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Pediatric Dentistry in Humble, Texas

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Pediatric Dentistry in Humble, Texas

Whatever the reason, tooth extraction is more often than not a very routine procedure. The situation depends mostly on where the tooth in need of extraction is in the mouth. Because each tooth’s root system is different, the extraction can vary from tooth to tooth. For example, a front tooth with a single root is easier to remove than a molar with multiple roots. For instance, if a wisdom tooth has become impacted and needs extraction, the roots lie beneath the surface and are surrounded by gum tissue and bone. Often, a wisdom tooth can’t from fully erupting (growing in) because other teeth block its path.

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For one thing, primary teeth serve as guides for the eruption of permanent (adult) teeth, holding the space into which these new teeth will erupt. The crowns (tops) of the permanent teeth actually push against the roots of the baby teeth, causing them to resorb, or melt away. In this way, the adult teeth can take their proper place.

What’s more, your child’s primary teeth will be there for most of childhood, helping your child to bite, chew and speak. For the first six or so years, he or she will be relying on primary teeth exclusively to perform these important functions. Until around age 12, your child will have a mix of primary and permanent teeth. You will want to make sure those teeth stay healthy and are lost naturally — when it’s time.

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Your Child’s First Teeth

Your child’s 20 baby teeth will begin to appear usually between six and nine months, though in some cases it may start as early as three months or as late as twelve months. The two lower front teeth tend to erupt first, followed by the two upper ones. The first molars come in next, followed by the canines (eye teeth). Sometimes your baby can experience teething discomfort during this process. If so, there are courses of action to help make your child more comfortable.

Gently wipe off your infant’s gums and newly emerging teeth after each feeding. You can accomplish this by using damp gauze pads or a washcloth. Starting at age 2, when there are more teeth in the mouth, establish a daily brushing routine with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and no more than a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste. Help your child with daily tooth brushing until they are about six years old.

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Children's Dentistry

Children's Dentistry

Your little one's smile is in good hands! Our practice welcomes children and teens and we are proud to help families across our community.

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Invisalign

We offer comfortable, discreet, and convenient Invisalign treatment to give our patients straighter teeth and beautiful smiles!

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Root Canal Treatment

Are you suffering from a toothache? You can trust Atascocita Family Smiles. We provide relief with gentle root canals treatment.

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Pediatric Dentistry

Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child see a dentist by his/her first birthday. Though this may sound early, learning proper pediatric oral hygiene techniques, checking for cavities, and watching for developmental problems is extremely important.

There are a number of forms of tooth decay that can affect babies and small children. Early Childhood Caries (tooth decay) can develop rapidly, progressing from the hard, outer enamel layer of a tooth into the softer, inner dentin in six months or less.

Most of all, it’s important for your child to have a positive experience at the dental office as he/she will be a regular visitor for years to come.

We offer a variety of pediatric dental treatments to prevent tooth decay in children and to save or repair teeth as needed. They include:

Orthodontic Concerns

By around age 7, most malocclusions have become evident. Interceptive orthodontic treatment around this time can help direct proper tooth positioning and/or jaw growth, eliminating or simplifying the need for later treatment. There are many orthodontic problems that can be detected early and are examples of why a trained professional should evaluate your child during his/her growth and development.

Your child’s primary teeth last throughout childhood, helping them to bite, chew and speak. For the first six or so years, he or she will be relying on primary teeth exclusively to perform these important functions. Until around age 12, your child will have a mix of primary and permanent teeth. Make sure their teeth remain healthy and intact, experiencing teeth loss only when it’s time.

Sports & Your Child’s Teeth

If your child is active in sports, we custom-make mouthguards as a safeguard. According to the American Dental Association, an athlete without a mouthguard is 60 times more likely to suffer dental harm. We custom make mouthguards specifically for your child using a model of his or her teeth. This will offer greater protection than an off-the-shelf model. It’s an investment that pays off highly in the form of reduced pain, suffering — and dental expenses down the road!

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