Children’s Dentistry – Carrollton, TX
Giving Growing Carrollton Smiles What They Need
Parents often feel they should take their kids to a pediatric dental specialist for their first visits, but unless kids have significant dental development concerns, this isn’t necessary. At On Point Dentistry, Dr. Marco Caballeros and his Carrollton dental team offer children the oral healthcare they need for a lifetime of healthy smiles. We start with a foundation of regular dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings paired with education about best dental offices in at-home oral hygiene and provide additional assistance with oral health concerns specific to developing smiles. Best of all, there’s no need for parents to schedule multiple appointments with more than one dental office. Simply ask our team about scheduling appointments for the whole family in our convenient DFW Metroplex dental office.
Why Choose On Point Dentistry for Children’s Dentistry?
- Ready to Serve Children of All Ages
- Early Morning Appointments Available
- Kid-Friendly Dental Office Filled with Games & Toys
Specialty Dental Services for Kids
We’re dedicated to helping kids achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles from their very first visit. We know that our patients’ smiles are all unique, and like any adult patient, we offer children a personalized treatment plan. These treatment plans may include any of the following specialty services:
A dental sealant is a thin shield of plastic coating placed over the areas of the teeth that are at the highest risk for decay (typically the biting surfaces of the molars). This serves to prevent plaque and bacteria from settling on the enamel and causing cavities. Sealants only take a few minutes to apply, and the procedure can be completed at your child’s regular checkup. Once in place, they can be trusted to last for about 10 years.
Athletic Mouthguards /Sportsguards
If you’re an athlete but you’re not wearing a custom-made sportsguard when you play, you’ re missing an essential piece of equipment. At On Point Dentistry, we’re happy to provide active patients like you with a custom-made sportsguard. Wearing a sportsguard while you play will not only protect your teeth and tongue but can minimize the severity of concussions and, in some cases, even lead to improved performance. Talk to us if you have questions about the importance of wearing a sportsguard.
Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatment
You’re probably familiar with fluoride, but what is silver diamine fluoride? This compound enables us to treat children with active cavities to stop the harmful bacteria while also strengthening the weakened enamel. Applied to the teeth as a liquid, the SDF quickly works its “magic” to halt decay and protect the surrounding teeth. It’s a fast and easy treatment that doesn’t involve drills or needles, so our littlest patients certainly appreciate it! It can also be used to help children dealing with excessive dental sensitivity.
When children begin to develop their permanent teeth, our team will examine their dental structure and make recommendations for necessary orthodontic treatment. We recommend that every child should have an orthodontic evaluation around the age of seven. This way, any issues can be detected early and treated right away. This approach can reduce and even completely prevent alignment issues in the teeth and jaws to drastically shorten the amount of time a child may need to spend in braces later on.
Special Needs Dentistry
The team at On Point Dentistry is happy to welcome absolutely every child into our patient family, and this includes those with mental, physical, sensory, and behavioral special needs. Our team has years of experience with serving special children, so we know how to keep them comfortable to ensure a relaxing visit. We’re also able to offer safe and soothing sedation dentistry to calm any lingering nerves. Just give us a call and tell us about your child ahead of their visit so we can make any necessary accommodations to ensure you both enjoy your time with us.
Caring for Your Child’s Smile with a Family-Friendly Dental Office
Children who show no signs of concern with dental development may benefit from starting treatment at a family-friendly dental office rather than a pediatric dentist. At On Point Dentistry, Dr. Caballeros and his Carrollton dental team offer our young patients dental care that grows with their smiles. We establish a solid foundation for your child’s lifetime of smiles by offering consistent, comfortable care from the very first appointment. There’s no need for kids to adjust to a new dental office, dentist, or team once they reach their teens, reducing the likeliness that kids will experience dental anxiety.
Our dental office is proudly family-friendly, making your child feel at ease and offering convenient hours for kids’ appointments. As kids grow and their smile changes, we offer the state-of-the-art techniques and technologies they need for optimal oral health at any age.
Schedule a Visit with Your Children’s Dentist in Carrollton
If it’s time for your child’s first dental visit, contact On Point Dentistry today. Our Carrollton, TX dentist and team welcome patients of all ages from the DFW Metroplex and beyond. Bring the whole family to our dental office for outstanding, personalized dental services and build a solid foundation for your child’s lifetime of beautiful, natural smiles!
Frequently Asked Questions – Children’s Dentistry
It’s no secret that parenting doesn’t exactly come with an instruction manual. So, it’s only natural to have a few questions about how to ensure that your child’s smile grows up to be strong and healthy. For your convenience, a children’s dentist has answered some of the questions that parents ask us the most often about their kids’ oral health. Our team members will also gladly answer any of your questions when you call us or during your little one’s appointment!
Are My Child’s Baby Teeth Important to Their Overall Health?
Absolutely! While it might seem pointless to take care of your child’s baby teeth since they’re just going to fall out later, these teeth are vital to their health. They help you son or daughter chew, talk, and smile. They also hold space in the jaw for their adult teeth that are still developing.
Because of this, caring for your child’s baby teeth is essential. If a baby tooth is lost prematurely, whether that be due to injury or decay, the surrounding teeth will likely shift to try and fill in the gap. This may result in the adult tooth growing in at an odd angle or even not erupting at all, resulting in the need for orthodontic treatment and other major procedures.
When Should I First Take My Child to See a Dentist?
Most children should first visit a kids’ dentist by their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts – whichever comes first. This appointment should be brief and relaxed. Your little one can even sit on your lap the whole time! One of our dentists will examine your child’s mouth to make sure there are no issues and that everything is developing properly. We can also teach you how to care for their smile in between appointments.
Does My Child Need X-Rays?
We generally take X-rays of your little one’s mouth during most appointments. It is often the only way to diagnose problems that can’t be seen by the naked eye, like cavities between the teeth or issues with the developing adult teeth. We can even detect the warning signs of orthodontic problems and administer early intervention.
Rest assured that the X-rays we use are perfectly safe. Compared to traditional X-rays, our digital X-rays provide clearer images much faster, allowing us to diagnose any issues more quickly and effectively. Plus, radiation exposure is minimized, making our X-rays safe for budding smiles.
Should I Be Worried If My Child Sucks Their Thumb?
Thumb-sucking is a natural reflex that can bring children comfort. Most kids grow out of this habit by age four. If, however, your son or daughter stills sucks their thumb when they’re six years old, it may impact their permanent teeth which are just starting to come in. The additional pressure caused by thumb-sucking can result in crooked permanent teeth, overbite, and other orthodontic problems. As you bring your child in for their routine checkups, we’ll keep an eye on their oral health development. If thumb-sucking poses an issue, we can provide guidance on helping your little one break this habit.