At O2 Dental Group of Wilmington, our pediatric dentistry team combines our advanced knowledge of dentistry with child-friendly dental techniques at our Wilmington, NC dentist office to create the perfect environment for our youngest patients to receive dental care.
We encourage you and your child to ask questions and are always here to address any concerns you have as a parent. We offer empathetic oral health education and use simple explanations to answer your child’s questions and reassure them.
If your child is anxious about visiting the dentist, ask us about our safe sedation dentistry options that could make their appointment more relaxing.
Your Child's First Dental Visit
Once your child has turned 3, we can schedule their very first dental visit with us at O2 Dental Group! Our pediatric dental team is trained to provide the highest quality dental care available to your child. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at our comfortable Wilmington dental office, they don’t have to be! Our practice is designed to make your child relaxed and even excited to visit the dentist.
Pediatric Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow Dr. Lydia and Dr. O to closely monitor any new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child. Our pediatric dental team may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
Teeth-Strengthening Mineral Application
Dental teeth-strengthening mineral treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Lydia and Dr. O often recommend this treatment along with dental sealants to help protect your child’s teeth. This teeth-strengthening mineral acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Pediatric Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from accumulating bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At O2 Dental Group of Wilmington, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At O2 Dental Group, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored fillings.
Pediatric Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. Dr. Lydia or Dr. O may recommend placing a crown on your child’s tooth if it has a large cavity, was broken or chipped due to trauma, or if the tooth hasn’t developed correctly.
Gentle Tooth Extractions
Our goal is always to preserve your child's natural teeth. Unfortunately, sometimes a child’s tooth may be too badly decayed or damaged to save. In this case, Dr. Lydia or Dr. O will perform a simple extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
If your child is anxious, has special needs, or just needs extra help staying calm and comfortable, Dr. Lydia or Dr. O may recommend laughing gas. Laughing gas is a completely safe way to help children receive the dental care they need without anxiety or fear.
Once your child's dental treatment is over, the gas will be completely out of their system after just a few minutes. Laughing gas is widely considered to be low risk and safe for use in both children and adults. At O2 Dental Group of Wilmington, our goal is to always care for your child’s dental health in the safest way possible.
Questions About Our Kids Dentistry Services?
Is your child due for a dental checkup? Give O2 Dental Group of Wilmington a call to schedule their pediatric dental appointment with Dr. Lydia or Dr. O today!
Has your child suffered an accident and damaged their teeth? Our emergency dentistry services for children make it possible for you bring your child in on the same day in cases where they need immediate professional dental care!