PEDIATRIC DENTAL CARE IN
SUMMERVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA
Grosso Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry is pleased to be a bi-specialty practice combining outstanding orthodontic care with high-quality, positive dental experiences for children in a relaxed and fun environment. We believe in developing long lasting relationships with families built on trust so we can provide continuity of care for your child, from infancy through adolescence.
Your child’s oral health is our top priority. The foundation of good oral health begins when babies are born. The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist by their first birthday. At Grosso Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we focus on keeping primary teeth healthy and educating patients and parents on ways to prevent decay and other dental diseases. Regular dental visits, usually every 6 months, combined with proper home care will help minimize and possibly eliminate the need for invasive treatment such as a filling.
WE OFFER COMPLIMENTARY MEET & GREETS JUST FOR YOU!
Grosso Kids offers complimentary Meet & Greet appointments in our Summerville, SC location to allow new patients to get to know our Pediatric dental team. We will show you around our office and introduce you to Dr. Brockhouse and the team to ensure you and your little one are comfortable and have all of your questions answered. To schedule your Meet & Greet consultation, click but button below. We look forward to meeting you soon!
The Importance of Healthy Primary Teeth
Primary teeth or baby teeth are essential to the growth and development of your child. Although babies can be uncomfortable when cutting their primary teeth, they play a vital role in learning to chew food, developing facial muscles and learning to speak. Primary teeth also hold the place for future permanent teeth.
How to Help Your Child Avoid Cavities
Cavities form when excess bacteria and acids are left on teeth for a prolonged amount of time. If food particles and sugar are not cleaned away from teeth, a sticky substance called plaque will form. Over time, the acid from plaque will begin to soften or demineralize the enamel of the tooth.
Fortunately, advanced digital x-rays can detect demineralization in between teeth before it becomes decay. Patients can then take extra measures between checkups to floss and brush and possibly reverse the demineralization process. Depending on where decay forms, cavities, also known as dental caries, will most likely need to be filled. Grosso Kids offers some tips on how to help your child avoid cavities:
- Brush twice a day and floss regularly
- Keep up with regular dental visits every 6 months
- Limit sugary foods and drinks
- Get enough fluoride through drinking water and fluoride toothpaste
Grosso Kids is pleased to offer dental sealants to help protect primary teeth and permanent molars from decay. Dental sealants are a protective coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Sealants can be an effective way to help reduce decay for pediatric patients and are an important part of pediatric dental care.
WHY CHOOSE A PEDIATRIC DENTIST?
Did you know pediatric dentist receive an additional 2-3 years of training beyond dental school? This additional education prepares pediatric dentists to provide the best possible care for infants, children and teens. At Grosso Kids, our goal is to teach children how to care for their teeth at every stage during their development and educate children on the importance of good oral health routines so that they can build the foundation of a healthy smile. Every child deserves a beautiful, healthy smile!
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6 Month Checkup
Regular dental visits are important for your child’s oral health. Oftentimes, we can catch problems early before they become bigger problems. At your child’s regular 6 month checkups we will:
- Take digital x-rays as needed
- Perform a thorough cleaning
- Apply fluoride treatment
- Check teeth for decay or demineralization
- Review proper oral hygiene skills for brushing and flossing
- Educate children and parents on the importance of good oral health
- Evaluate for dental sealants
Brushing and Flossing
At home oral health care is vital to maintaining strong, healthy teeth with minimal decay. We recommend that parents help children brush their teeth twice a day and floss daily. Getting into the habit of regular brushing and flossing has lifelong health benefits. Sometimes, kiddos can be independent and want to brush their teeth themselves. To ensure that children are doing a good job, parents should take turns with children.
For children age 3 and up, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends using a soft-bristled, child sized toothbrush with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. We encourage parents to concentrate on each surface of the back molars as this is a hotspot for decay. Replacing toothbrushes every 3 months to get the best results when brushing.
Brushing and flossing are easier when you are having fun! Here are some tips to help make your child’s brushing routine more fun:
- Apps and games about brushing
- Play fun music while your child brushes
- Reward good brushing behavior
- Shopping with your child to pick out his favorite toothbrush and toothpaste
- Watch fun videos about brushing teeth
- Read stories about brushing and flossing
- Brush together — your child can learn from your example
We look forward to partnering with you and teaching your children about the benefits of brushing and flossing so that it can become a part of a lifelong good oral hygiene routine.
REQUEST A PEDIATRIC DENTAL APPOINTMENT
READY FOR A LIFETIME HEALTHY SMILE?
Simply fill out our easy online form. Our pediatric dental team will contact you shortly to schedule your appointment with our pediatric dentist and get you started on the journey to a lifelong healthy, happy smile.