Gentle Dentistry for Children
At Bella Vista Family Dental, we love taking care of families—and of course that includes the little ones. We are happy to provide dental care to children of all ages (and continue caring for them into adulthood!).
As a father himself, Dr. Kennedy understands that treating kids isn’t quite the same as treating adults. While he always works with a gentle touch, he also uses fun, kid-friendly explanations to help children understand what’s going on with their dental health. Positive experiences at the dentist at a young age can make a huge difference in someone’s view of dental care as they get older, and Dr. Kennedy works hard to set kids up for a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.
Children’s Dental Treatments
- Teeth Cleanings
- Dental Exams
- Silver & Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Dental Crowns
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Sports Mouthguards
- At-Home Oral Hygiene Instruction
Commonly Asked Questions
Have a question about your child’s dental care? The answer might be here! We’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions we get related to kids’ dentistry. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, you are welcome to contact our practice to ask a member of our team.
The same rule goes for you and your child. You should bring your kid to see the dentist every six months for a regular dental checkup. Some children with dental concerns may need more regular care.
Yes! Baby teeth are kind of like placeholders for where permanent teeth should come in. If they’re lost or if they fall out early, it can result in those permanent teeth coming in incorrectly and negatively affecting the alignment of your child’s teeth. Not to mention, baby teeth can still get cavities so it’s still important to keep them clean and healthy.
Dental sealants are coatings applied to teeth in a quick, simple procedure. We use them to “seal off” the grooved chewing surfaces of teeth where it’s easy for food and bacteria to get trapped and lead to cavities.
It depends on their age. Starting when they’re born, you can gently clean their gums with cloth and water. Once they get baby teeth, you can brush the teeth with soft toothbrush and a tiny smear of toothpaste. When they’re around three to six years old, you can increase that to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. A good gauge for knowing when your child can brush their teeth on their own is seeing if they have the hand-eye coordination to tie their own shoes.