Pediatric Dental Carein Decatur, GA

Start Your Child on the Path to Good Oral Health

When teaching children, it’s essential to lead by example. It’s crucial to teach them how to care for their oral health. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends a child be seen by a dentist by their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth erupting.

At Spaulding Dentistry, Dr. Jocelyn Spaulding provides comprehensive pediatric dental care for children in the Decatur, Atlanta, and North Druid Hills, GA areas.

Instilling Good Brushing Habits

It’s important to brush your child’s teeth to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Brush your child’s teeth once they first erupt. It may be difficult at first, but eventually, both you and your child will get used to it. 

Begin using fluoride toothpaste on your child’s teeth starting at age two. From ages two to seven, we recommend using a small pea-sized amount of toothpaste to clean your child’s teeth. We recommend parents and/or guardians dispense toothpaste for young children and assist with brushing. In the meantime, here are some ways you can help them at home:

  • Make It Fun – The main reason most children skip their oral hygiene routine is they find it boring. Try to incorporate a song or a game so they will look forward to brushing their teeth.
  • Floss – Teach your child flossing as well as brushing. Even young children should be flossing their teeth regularly.
  • Healthy Eating  – Limit sodas and sugary drinks and foods that can damage your child’s teeth. 
  • Ditch the Binky – Try to wean your child from the pacifier by age three at the latest. This goes for thumb-sucking as well. The pressure from a pacifier or thumb can affect the alignment of their teeth and change the way their smile looks.  
  • Lead by example– If your child sees you brushing and flossing daily, they’ll be more likely to do it themselves.

Our Pediatric Dental Treatments

Our Decatur dentist loves working with kids, and we are always especially gentle with them. One of our top goals is to avoid dental anxiety and build a strong foundation for kids to have lifelong healthy habits. By creating a warm, welcoming environment, we can ease your child into their first experience with a dentist. 

We can provide your child with the following procedures during their check-ups:

Oral Examinations — Our dentists examine your child’s teeth for signs of potential issues so they can be treated right away. By visiting our Decatur office for regular checkups, your child can maintain a healthy smile well into adulthood.

Dental Cleanings — We’ll clean and polish your child’s teeth to ensure they have a healthy and beautiful smile. We’ll use special dental tools to remove plaque and tartar from areas of the mouth that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush.

Tooth Extraction — If a tooth becomes impacted or threatens your child’s oral health in any way, we’ll gently remove it to solve the issue. Rest assured, our dentist will apply an anesthetic to ensure a pain-free experience for your child.

Tooth Fillings — Cavities are a common dental problem for children, which can contribute to gum disease, tooth loss, and other health consequences. If your child has a cavity, our Decatur dentists can restore the strength and appearance of their tooth with a customized filling.

A Lifetime of Healthy Smiles

Maintaining a healthy smile requires effort and dedication. Let us be your partner in this endeavor and bring your family to our state-of-the-art dental practice. Our experienced and friendly staff will provide personalized care and attention to detail, catering to the unique needs of each member of your family. Schedule your family’s appointment today by filling out this convenient contact form or by calling us at (404) 634-5738 and give them the gift of a lifetime of radiant, healthy smiles

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Spaulding Dentistry

1201 Clairmont Rd. #200
Decatur, GA 30030

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