Dental Distinction is a family dentist office in Chester Springs, PA. Jason Petkevis, DMD provides dentistry to children starting at age 3, once all of the primary teeth have erupted. We will see children at a younger age in emergency situations or by special request.
Pediatric Dentist vs. Family Dentist
A pediatric dentist is a specialist who primarily treats children and adolescents. A family dentist sees patients of all ages and is one who can grow with a child into adulthood. Families in Chester Springs appreciate the convenience and flexibility that comes with a family dentist and being able to have the entire family treated by the same dentist.
About Pediatric Dentistry
The American Dental Association estimates that over 50% of first-graders and 80% of 17-year-olds have cavities. While there are many things parents can do to ensure the health of their children’s teeth, one of the best ways to prevent cavities and tooth decay in children is through regular visits to the dentist and routine dental cleanings.
Good oral health contributes to the overall health of a child, encourages positive self-image, and improves feelings of achievement. Dr. Petkevis and staff help parents and guardians by teaching proper pediatric dental care and answering common questions about thumb sucking, tooth decay, orthodontic treatment, and wisdom teeth removal.
Cavity Prevention in Children
Diligent oral hygiene maintenance is the strongest foundation for a healthy mouth. As parents, it is your responsibility to instill positive oral health habits in your child from the very beginning. Did you know that over half of children aged 5-9 have at least one cavity?
You can help prevent cavities from becoming a part of your child’s development by encouraging them to brush for 2 minutes, twice a day, and floss regularly. We take the time to show our young patients how to effectively brush and floss to maintain good oral health.
A Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
Routine pediatric dentistry visits will include:
- Teeth cleaning
- Fluoride treatment
- Diagnostic x-rays
- Periodontal screening (for gingivitis and gum disease)
- Dental caries (cavities) screening
- Examination of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position
Dental Care for Children in Chester Springs
- Dental Sealants – Dr. Petkevis uses dental sealants to prevent tooth decay, forming a barrier to protect the tooth surface. A dental sealant is a thin coating, made from bio-compatible plastic. They can be placed in a single visit and offer long-lasting protection.
- Sports Mouth Guard – A sports mouth guard is an excellent way to protect your child’s teeth from injury during sports. The guard usually covers the upper teeth; however, if your child wears braces or another fixed dental appliance on his lower jaw, Dr. Petkevis may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth, too.
- Invisible Braces – Many teens who need orthodontic treatment prefer invisible braces. Dr. Petkevis offers ClearCorrect invisible braces for discreet, comfortable treatment.
Schedule a dental visit for your entire family today. Call 610.400.1459 or request an appointment online today.
Pediatric Dentistry FAQs
If my child takes good care of their teeth, are dental sealants necessary?
While ‘baby teeth’ are only temporary, they play an important role in your child’s permanent teeth and oral health in general. That is why we put so much focus on protecting them from decay. Dental sealants are an easy and painless way to provide extra protection children need from teeth cavities.
When should my child get sealants?
Between the ages of 5 – 7, your child’s first set of molar will come in. We recommend putting sealants on them when all of them have come through. When their second set of molars come in between the ages of 11 – 14, we will recommend putting sealants on those as well.
What are the benefits of getting a custom mouthguard for my child?
A custom mouthguard provides a lot more protection than a store-bought one. While they cost significantly more, having one made for your child could literally save you thousands of dollars in dental work. Kids get injured all the time while participating in sports. Providing them with the best protection possible can save them from painful injuries.