehensive cleaning from one of our dental hygienists, an oral exam by Dr. Barker, and x-rays for your little one, if necessary. We use digital x-rays to ensure that we minimize your little one’s exposure to radiation. In addition, we will not recommend x-rays unless Dr. Barker believes they are necessary, based on the results of your child’s oral exam, and we will not take an x-ray of your child without your consent.

When should I bring my child in for their first dental appointment?

According to the American Dental Association, you should bring your child in for their first appointment near their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts, whichever comes first. Bringing your child in early for dental exams and regular checkup will ensure that their teeth are growing in correctly and that any dental health issues get taken care of before they become serious problems. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barker and meet the Cardinal Family Dentistry team!

What can I expect at my child’s first dental appointment?

During your child’s first appointment, the friendly, energetic team at Cardinal Family Dentistry will make you and your little one feel at home. Dr. Barker will help you develop an oral care routine for your child and answer any questions you may have about their dental health. We’ll check your child’s mouth for any signs of dental issues, and you’ll leave with peace of mind knowing that you’ve established a meaningful relationship with a pediatric dentist and that your child is set up for success.

What Happens During A Routine Dental Visit For My Child?

This depends on the age of your child. If you are bringing in an infant who does not yet have most of their teeth, Dr. Barker will simply clean any teeth that have erupted, and perform a basic oral exam. Then, she can answer any questions you may have about caring for your child’s mouth as their teeth begin to erupt.

If you are bringing in an older child who has most or all of their baby teeth, we will begin the appointment with a dental cleaning. One of our dental hygienists will examine your child’s mouth and check for cavities, gently scrape away any plaque or tartar, polish their teeth with a special brush, and give them a good flossing to leave their smile bright and clean.

Next, Dr. Barker will examine your child’s mouth and look for any potential issues like tooth decay or gum disease. Then, she’ll discuss her findings with you, and answer any questions that you may have about caring for your child’s teeth.

What ARe The Most Common Causes of ToothAches?

If your child has been complaining of tooth pain, you may be wondering what is causing their issue and whether it’s serious enough to demand attention from a dentist like Dr. Barker. A few common causes of a toothache can include:

  • Tooth decay
  • The growth and eruption of new teeth (permanent teeth)
  • Cracks or chips in the teeth due to teeth grinding or clenching
  • Improper, over-aggressive brushing, which can wear down enamel and result in sensitive teeth

If your child has a toothache and it lasts for a day or two, it’s important to see a pediatric dentist in Apex right away. If you ignore a toothache and hope that it goes away on its own, it may become more severe. The best way to reduce your child’s pain and discomfort is to see Dr. Barker for an oral exam right away and ensure that the cause of their toothache can be treated.

How can dental sealants protect my child’s teeth?

If your child has healthy, strong teeth, it’s important to keep them that way and protect them from any harm. Dental sealants cover your child’s back teeth and block sugary foods and drinks from getting in and causing bacteria build-up. If you’re interested in protecting your child’s dental health, give us a call to set up an appointment with Dr. Barker.

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