Dental Care for Children

Child smiling in the dental office.

Pediatric Dentistry in Stamford

At Hoyt Street Dental, the health and development of your child’s smile are our top priorities. Our goals are to help children establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of good oral health and experience the benefits of healthy, beautiful smiles.

It is essential to help your kids develop good oral hygiene. By setting up routine dental checkups from an early age, our office can closely monitor the development and health of your child’s smile as they grow. Remember, preventive care and timely treatment for any emerging dental issues not only helps to ensure ongoing oral health, but also supports overall well-being and contributes to a positive self-image.

If you have a little one on the way, it is important to start planning their dental care early on.  As per the recommendations of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, parents are encouraged to have their baby see the dentist around the time of their first birthday.

Our dentists provide gentle and precise care in an environment that’s comfortable, warm, and engaging. Whether it’s your little one’s first trip to the dentist, a routine visit, or treatment for a dental emergency, we are well equipped to provide the care that’s needed. We aim to create the most positive, informative, and helpful appointments possible. We provide you and your child with the resources and tools for an effective brushing and flossing routine and offer nutritional guidance on potentially harmful oral habits.

As skilled and compassionate providers of care, we understand all aspects of dental development and are sensitive to the unique needs of children. At each periodic exam, a member of our professional team will review your child’s medical and dental history, followed by a thorough clinical assessment of the teeth, gums, jaws, and the surrounding oral tissues. We make sure to check your child’s bite, jaw alignment, and function.

Because it’s vital to see what’s going on below the surface, we will take digital radiographs as needed to check for the presence of any cavities or infection, evaluate the position of your child’s developing teeth and the health of the jaw bone. We’ll also perform a professional dental cleaning to eliminate any plaque or debris that has accumulated between the teeth or in hard to reach places.

Beyond good oral hygiene and routine dental care, a balanced, nutritious diet is essential for a healthy smile in a growing child. Sticky, sugary foods and drinks are not only harmful to children’s oral health but also detrimental to their overall well-being. A diet rich in nutrients is critical for optimal growth and development and keeping the teeth and gums strong.

Some simple guidelines to keep your children’s teeth healthy include:

  • Establishing a dental partnership when your child is small
  • Keeping your baby’s and toddler’s teeth clean
  • Not allowing your baby to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice.
  • Bringing your child to the dentist for routine checkups and care
  • Leading by example and encouraging the recommended tooth brushing and flossing routine
  • Promoting wise dietary choices and healthy snacking, including replacing sugary drinks with water and limiting sweets
  • Providing supportive guidance to help your child put away their pacifier and stop thumb or finger sucking at the appropriate time
  • Making sure your child wears a mouthguard when playing specific sports

 If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for your child, call us at (203) 323-5820 .

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