Dentistry for Children in Clermont, FL  

Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood in the United States? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than half of children aged 6 to 8 have had a cavity in at least one of their baby teeth.  At Clermont Lakes Dental Care, we’re committed to giving your child the support they need throughout their oral development from their first tooth through adulthood. Our kid’s dentists, Dr. Wakim and Dr. Torkian, have the knowledge and expertise to treat younger mouths, catch potential issues early on, and set your kiddos on the path to a beautiful smile.   

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What is Pediatric Dentistry?  

This branch of dentistry focuses on children’s oral health from infancy through the teen years. Pediatric dentistry includes comprehensive oral health care that includes oral health exams, preventive dental care, early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite, habit counseling, and treatment of oral health conditions like cavities, pediatric sleep apnea, and gum disease.  

When Should Kids First Visit the Dentist?  

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you take your child to a pediatric dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in or by the time they celebrate their first birthday. After that, you should take your child to the dentist every six months. Regular dental visits allow your dentist to check for tooth decay, injuries, and other issues, track changes in your baby’s mouth as they age, and diagnose and treat any developing conditions effectively by catching them early. 

How Can You Prepare Your Child for Their First Dental Visit?  

Naturally, the first dental appointment a child has can come with some anxiety, but there are many ways to ease their nerves:   

  • Talk positively about what will happen at the appointment.   
  • Bring your child to an older sibling’s appointment so they know what to expect. 
  • Read a few books about going to the dentist.  
  • Bring your kid’s favorite stuffed animal or toy to the appointment – a familiar, beloved friend will help them feel safe and secure.  

What Happens at a Kids Dental Appointment?  

Here’s what you can expect at your child’s dental appointment:   

  • Teeth cleaning: Our friendly hygienist will carefully clean your baby’s teeth and gums. We’ll also advise you on how best to properly care for your child’s mouth and answer any questions you may have.  
  • X-rays and exam: Dr. Wakim will then perform a routine examination and bite analysis, checking your child’s teeth, gums, jaw, and bite, looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, malocclusion, and other oral health issues. We’ll also take x-rays of your child’s mouth to get a more detailed look at what’s happening underneath the gums.   
  • Additional treatments as recommended: Depending on your child’s oral health, Dr. Wakim may recommend additional treatments such as fluoride or dental sealants to strengthen their teeth and prevent tooth decay.
  • We have fun! Every room has a TV on the ceiling, so whether your child wants to stream their favorite series (Disney+, Amazon, Netflix, and more) or watch their favorite YouTuber, the entertainment options provide a unique level of comfort.   


What is the Difference Between a Family Dentist and a Pediatric Dentist?  

Both pediatric and family dentists will have completed a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM) degree, but that’s where their similarities rest. After graduating from dental school, pediatric dentists undertake an additional two to three years of intensive residency and specialty training. Family dentists care for the whole family’s oral health, including the children, while pediatric dentists treat more complex dental problems in infants, children, and teenagers, especially those that may require sedation.

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An approach that incorporates preventive protocols for your child’s developing teeth will reduce plaque, prevent gum disease and tooth decay, and improve your child’s overall health. This will mean fewer sick days and time off from school and less time dealing with discomfort from cavities. An important first step towards keeping their teeth for their lifetime. If it’s time for your kid’s dental visit, please get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment at our Clermont, FL, practice!