Napanee Smiles Family Dentistry - Napanee

Pediatric Treatment & Education in Napanee

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The Impact of Pediatric Dentistry

Our aim is to lay a strong foundation with pediatric dental care that’s welcoming for children, fostering a healthy rapport between our dental team and our young clients. This approach encourages children to play an active role in their oral hygiene, promoting a sense of responsibility and excitement about caring for their teeth. Establishing these positive habits early on prepares them for a lifetime of dental visits that they’ll be enthusiastic about.

From their very first check-up, pediatric dental care provides gentle routine cleanings and support at every developmental stage. We take joy in guiding our young patients as they experience the natural progression of their dental health – from the emergence of their first teeth and the loss of baby teeth to the growth of permanent teeth and considerations for orthodontic treatments in their teenage years. We’re here to make every step, including those first fillings and decisions about braces, less daunting and more of a shared, positive journey.

The Importance of Dental Care for Children

Some individuals wonder why going to the dentist is important for kids, especially when baby teeth are going to fall out anyway. By the time kids are 3, they usually have all their baby teeth. These start to fall out around age 6, and by the time they’re teenagers, they mostly have their grown-up teeth, except for wisdom teeth. Taking care of teeth is important while kids are growing up because it affects their oral health later on.

Understanding Dental Discomfort for Children

Just like adults, children can experience dental problems such as cavities, sensitive teeth, infections, and gum issues. Often, it might be difficult for a child to realize that the discomfort they’re experiencing isn’t normal because they have nothing to compare it to, yet they’re feeling the pain all the same. If you notice your child avoiding hot or cold foods, skipping chewy treats, or chewing food on only one side of their mouth, it could be their way of dealing with tooth pain or sensitivity.

Baby Teeth Pave the Way for Adult Teeth

When a baby tooth becomes loose and eventually falls out, its root is absorbed back into the body, leaving a space that serves as a path for the incoming adult tooth. If a baby tooth is removed too early, it may lead to issues such as crowding or misalignment of the permanent teeth. Thus, ensuring that baby teeth, surrounding tissues and gums, remain strong and healthy is crucial for giving adult teeth the best possible head start.

A Foundation for Self-Esteem

Having a complete and healthy set of teeth is vital for children as they master speaking and smiling. From an early age, kids start to develop relationships and social abilities. Experiencing dental issues, pain, or sensitivity can affect their ability to communicate and may influence how they’re seen by friends.

Healthy Eating Habits for Growing Children

Although it can be a daunting task for parents dealing with picky eaters, ensuring children eat a diverse range of foods is crucial for their growth. Dental discomfort and pain can lead children to shy away from foods that are crunchy, chewy, or have a lot of texture. This could result in lifelong habits of chewing on one side, using an incorrect part of the mouth to eat, or showing little interest in eating altogether.

Your Child's First Dental Visit

At our practice, we prioritise the health, comfort, and satisfaction of our patients, regardless of age. In pediatric dentistry, we give extra attention to the unique experiences our littlest patients may encounter. We focus on key aspects of children’s dental health and communicate with them in a manner that’s both engaging and comforting.

Interactive Introduction

Children come with their unique temperaments—some are curious and full of questions, while others may be shy or anxious about new experiences. Our goal is to ensure every child feels secure and positive about their dental visits. We engage with them on their level, starting our visits by listening to their thoughts and addressing any concerns. We explain the steps of the appointment in a way that’s understandable to them, ensuring they feel informed and at ease.

Careful Check-up

We pay careful attention to specific dental health indicators for children, conducting a thorough yet gentle examination of your child’s gums, tongue, teeth, and overall oral health. This allows us to monitor the development of both their primary and permanent teeth closely. Our examination helps identify any areas that might require additional attention, either at home or in subsequent visits.

Communication and Collaboration

Following the examination, we offer advice tailored to our young patients and their caregivers. We might share some helpful strategies for cleaning those difficult-to-reach areas. If we identify any areas of concern, we’ll make sure you’re aware and understand what to keep an eye on between visits. By working together, we ensure the best possible care for your child’s dental health.

Get in Touch Now

To book your first consultation and examination.

During this initial visit, we’ll conduct a thorough review, assessing your teeth, gums, soft tissues, as well as the alignment and condition of your bite. We want to understand the overall health and functionality of your mouth. We’re keen to learn all about your smile, its aesthetics, and most importantly, your personal goals for your dental health and appearance. Let us guide you on the path to achieving your desired smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pediatric dentistry refers to the dental specialty focused on the oral health care of children, from infancy to their teenage years. Pediatric dentists are experts trained to address the diverse dental needs and changes that occur in children’s mouths as they transition from baby teeth to adult teeth.

