Pediatric Dentistry in Palm Harbor
Pediatric Dentistry from Harborview Dental Health
Regular dental care and treatment are vital to helping your child keep their mouth and teeth healthy. At Harborview Dental Health, our experienced and compassionate team loves taking care of our younger patients. If you’re searching for a dentist with a great deal of experience in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Healey provides gentle dental in Palm Harbor that is designed to make your child’s visits to the dentist comfortable and fun.
Pediatric Dentistry Should Make Your Child’s Well-Being a Top Priority
Our family-oriented dental practice is committed to creating a peaceful environment and helping children develop good oral care habits that last a lifetime. We understand how important it is for parents the find a dentist with experience in pediatric dentistry and works well with children. Toddlers and young children visiting the dentist for the first time may be anxious or hesitant. We always do our best to make them feel safe, put them at ease and make visiting a dentist an enjoyable experience.
We offer specialized gentle teeth cleaning and mild sedation dentistry that can make visits easier for children and those with special needs. Our team employs state-of-the-art digital X-rays and CariVu cavity diagnosis technology that enables us to detect early decay and we stay abreast of the latest developments in pediatric dentistry to provide the most advanced care when performing dental procedures.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
We recommend that you bring your child to see a dentist after their primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt. Visiting a dentist while they’re very young helps kids become familiar with what happens at a dental appointment and helps them feel more comfortable at future visits. This initial visit allows us to detect issues like early decay and check the development of your child’s teeth and jaw. We also provide instruction on how to properly care for your child’s teeth. While we encourage children to be independent in the exam room, we welcome you to sit in the dentist’s chair with your child on your lap until they’re old enough to sit in the chair on their own.
Preventative Pediatric Dental Care
Visiting a dentist in Palm Harbor for regular pediatric dentistry services (checkups, cleanings, and hygiene instruction) is a must to keep your child’s teeth healthy. When your child comes in for a visit, we’ll make sure their primary and permanent teeth developing normally, look for cavities, and observe any variations in jaw growth that may require orthodontic treatment or pre-orthodontic treatment such as space maintainers. Early detection of a misaligned bite and other issues can help prevent problems like TMJ and help your child avoid more costly, complex orthodontic treatment in the future.
A dentist may recommend putting sealants on the rear permanent molars, which typically erupt between the ages of 6-13. Non-invasive and easy to apply, dental sealants are a thin, protective coating that creates a shield against bacteria, preventing decay and cavities from forming in the nooks and crannies of teeth.
Gentle Emergency Pediatric Dental Care
Children often sustain injuries from falling, roughhousing and other common mishaps. If your child needs immediate dental treatment, seeing an emergency dentist in Palm Harbor is essential. Our team at Harborview Dental Health is well-versed in emergency pediatric dentistry. We help keep your child calm, relieve their pain and provide gentle dental treatment to repair any injuries. Many children and teens injure their teeth while playing sports–we offer custom-made athletic mouthguards that are worn during athletic activity to protect the teeth from injury.
Schedule an Appointment for Pediatric Dentistry at Harborview Dental Health
To learn more about the benefits of gentle dental care in Palm Harbor and how a dentist with experience in pediatric dentistry can help your children maintain optimal oral health, contact us at (727) 785-4716. The caring team at Harborview Dental Health looks forward to meeting you and serving all your family’s dental care needs.