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Pediatric Dentistry Builds the Basis for Your Child's Brighter Smile

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Establishing a child's comfort with the dental experience as early as possible sets the foundations for a lifetime of strong, healthy smiles. Dr. Michael J. Bixby offers exceptional pediatric dentistry at his Red Bank, NJ, practice.

Introducing a child to the procedures and tools involved in dentistry in a safe and comfortable environment can ease the anxiety of future dental visits. Parents are encouraged to bring their children with them to their own appointments as early as the age of three.

By showing young patients how to enjoy their visit instead of dreading it, we strive to make dental care a positive experience. To learn more about how you can lay the groundwork for your child’s oral health, contact us today.

Early Visits Pave the Way to Lasting Oral Health

A person's oral health continually evolves during childhood and adolescence. Regular check-ups during this formative period are essential. Our dentists can keep an eye on your child’s development, from his or her initial teething to the eruption of his or her permanent, adult teeth. We can determine when he or she will require fluoride to strengthen his or her teeth and whether dental sealants are needed to protect against tooth decay.

Younger patients are susceptible to a number of dental conditions unique to childhood. To combat these particular challenges, our office provides comprehensive prevention and care. Routine examinations of a child’s mouth, gums, and teeth are vital to catching and treating these conditions early on. Among the most common are:

  • Sore gums
  • Teeth grinding
  • Gingivitis and gum disease
  • Baby bottle tooth decay
  • Canker or cold sores

Dr. Bixby and his team are specially trained to identify and treat these common childhood dental conditions, in addition to making your child feel comfortable and at ease throughout the treatment process.

Teaching Good Oral Health

An early introduction to at-home care is important to establish good oral health habits as soon as possible. We show your children the basics of brushing and flossing and can help them break adverse long-term habits like sucking on thumbs or pacifiers. Parents are also taught tips on how to encourage a healthy routine at home. For example, foods such as yogurt, fruits, uncooked vegetables, and cheese are beneficial to your child's dental health.

A child’s dental care is a collaboration between the dentist, parent, and patient. While a dentist can guide and assist with problems, you and your child’s participation are integral to maintaining oral health.

A Focus on Children

Here at the Center for Advanced Dentistry, we work with parents to provide their children the best care possible. Dr. Bixby can help children feel at ease, even those who are not always patient, cooperative, or comfortable at the office, including infants, children, teens, and children with special needs. If at any time a patient becomes nervous or uncomfortable during an examination, we will stop immediately. Your child’s comfort is our main concern.

Reach Out to Our Dental Team Today

Dr. Bixby and his team love to help children enjoy their dental treatments. Good dental care offers too many benefits to fall by the wayside. Contact us today to learn how you can start laying the groundwork for your child’s healthy, long-lasting smile.

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