Taking care of kids’ dental needs at Aspire Family Dentistry, serving infants through adolescents and adults.
Pediatric / Kids Dentist | Lewiston, Maine | Family Dental Near Me
Family & Pediatric Dental Care Provided at Aspire Family Dentistry:
Here at Aspire Family Dentistry, we provide high-quality pediatric dentistry for the young ones in your life. We also do our best to make children feel safe and comfortable. The ultimate plan: a healthy mouth and smile for your kids.
We cover all the bases when it comes to therapeutic and preventative dental health for all ages: children, adolescents, and even infants. Everything we do is geared toward providing the best dental care for your family.
As children lose their juvenile “baby” teeth, and then adult teeth begin to replace them, they need attentive and serious care and observation over the years. We keep an eye on their overall oral health through dental health checkups, making sure to diagnose and treat minor issues so they don’t become big ones.
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How To Find The Right Dentist For Your Child:
Finding the right dentist as an adult can be challenging, you of course want to find one that takes your insurance, is near to where you live, and is highly recommended. Finding the right dentist for your whole family can feel impossible. Not only do you have to balance different people’s needs, but children can have a difficult time at the dentist. It is important to find a team that is kind and caring and not only provides great oral care, but also helps teach your children how to care after their own teeth. At Aspire Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves on judgement-free spaces where kids and adults can comfortably get dental work done.
Frequently Asked Questions About Children's Dentistry
As parents you are likely to have many questions regarding your child’s health. We hope to answer a few of the key ones below, but if you have other questions, please feel free to give us a call and make an appointment with our family dental office in Lewiston.
The American Dental Association recommends that children go to the dentist as soon as their first teeth begin to break through their gums or at 6 months old, depending on which happens first. At your child’s first dental appointment, a dentist can answer important questions, make sure your child’s teeth are coming in on schedule & are healthy, and provide additional information on oral care for infants.
You may have heard that dental x-rays use radiation, and the lead lined bib may make you a little worried about your child’s safety. However, it is important for parents to understand that the radiation used in dental x-rays is significantly less than medical x-rays used to look for broken bones. X-rays have been proven to be safe and effective ways for doctors and dentists to see what they can’t see normally. X-rays can help dentists make sure your child’s teeth are coming in healthy and help find early signs of tooth decay before they spread.
Just like with adults, children should see the dentist at least two times every year for check-ups. Gum disease and tooth decay are some of the most common health issues that children face. In fact, children are much more likely to develop cavities compared to their parents. Routine visits can catch dental problems quickly before they spread and cause significant damage. Plus, seeing a dentist can help your kids improve their oral care techniques.
Unfortunately, our teeth are not great at telling us when there is an issue. The surface of our teeth do not have nerves so it is common to not notice signs of a cavity until it has developed for a while. That being said, if your child has a tooth ache, notices sensitivity to cold/hot food, or complains about pain when eating, these could be signs of a dental issue. You should make a dental appointment as soon as possible.
A mouth guard can protect your son or daughter if they play any sports that risk dental injury. If your child plays lacrosse, football, soccer, or another aggressive sport they should consider using a mouth guard to protect their teeth.
Grinding your teeth or Bruxism can be caused by a variety of factors. Some people grind their teeth when angry or stressed. However, among children, teeth grinding is fairly common, and many kids grow out of it as they age. If you are worried about your child grinding their teeth, consider talking to your dentist about grind guards.
When and if your child gets braces could depend on a lot of factors. For some children, braces are necessary to fix severe alignment issues. For other kids they might not need braces other than for cosmetic solutions like closing a tooth gap. If your child has crooked or crowded teeth you should talk to your dentist for more information about
While children are expected to lose their baby teeth, knocking out a tooth may require a trip to the dentist. If your child experiences a dental emergency including chipped, broken, or knocked out teeth you should call an emergency dentist in your area and get them an appointment.
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