Pediatric dentistry focuses on the oral health and exclusive needs of young people. Establishing your child with a pediatric dentist provides an opportunity for your child to gain trust and confidence through pleasant dental visits. Our goal at Amarillo Children's Dentistry is to help children feel comfortable with visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth. Regular dental care for children is extremely important for setting a great foundation for a lifetime of good oral hygiene and a healthy smile. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Randall Browning is experienced in providing primary and specialty oral care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. Dr. Browning and the staff at Amarillo Children's Dentistry strive to make patients feel comfortable during their examinations and treatments.
At Amarillo Children's Dentistry, we provide restorative treatments, cosmetic dentistry, nitrous oxide(laughing gas), orthodontics, hospital sedation, and preventive care services for children. Children can suffer cavities, broken teeth, or malformed teeth just like adults. Dr. Browning and his staff are trained to provide dental care to meet the specific needs of children while helping them to remain calm and comfortable.
First Dental Examination
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday. While children do lose their "baby" teeth, or primary teeth, these teeth are instrumental in helping children speak and chew properly. Additionally, these primary teeth create a path for their permanent adult teeth to follow when they erupt. Dental check-ups are also important opportunities to create a good foundation for ongoing oral hygiene and give parents the chance to ask any questions they have about a child's oral health.
At Amarillo Children's Dentistry, we are highly skilled and have years of experience in helping children overcome anxiety sometimes associated with dental visits. At the first dental visit Dr. Browning will examine your child's teeth and check for growth and development conditions that may pose problems in the future. You child's first dental visit may include x-rays, scaling and polishing, fluoride treatment, a soft tissue examination, brushing and flossing instructions, a developmental examination, and nutritional counseling for maintaining good oral health.
Sealants, Fluoride, and Mouth Guards
In addition to regular examinations and cleanings, Dr. Browning may recommend further services to protect your child's oral health. Other services include sealants, fluoride, and mouth guards. Sealants help to protect the teeth from decay. They are made of clear plastic and are applied to pits and grooves in the teeth. Before applying sealants, the tooth is cleaned and dried. Fluoride treatments are also essential to preventing tooth decay and are part of a regular dental examination and cleaning.
Mouth guards, "night guards," or athletic guards, may be recommended for children that constantly grind their teeth at night, clench their jaws, or are extremely active in sports. Mouth guards can protect the teeth from excessive wear and tear and can prevent severe dental trauma for kids that are highly active or athletic.