At Growing Smiles, we provide gentle, comprehensive care for children of all ages: toddlers, teens, and every age in between! Children have different needs for treatment and communication than adults do, so we use kid-friendly terms, work at a slower pace, and allow plenty of time for your little ones to ask questions. We know that their experiences at our Voorhees dental office will shape the way they view dental visits for many years to come, and we take that responsibility seriously.
We’ve also added some kid-friendly amenities to keep our younger patients comfortable and entertained:
- Video Games, Toys, & Books
- Cartoons Above the Dental Chair
- Cozy Blankets & Pillows
- Treasure Chest & Balloons
- Cavity-Free Club with Prizes
First Visit by First Birthday
If you’re not sure when to bring your child in for his or her first checkup, it might be sooner than you think! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a dentist by their first birthday. Great oral health starts with the first tooth.
Kid-Focused Dental Care
As our practice name shows, we love to watch our patients’ smiles grow. Whether we’re teaching a toddler how to brush her baby teeth or fitting a little leaguer for his first athletic mouthguard, we genuinely enjoy working with children and helping them enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. We encourage kids to get interested and involved during their visits too, because we truly believe that long-term oral health is a team effort.
Routine Dental Cleanings & Exams
Believe it or not, many children already have cavities by the time they start kindergarten. Cavities in the baby teeth might not seem important, but it can be years before baby teeth start to fall out. During that crucial period of development, untreated cavities can wreak havoc on your child’s oral health. It can also cause severe toothaches and require extensive restorative work (like root canals) during childhood, which we think is far too early!
Routine dental cleanings are the best way to prevent cavities. We understand that kids can feel uneasy about going to the dentist, so you’re welcome to accompany your child into the treatment area while he or she gets acquainted with our office.
Protective Dental Sealants
Dental sealants fill in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, an area where food particles commonly get caught and cause cavities. We can apply sealants quickly with no shots or drilling, effectively protecting your child’s teeth for years.
Plaque wears away at tooth enamel in a process called demineralization. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that promotes the remineralization of enamel, which works to strengthen teeth and protect them from decay. Our dentists provide a safe fluoride rinse after each cleaning to really boost the cavity-fighting benefits.
Although they’re not permanent, it’s important for baby teeth to be as strong and healthy as possible while your child has them. After all, some don’t fall out until kids are 12 years old—why risk it when a natural-looking filling can protect your child’s tooth for years?
When we fill cavities in our Voorhees dental practice, we use metal-free ceramic materials that blend in seamlessly with the rest of the tooth. We also avoid using shots or drills whenever possible in order to make the experience less stressful for our younger patients.
Pediatric (Baby Teeth) Crowns
Pediatric crowns are used to cover teeth that are too small or too damaged for fillings. We place both white and stainless steel (silver) crowns, depending on where the damaged tooth is located.
Custom Athletic Mouthguards
Children and teens who participate in contact sports and high-impact recreational activities are at an increased risk of dental injury. Athletic mouthguards protect your child’s teeth and soft tissues, and they can even help prevent more serious head trauma like concussions.
Many children can benefit from sedation dentistry, whether they’re very anxious, have special needs, or are unable to cooperate with our team. Our dentists are certified to provide nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation, and we strictly follow the guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Schedule a convenient appointment today!