Children’s Dentistry – Jeffersonville, IN
Helping Little Smiles Grow Up
Happy & Healthy
Patients of all ages are welcome here at Limestone Dentistry, and that includes the youngest members of your family! Our team understands the importance of setting little smiles on the right path. After all, Dr. Eric Thornton is a parent himself! We’re happy to provide your child with the gentle, comfortable care they need to ensure their smile stays healthy as it grows. Contact us today to set up your little one’s next appointment for children's dentistry in Jeffersonville, IN!
Why Choose Limestone Dentistry for Children’s Dentistry?
- Accepts Most Dental Insurance
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings for Kids
We’d love to see your child come in for a routine visit every six months; not just so we can watch them grow, but also to ensure their smile remains bright and healthy every step of the way. Our team members have plenty of experience making dental appointments a positive experience for kids. After we examine their mouth and give their teeth a professional cleaning, we’ll show them the best ways to brush and floss at home so they can maintain a strong, healthy smile.
As beneficial as fluoride is for adults, it’s even more crucial for children since their teeth are still developing. Fluoride fortifies the tooth enamel, greatly reducing the risk of your son or daughter getting cavities. While fluoride can typically be found in your tap water and toothpaste, we can quickly paint a concentrated fluoride gel onto your child’s teeth at the end of their cleaning to give them a boost of protection until their next visit.
We do our utmost to help your son or daughter avoid tooth decay, but if they end up developing a cavity, we can seamlessly repair their smile with a tooth-colored filling. Instead of placing a chunk of dark metal in their tooth, we sculpt a putty-like resin that has been specifically shaded to blend in with their natural enamel. When we’re finished, it will look and feel as if your child had never had a cavity at all!
Special Needs Dentistry
All kids deserve access to high-quality dental care, including those who may struggle with their oral health because of mental or physical special needs. Our team members will gladly make the appropriate accommodations to ensure your child’s appointments are smooth, comfortable, and productive. Just be sure to call us ahead of time and let us know about your little one’s special smile. We’ll take it from there!
Children’s Dentistry FAQs
It’s only natural to have some questions and uncertainties about how to best care for your little one’s growing smile. Fortunately, our team here at Limestone Dentistry is here to help set your child up for years of great oral health! We’ve gathered a few of the most common questions we get about children’s dentistry below for your convenience. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or schedule an appointment! We will be more than happy to provide the information you’re looking for.
When Should My Child Have Their First Dental Appointment?
Many parents wait to bring their children in for their first dental checkup until they have several teeth, or until a painful or chipped tooth strikes. However, experts recommend bringing your child in to meet the dentist before their first birthday! This may seem quite early and somewhat unnecessary, but it can make all the difference in your child’s long-term oral health. It gives us the opportunity to spot and stop any issues before they become larger problems, and it will help your little one associate good memories with dental visits.
How Often Do Kids Need to Go to the Dentist?
Just like adults, children should typically get two dental checkups and cleanings a year. We’ll also take X-rays to monitor the development of your child’s teeth and jaw below the gums. Additionally, we will share with you any tips on how to best care for your little one’s smile at home. If there’s evidence of gum disease, cavities, or any other persistent oral health issues, we may recommend that they come in a little more often until their smile is back on track.
At What Age Do Children’s Teeth Come In?
Baby teeth typically erupt in a certain order:
- The upper and lower front teeth generally come in around 6-12 months old.
- Next are the upper and lower lateral incisors, often around 9-16 months old.
- The upper and lower canines usually come in around 16-23 months old.
- Meanwhile, the first molars typically begin to appear around 13-19 months old.
- Lastly, the second molars usually come in around 25-33 months old.
While you can generally expect your baby’s teeth to erupt in accordance with this timetable, it’s important to keep in mind that every child is different! During your little one’s regular checkups, we’ll make sure that their teeth are developing correctly.
What’s the Most Common Dental Issue in Children?
Did you know that the most common dental issue in kids is also classified as the number one most common chronic illness in children by the CDC? This widespread culprit is none other than tooth decay. Baby teeth are extremely vulnerable to cavities, both by virtue of their thin enamel and the lack of proper motor skills to brush well, and also due to the sugary nature of children’s foods and drinks. While common, tooth decay is not necessarily inevitable! With options like fluoride treatments and dental sealants, we can help keep your little one’s smile healthy and cavity-free!