Children's Dentistry in Washington, PA
It’s fun for the team at Pruce Dental to watch little kids gradually become aware of the importance of healthy teeth.
We are happy to help them slowly get used to us and their new surroundings because the extra time we take now will result in a positive attitude about their dental health that lasts a lifetime.
We know that a child’s first few visits to the dentist can be a little scary. They are suddenly confronted with an unfamiliar setting, people they have never seen before, and lots of strange-looking equipment. This can be pretty overwhelming! But you can relax knowing that Dr. Pruce takes the time to give your child all the attention they need to help them feel secure and comfortable.
Robert L. Pruce, DMD has been providing children in the South Hills with gentle, supportive care for over 21 years. In that time, he has had the pleasure of watching many of his young patients develop great oral health habits as he continues to treat them into adulthood.
The Importance of Protecting Baby Teeth
Great oral health is one of the best gifts you can give your child. We like to see kids starting at two to three years of age, but we're happy to see younger children if there’s a problem or a concern.
Many parents wonder why it’s so important for their kids to see a dentist at such an early age. After all, their baby teeth will come out anyway, so what difference does it make?
These first few years are a critical time for your child’s dental health. Baby teeth are the foundation for proper development of permanent teeth, so keeping them healthy is essential.
Another important purpose of early visits is to allow Dr. Pruce and our team to get to know your child so they feel comfortable with us. We refer to these as “happy visits” because we show kids the positive, fun side of dental visits before they need any significant care.
Preventive Treatments Keep Teeth Healthy
Cavities in baby teeth should be filled as soon as possible to protect the tooth and your child’s long-term oral health. Losing a tooth too soon because of decay puts your child at risk for alignment problems that may require orthodontics to correct.
Regular dental exams and cleanings are as important for your child as they are for you. Depending on your child's needs, we may also recommend fluoride treatments to keep their teeth strong and healthy.
Application of dental sealants is another effective way to protect your child’s teeth from cavities. Protective sealants are great for kids whose teeth are prone to cavities or who have molars with very deep grooves and uneven surfaces.
Prompt Care When Your Child Needs It Most
We want you to have peace of mind in knowing that we are always here for you and your family. Kids of all ages are prone to dental emergencies, and we will make every effort to see them the same day if possible. If an emergency occurs after hours, Dr. Pruce is just a phone call away.
Our team would love to welcome you and your child to our Washington dental family. Please contact our office, and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient appointment for you and your child to stop by for a visit.