Family dentist Dr. Elizabeth Duling sees patients of all ages in her Owens Cross Roads, AL dental office. She emphasizes the importance of caring for children’s baby teeth. Also known as the primary teeth, these teeth create a foundation for the permanent teeth and help children’s speech development. Keeping the primary teeth healthy helps keep children’s growing smiles balanced and functional.
Dr. Duling helps parents understand how to take care of their child’s teeth. She can also answer questions that parents or their children have about their oral health. By creating an open and welcoming office environment, Dr. Duling allows patients to feel more comfortable and confident in their treatment.
Pediatric Dental Services
We offer these general dental services for our younger patients at their regular dental appointments:
- Dental x-rays
- Gentle dental cleaning
- Comprehensive oral health exam
- Routine screenings for cavities
- Dental sealants
- Tooth fillings
Dr. Duling recommends that parents schedule a dental visit for their child after their first tooth emerges. Our dental team screens for dental concerns and monitors changes in the bite, jaw, teeth, and gums.
Parents should also remember to clean their child’s gums even before their teeth erupt. Wiping the gums with a wet cloth ensures that bacteria do not build up on the gums. Bacteria feed on food particles and release acids that can irritate the gums, leading to problems like gum disease. Routine oral health care begins early.
Pediatric Dentistry FAQs
Read the answers to common questions many patients have about caring for their child’s dental health:
What do I do if my child has a toothache?
Our dental care team can work with your child to identify the cause of their pain and create a treatment plan. Apply a cold compress against their cheek to keep swelling down. We will schedule emergency care as soon as possible.
Is thumb sucking harmful to my child’s teeth?
If a child is sucking their thumb or pacifier as their permanent teeth come in, it can lead to crooked teeth, misalignment, or problems with the roof of the mouth. Although thumb-sucking typically stops before preschool age, it is still helpful for parents to monitor this habit.
What do I do if my child is scared of the dentist?
We understand that some patients may feel anxious or scared about visiting the dentist, especially younger patients. Because of this, we explain each treatment that adults and children can understand. Our hygienists and dentists work with patients as individuals and can take breaks as needed. Dental sedation is particularly helpful for patients of all ages who feel anxious or fearful in a dental office.
Schedule Dental Care For Your Child Today
Are you looking for a new family dentist? Call our office for comprehensive treatment for all ages today at 256.202.4186. Request a consultation with Dr. Duling on our website. We welcome any remaining questions you may have about your child’s dental care. In addition, we also welcome you to schedule appointments on the same day for you and your children.