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Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Park Family Dentistry

General Family Dentist located in Stone Mountain, GA

Having a positive experience at the dentist during childhood sets the stage for a lifetime of good oral health and hygiene. However, finding an experienced professional who’s skilled in working with toddlers through teenagers can be a challenge. Fortunately for those living in Stone Mountain, Georgia, there’s Chin Park, DMD, at Park Family Dentistry. Call the office or book your pediatric consultation online today.

Pediatric Dentistry

When should my child first see a dentist?

Children should see a dentist when their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. For most children, the primary teeth to breakthrough are on the lower bottom gums, and this typically occurs about the age of six months. Following their initial visit, children, like adults, should have routine dental exams twice a year.

Why do I need to take my child to the dentist for their baby teeth?

While children inevitably lose their baby teeth, proper dental hygiene is still crucial, as the health of baby teeth impacts the health of your child’s gums, as well as the permanent teeth underneath. Dr. Park stresses the importance of keeping baby teeth in place until they are lost naturally as baby teeth teach children to chew properly, aid in speech development, and establish the space for their permanent teeth to grow in. The earlier children learn how to care for their teeth properly, the more likely they are to form long-term, positive habits. 

What type of pediatric services does Park Family Dentistry offer?

Dr. Park offers the full scope of pediatric dental services for toddlers through teens. In addition to thorough cleanings, periodic X-rays and teaching your children how to care for their teeth at home, Dr. Park offers:

  • Fluoride treatments 
  • Sealants 
  • Fillings and crowns
  • Braces

What home-care tips does Park Family Dentistry offer to help maintain my child’s oral health?

Dr. Park recommends:

  • Brushing twice a day. Make it a game of brushing, or brush along with your child. Set a timer and make sure that your child brushes for two minutes.
  • Floss daily. Parents need to floss young children’s teeth, but eventually, they should learn to do it themselves.
  • Thumb-sucking and pacifiers. It’s perfectly fine for babies to suck. But by the time your toddler’s front teeth erupt, sucking should be stopped, as it can cause alignment issues.
  • A balanced diet. A balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein are essential for the proper growth of bones, gums, and teeth. Also, be sure to limit sugars and starches, which can cause tooth decay.

To schedule a dental check-up for your child, call the office or book an appointment online today.