Children typically begin teething around 6 months of age. It’s advised that they have their initial dental visit by their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth appears. If you notice any signs of discomfort, pain, or other dental issues in your child, it’s important to schedule an appointment right away. It’s never too late to bring your child in for their first dental check-up.

Pediatric dentists primarily focus on the dental care of individuals who are minors. Generally, they provide specialized dental services to patients ranging from 6 months old up to 18 years old.

The recommended frequency for dental visits for children, including toddlers, is the same as for adults—typically every 6 months, unless your dentist advises otherwise. Depending on personal dental health needs and financial considerations, some may choose visits every 3 or 8 months. It’s important not to let more than a year pass between check-ups. If your toddler is in any discomfort or pain, schedule an appointment immediately.

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    T Sol
    3 months ago
    Wonderful place to have your teeth 😀 work on. Wonderful team, thanks Dr.Patel and Dr.KG and Dr. Shenoy for Orthodontics treatment to my teeth. Don't forget about the Wonderful team as for the front desk and back! What a great team players!! They are wonderful to visit!!
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    Chelsea Sweet
    6 months ago
    The ladies at the front desk were nice & friendly greetings as per usual! They are always super nice!! Alicia is an amazing hygienist & is very informative! Super nice & is great to work with all the time, I'm sure, but especially if you are anxious like myself! Dr. Patel is also a great dentist, the best I've had, informative and he is also great to work with all the time but especially if you have anxiety as well!! Since I've started going here it's been a calming environment from the moment you walk in! I have such bad anxiety with getting dental work done of any kind but the staff here are amazing with that! I would, and I do, 100% recommend Napanee Smiles to everyone that I know dealing with dental issues or needs a new dentist or even to someone who already has a dentist but could use a better place to go! It's you guys!
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    Upasana Nayak
    7 months ago
    I had 2 visits here. One appointment was with a hygienist and another with the dentist. Everyone, including the people at the front desk, are very nice! They take their time to explain the process, which I really appreciated.
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    Shashikant Nayak
    7 months ago
    Like everyone I do not look forward to a dentist visit. But at Napanee Smiles, my experience was very good. A professional team with a friendly approach. Special mention to the hygienist Sarah.
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    Dwayne Shaw
    8 months ago
    My first appointment was with Alisha. She performed my first dental exam & x-rays.Alisha is very professional, kind, & a caring person. Made me feel calm & relaxed the entire visit. I also met my dentist, Dr. Patel for a few minutes. My second visit was with Sara today for a cleaning. Sara is very professional, very kind & made me feel very relaxed in the chair. Also Sara has a great sense of humour. Looking forward to my next visit, & the return of a great smile. Thanks so much. Napanee Smiles Dentistry. The staff here are amazing !
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    T Sol
    3 months ago
    Wonderful place to have your teeth 😀 work on. Wonderful team, thanks Dr.Patel and Dr.KG and Dr. Shenoy for Orthodontics treatment to my teeth. Don't forget about the Wonderful team as for the front desk and back! What a great team players!! They are wonderful to visit!!
    More
    Chelsea Sweet
    6 months ago
    The ladies at the front desk were nice & friendly greetings as per usual! They are always super nice!! Alicia is an amazing hygienist & is very informative! Super nice & is great to work with all the time, I'm sure, but especially if you are anxious like myself! Dr. Patel is also a great dentist, the best I've had, informative and he is also great to work with all the time but especially if you have anxiety as well!! Since I've started going here it's been a calming environment from the moment you walk in! I have such bad anxiety with getting dental work done of any kind but the staff here are amazing with that! I would, and I do, 100% recommend Napanee Smiles to everyone that I know dealing with dental issues or needs a new dentist or even to someone who already has a dentist but could use a better place to go! It's you guys!
    More
    Upasana Nayak
    7 months ago
    I had 2 visits here. One appointment was with a hygienist and another with the dentist. Everyone, including the people at the front desk, are very nice! They take their time to explain the process, which I really appreciated.
    More
    Shashikant Nayak
    7 months ago
    Like everyone I do not look forward to a dentist visit. But at Napanee Smiles, my experience was very good. A professional team with a friendly approach. Special mention to the hygienist Sarah.
    More
    Dwayne Shaw
    8 months ago
    My first appointment was with Alisha. She performed my first dental exam & x-rays.Alisha is very professional, kind, & a caring person. Made me feel calm & relaxed the entire visit. I also met my dentist, Dr. Patel for a few minutes. My second visit was with Sara today for a cleaning. Sara is very professional, very kind & made me feel very relaxed in the chair. Also Sara has a great sense of humour. Looking forward to my next visit, & the return of a great smile. Thanks so much. Napanee Smiles Dentistry. The staff here are amazing !
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