Children’s Dentistry – Pewaukee, WI
Lifelong Healthy Smiles Start Here!
From the appearance of your child’s first tooth, you should be making sure that they see a dentist regularly. Your little one’s dental needs will change as they grow up, and Dr. Gina Ostrand can help them every step of the way with children's dentistry in Pewaukee, WI, so when they reach adulthood, they’ll have a brilliant, healthy smile that will last them for many, many more years to come. Call us today to schedule your child’s first appointment or if they haven’t seen a dentist in the last 6 months.
Why Choose Ostrand Family Dentistry
for Children’s Dentistry?
- We Love Seeing Kids of All Ages!
- High-Tech Dental Office
- The Time and Attention Your Child Deserves
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings for Kids
Each checkup is a chance for us to gain a full understanding of your child’s current dental needs; we’ll combine X-rays with a visual examination to check for cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. Finding such issues early can help your little one avoid pain and possible tooth loss later. And of course, we’ll take the time to remove bacteria and food particles that have built up on their teeth so they can walk out of our dental office with a refreshed grin!
Kids need time to learn how to brush properly, and they might have trouble cleaning their molars, which are the teeth located furthest back in the mouth. That’s why around the ages of 6 and 12 (the ages when the first and second molars normally erupt), Dr. Ostrand will likely recommend placing a thin plastic coating known as a dental sealant on these at-risk teeth, protecting them for many years while your child develops their oral hygiene skills.
Fluoride plays an extremely important role in the development of teeth in children under the age of 6. The mineral will become part of their permanent teeth, strengthening them and making them more resistant to acids. It continues to help protect the enamel against decay well into their adult years. Your child should be getting plenty of fluoride at home, but to make sure their needs are well met, we can topically apply it to their teeth during a brief in-office treatment.
In addition to the discomfort they cause, cavities can eventually grow to threaten your child’s tooth. Luckily, as long as the problem is addressed quickly, we should be able to repair the damage with a filling. You might be worried that a metal filling might attract unwanted attention and hurtful words from other kids at school, but don’t worry; the tooth-colored fillings that we offer here are made out of a composite resin that blends in with your child’s smile. Most people will only see a normal, beautiful tooth.
Children’s Dentistry FAQs
When it comes to your child’s oral health and dental care, you want nothing but the best for them. As a result, you’re sure to have plenty of questions. Dr. Gina Ostrand, your children’s dentist in Pewaukee, understands your concerns. She takes the time to explain your child’s treatment plan and addresses any concerns during their visits. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions she’s asked to help easy any apprehensions.
When should my child see a dentist for the first time?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child visits the dentist for the first time after their first tooth emerges or before their first birthday. In addition, they should have a cleaning and checkup every 6 months. Although this might seem young, the sooner your child begins seeing their dentist the better. It allows them to develop a trusted relationship with Dr. Ostrand to promote stress-free visits as they age. It also teaches them the importance of oral health throughout life to commit to their smile. Dr. Ostrand will also monitor their dental health and development to ensure they have the healthy smile they need to thrive.
If the baby teeth eventually fall out, why do they need special care?
Although the primary teeth are only in place for a few short years, they serve an important purpose. They allow your child to learn how to chew and speak to develop the proper oral functions they will need throughout life. In addition, they act as placeholders for the adult teeth. If a tooth is compromised or lost too soon, it can lead to complications down the road, such as alignment issues.
What can I do to keep my child’s smile healthy?
Semi-annual dental services are only a portion of the care your child needs to keep their smile healthy. It’s best to incorporate an oral hygiene routine into their day from a young age, even before their first tooth erupts. You can use a soft cloth to wipe their gums twice a day. After their first tooth comes in, it’s time to start brushing twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to promote a balanced diet that’s limited in sugars and starches to lessen the risk of tooth decay.
Besides caring for their smile at home, your child can also benefit from dental sealants and fluoride treatments to help keep their enamel strong and healthy. Dr. Ostrand will help safeguard their smile from cavity-causing bacteria.
What if my child has a cavity?
Although tooth decay is preventable, cavities are the most chronic condition for children in America. If your child has a cavity, their dentist in Pewaukee can treat it with a dental filling. Our office offers tooth-colored fillings. They are metal-free, so there’s no risk of mercury exposure. In addition, they will blend in with your child’s tooth, so they can feel confident when they smile. Dr. Ostrand will work with you to create a plan to prevent new cavities from developing.