Parents who are in search of a top-notch pediatric dentist in South Florida are sure to be impressed with Dr. Andy Gaertner of Bliss Dental. Dr. Gaertner has years of experience helping infants, toddlers, elementary school children, and teens achieve optimal oral health. Parents who bring their children to Dr. Gaertner’s office can expect a friendly, warm environment and a variety of high-quality dental services. Let’s take a closer look at pediatric dentistry at Bliss Dental.
Why Visit a Pediatric Dentist
There are many advantages to taking children to a pediatric dentist like Dr. Gaertner. First and foremost, unlike general dentists, pediatric dentists have been specifically trained to treat the developing teeth of children.
Dr. Gaertner understands the unique problems children face as well as the complexities of how their teeth grow and develop. He also knows exactly what it takes to help children feel comfortable and relaxed in the dentist’s chair.
Pediatric dentist like Dr. Gaertner also focus on preventative care. They spend their time helping children of all ages develop healthy habits such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Since it’s easier to prevent a dental problem than resolve it, preventative care is highly stressed at Bliss Dental.
In addition, our South Florida office is kid friendly and features toys and books designed to make trips to the dentist fun for children. Our staff has put a great deal of time and energy into creating an enjoyable environment for little and big kids.
Pediatric Dentistry and Special Needs Children
While Dr. Gaertner specializes in caring for children of all ages, he also has experience with special needs children. Although pediatric dentistry is important for all children, it is particularly beneficial to those with special needs.
Parents of children with Down’s syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and other developmental or congenital disorders will find that Dr. Gaertner knows how to work with physical and mental limitations and provides their children with the highest quality of care.
Since children with special needs often have a challenging time acclimating to the dentist initially, visiting a pediatric dentist like Dr. Gaertner can enable parents to create an oral hygiene program that caters to their children’s particular physical, mental, and emotional needs.
Types of Pediatric Dental Services
Here at Bliss Dental, we offer a wide range of pediatric dental services. Parents who bring their children to our office often refer to us as a “one stop shop” because we truly do it all. Here’s a brief overview of the pediatric dental services available:
Excellent oral hygiene begins with routine cleanings. During appointments, Dr. Gaertner shows children how to brush and floss their teeth so they can develop an effective oral hygiene routine that can be carried on to adulthood. Dr. Gaertner makes routine cleanings educational by explaining what he is going to do in kid-friendly language. Dental cleanings for children are recommended every six months.
Oral Health Exams
When children visit our South Florida office for dental cleanings, we will almost always perform oral health exams. During oral health exams, our team closely checks the teeth, jaw, and gums. They look for any abnormalities that may be problematic as a child grows. In the event an abnormality is detected, our team will explain our findings to the child and parent and come up with an appropriate treatment plan.
Digital x-rays can help Dr. Gaertner and the rest of our team identify issues with a child’s tooth and design an appropriate treatment plan. There are no chemicals involved with digital x-rays and parents don’t have to worry about them emitting excessive amounts of radiation.
Infant Oral Care
A lifetime of good oral health begins during the first stages of a child’s life, even before their first teeth appear. We believe that patients who are well educated in children’s oral health can better ensure their child’s oral care needs are met. Dr. Gaertner suggests bringing a child to our office no later than their first birthday so that he can develop a relationship with parents and provide them with all the advice and resources they need to care for their child’s teeth, gums, and jaw.
Fluoride contains fluorine, which is a natural element found in drinking water. Fluoride treatments can reduce the risk of tooth decay in children. That’s why, they are often recommended in our office.
We are offer tooth colored fillings so that children can enjoy a more natural appearance. A filling procedure involves removing the decayed portion of a child’s tooth and filling it in to protect it from further complications. Since we believe the best fillings are no fillings, we educate children on how they can prevent them down the road.
Contrary to popular belief, dental crowns are not only for adults. We may perform a dental crown if a child’s tooth is damaged to the point that a filling is no longer an option. Generally, crowns for children are completed in one visit and last until they are replaced by permanent teeth.
Although Dr. Gaertner strives to prevent the need for root canals in children as much as possible, they are sometimes necessary to repair and preserve an infected and damaged tooth. A root canal involves removing the nerve and pulp and sterilizing and cleaning the inside of the tooth prior to sealing. Root canals can reduce the risk of terrible infections and abscesses.
