Pediatric Dentistry

At Platinum Dental Group, we understand that children have unique dental needs and require a different approach to care. Our team of pediatric dentists is dedicated to the health and care of your child’s smile.

Our top priority is helping young patients understand the importance of good oral hygiene and develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. 

These simple recommendations can help your child maintain optimal oral health and develop a positive attitude towards dental care:

  • Establish a consistent dental partnership with a board-certified pediatric dentist when your child is between 1 and 2 years old and bring your child to the dentist for routine checkups and care.
  • Start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they appear with a wet washcloth or gauze pad until you can advance to a children’s toothbrush.
  • Do not allow your child to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice, food, or candy.
  • Always lead by example and show your child the proper oral hygiene steps like brushing and flossing twice per day and encourage this behavior.
  • Promote wise dietary choices and healthy snacking – replace sugary drinks with water and limit sweets.
  • Provide support and guidance to help your child put away their pacifier and stop thumb or finger sucking at the appropriate time to prevent dental issues.
  • Make sure your child wears a proper mouthguard when playing certain sports.
  • If you notice anything out of the ordinary with your child’s teeth or mouth, don’t hesitate to contact our Pediatric Dentistry team. We are here to help!
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The Importance of Pediatric Dental Services

Your child’s teeth are essential, not just for their smile but for their overall health as well. Pediatric Dentistry focuses on infants, children, and adolescents’ unique oral and dental health needs. Our teams are specially trained to provide comprehensive dental care for your child.

Early and consistent dental care is important for several reasons:
  • First, it can help detect more severe dental problems at their early stages.
  • It can help your child develop healthy dental habits that will last a lifetime.
  • Third, it can help your child feel comfortable and confident about their smile.
  • It can give you some peace of mind knowing their teeth are healthy and well-cared for.

Studies show that children miss over 50 million school hours each year to dental problems, which can be detrimental to their education and development. To help children avoid these issues and maintain beautiful smiles, we recommend regular dental checkups and cleanings.

Pediatric Dentistry: Frequently Asked Questions

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child see a dentist by their first birthday. This may seem early, but it’s essential to establish a dental home for your child and get them on a regular preventive care schedule.
Thumb sucking and pacifier use are common habits in young children. Most children will stop on their own between two and four years old. However, if the habit continues beyond this age, it can cause problems with the alignment of the teeth.
Teething is a natural process as your baby’s first teeth start to come in. It can be a painful experience for your child, but there are several things you can do to help. These include giving them a cool, wet cloth or a teething ring to chew on, putting pressure on the gums with your finger, and giving them pain relief medication as needed.
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth. They typically appear between the ages of 17 and 21. While some people have no problems with their wisdom teeth, others may need to have them extracted due to crowding, infection, or other issues.
If your child has a dental emergency, it’s essential to stay calm and act quickly. Contact the dental office immediately and explain the situation. If you can’t reach the dentist, go to the nearest emergency room. If they have a tooth knocked out, try to find the tooth and bring it with you to the emergency dental appointment. If they are bleeding, apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth. Common injuries to the teeth and oral cavity seen in a pediatric dental office include everything from soft tissue lacerations of the lips, cheeks, or tongue to chipped, fractured, dislodged, or “knocked out” teeth.
Most dental plans like BlueCross BlueShield and Delta Dental cover appointments with board-certified pediatric dentists. However, it’s essential to check with your insurance provider to see what your specific plan covers.

Pediatric Dentist in New Jersey

Platinum Dental Group takes a proactive approach and emphasizes the importance of good dental health. We provide high-quality dental care to you and your child with the resources and tools to establish an effective oral hygiene routine. Whether it’s your child’s first dental appointment, a routine visit, or a dental emergency, every member of our team gives compassionate care and strives to make each dental visit with your child a positive, informative, and beneficial experience.