Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry in Denver, CO

Dentistry Designed Around Your Child

As a parent, you want a dental team that cares about your child’s needs, makes them feel comfortable and relaxed, and has the expertise to ensure their oral health thrives. At our pediatric dental practice, your child is our top priority. Dr. Michael Hoagburg understands every child is different, with varying temperaments, anxieties, and dental health requirements. 

Our goal is to make every dental visit pleasant for your child while educating them on proper oral hygiene and instilling healthy habits that set a strong foundation for a lifetime of great dental health. Call our Denver office at 303-333-5148 to set up your child’s first dental appointment!

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What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry focuses on the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents. Children’s teeth are susceptible to cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues like adult teeth. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. 

Starting regular dental visits early allows Dr. Hoagburg to closely monitor the development of children’s teeth and treat minor issues before they become major problems. With a focus on education and prevention, the goal is to instill healthy habits that will benefit kids throughout their lives.

When to Start Visiting the Dentist

The American Dental Association recommends bringing children in for their first dental visit by age one. At this introductory appointment, Dr. Hoagburg performs an exam to make sure the teeth and gums are developing properly. For very young patients, these initial visits focus on evaluating growth, preventing problems, and getting kids comfortable with the dentist.

After the first visit, the ADA advises routine checkups according to the following timeline:

Age 1: First dental visit

Ages 2-18: Checkup every 6 months

Following this routine ensures Dr. Hoagburg detects any issues early and can monitor and treat them.

Common Pediatric Dental Procedures

The most common treatments Dr. Hoagburg performs on young patients in Denver, CO, include:

  • Exams and cleanings: Regular exams allow Dr. Hoagburg to check for early signs of decay. Cleanings remove harmful plaque that can cause cavities and gum inflammation.
  • Fluoride treatments: Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, so fluoride treatments every 6 months help prevent cavities.
  • Fillings: When decay occurs, Dr. Hoagburg will remove it carefully and place a filling to restore the tooth.
  • Sealants: Thin plastic coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of molars to prevent decay.
  • Extractions: Removing damaged teeth that cannot be repaired.
  • Space maintainers: Devices placed to hold space for permanent teeth coming in after a premature loss of primary teeth.

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Pediatric Dental Tips

Dr. Hoagburg provides these tips to keep kid’s teeth in Denver healthy:

  • Help children brush properly twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily as soon as teeth contact each other.
  • Limit sugary snacks and drinks which lead to cavities. Offer nutritious foods and milk or water instead.
  • Discuss orthodontics like braces if needed to correct bite issues that could impair oral health.
  • Visit Dr. Hoagburg every six months for cleanings and exams to catch problems early.

Frequently Asked Questions

My child has anxiety about going to the dentist. What can help?

We understand some children feel nervous or anxious about visiting the dentist. The dentist takes extra time to help anxious kids feel comfortable. They’ll explain what they’re doing in a gentle, kid-friendly way. Parents are encouraged to stay with their children during appointments to provide reassurance. There are many techniques the dentist uses to ease a child’s fears and make their dental visit as stress-free as possible.

What treatments are available if my child has a cavity?

If the dentist detects a cavity in your child’s tooth, he will discuss recommended treatment options. For small cavities limited to the outer enamel layer, a simple filling is often sufficient to restore the tooth structure. More extensive decay into the dentin layer may require a stainless steel crown to cover the entire tooth. 
For cavities that extend deep into the tooth pulp, a pulpotomy or root canal procedure may be needed to remove infected tissue and save the tooth. The dentist will explain the best treatment for your child’s particular cavity based on its size and location.

My child plays contact sports. Are mouthguards required?

The dentist strongly advises custom-fitted mouthguards for children involved in contact sports like football, soccer, basketball, wrestling, hockey, lacrosse, and others. These mouthguards mold precisely to your child’s teeth to provide maximum protection against dental injuries. Store-bought mouthguards often need to fit properly. 

Custom guards prevent the risk of knocked out, displaced, fractured, and damaged teeth that can occur during youth sports collisions. For your child’s safety and dental health, invest in a high-quality custom mouthguard.

Is fluoride toothpaste safe for infants?

For children under three years, the dentist recommends using just a tiny smear or grain of rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Children tend to swallow toothpaste, and ingesting too much fluoride under age six can lead to mild discoloration of their permanent teeth. 

Once they reach age three, a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste is appropriate. Proper use of fluoride toothpaste strengthens enamel and prevents cavities while minimizing any risks.

Bright Smiles Start Here

Your child’s radiant smile and healthy teeth mean so much – safeguard them with great pediatric dentistry. Childhood sets the stage for a lifetime of dental health, so choose a dentist who makes your child’s needs a priority. A kid-friendly environment where your child feels relaxed and understood. 

Our dental team takes the time to care for your child gently and thoughtfully. That’s the standard of pediatric dentistry we offer your child. Don’t wait to schedule your child’s next appointment – call 303-333-5148 today. Our compassionate staff look forward to meeting you and your child.

More questions?

If you have more questions about pediatric dentistry and the procedures used by Lowry Advanced Dentistry, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.