Nitrous Oxide Dentistry
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild, sweet sedative that we like to use reduce anxiety and gag reflexes in children. Parents who are worried their child will not be able to handle trips to the dentist because of anxious feelings, bad gag reflexes, or behavioral or developmental problems should know that nitrous oxide can make dentistry tolerable for their child.
Emergency Dental Care
Parents know that childhood is unpredictable. At any moment, their child can suffer from a toothache, partially dislodged tooth, knocked out tooth, or another type of dental emergency. Bliss Dental offers emergency pediatric care and can give parents the peace of mind they deserve in knowing they have a go-to dental resource they can turn to at any moment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dentistry
When should I take my child for their first dental checkup?
We suggest bringing your child to the dentist by their first birthday. Early appointments at our office can educate you how to properly care for your child’s teeth while instilling good oral habits that last a lifetime.
How often does my child need dental care?
In most cases, children should visit our office every six months for a routine exam and cleaning. However, if your child has a special condition or circumstances, they may need to see us more often.
What is the ideal toothbrush for children?
Dr. Gaertner recommends toothbrushes with small heads and soft bristles. Before purchasing a toothbrush for your child, check the age ratings included on the packaging. If possible, invest in a colorful toothbrush or one with a fun design to get your child excited about brushing daily.
When is the ideal age for children to floss?
The purpose of flossing is to remove food particles and plaque that get stuck between teeth. We suggest introducing flossing into your child’s life when they turn four years old. Most children are able to floss on their own around age eight.
Does diet affect my child’s health?
Absolutely! Many children’s snacks are loaded with sugars and starches that lead to tooth decay in children. By establishing a healthy, balanced diet, you can keep your child’s teeth strong and reduce their risk of dental complications down the road.
How do I treat my child’s toothache?
As a parent, it can be difficult to watch your child struggle with a toothache. If your child faces a toothache, use warm salt water to rinse the area causing pain. Apply a cold compress to relieve any swelling and refrain from placing heat or aspirin directly onto your child’s sore teeth or gums. If their toothache seems especially serious, call our office to schedule an emergency appointment.
When should pacifier use be stopped?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should begin limiting or stop pacifier use once your child turns 6 months old. Any use after the 6 month mark is correlated to a raised risk of ear infections.
When should my child stop sucking their thumb?
Unless thumb suckign continues once your child’s permanent teeth begin to appear, it does not usually cause a problem. Most children stop sucking their thumbs on their own. However, if your child continues to suck their thumb as their permanent teeth appear, Dr. Gaertner may suggest a mouth guard or another dental device.
Are dental x-rays safe for children?
Yes. Dental x-rays only use a small amount of radiation. Our team is dedicated to using high speed film to ensure the safety of the children we care for.
Is there anything I can do to help my child prevent tooth decay?
In addition to helping your child clean their teeth and gums, you can ensure they receive plenty of fluoride through water, fluoride toothpaste, or professional fluoride treatments in our office. You can also discourage them from going to bed with a bottle as doing so may lead to baby bottle decay.
What can I expect at my child’s first dentist visit?
A child’s first dental visit is typically short and simple. Dr. Gaertner will use this time to get to know your child and provide you with some basic advice on dental care. He may check your child’s teeth for placement and search for any potential issues with their gum and jaw. If possible, he may perform a bit of cleaning. Dr. Gaertner will also answer any questions you may have and provide you with some useful reading materials you can refer to at home.
When should a child stop visiting a pediatric dentist?
Most children move on to a general dentist when they turn 18. However, some children continue to receive pediatric dentistry services until they graduate from college at around age 22 or 23.
Why Choose Bliss Dental
Dr. Gaertner has the training and experience necessary to treat children and teens. He is committed to creating a fun and inviting environment that is specifically designed for young people.
He will take the time to get to know each and every child that steps foot into his office and provide them with the education and treatments necessary to achieve a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Once you visit Dr. Gaertner with your child, you’ll realize Bliss Dental is the perfect dental home for them.
Schedule a Dentist Appointment for Your Child Today
To learn more about what makes Bliss Dental the ideal pediatric dental office in South Florida, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule an appointment. Call us at (305) 274-6500 or fill out our handy online contact form. We look forward to providing your child with high-quality dental care in a warm and exciting environment.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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