One of the most enjoyable aspects of what we do at Randolph Dental Associates is providing children's dentistry. Our dental team values the part we play in helping kids of all ages develop a positive attitude about their oral health care.
Dr. Christopher Kaplan provides gentle-touch children's dentistry and has nearly 20 years of experience working in pediatric dental settings. He is skilled in gaining a child's trust by meeting them on their level and making dentistry a fun and positive adventure.
Children's Dentistry in Randolph, NJ
With the ultimate goal of helping children develop lifelong, positive oral habits, we like to see them for their first visit around age one or when the first baby tooth appears.
The goal at this young age is to be proactive in helping kids get used to the idea of dentistry instead of waiting until a problem develops. Each visit with us builds their confidence, and if and when they do need treatment, they will already be a little pro at visiting the dentist.
Why Baby Teeth Are Important
Baby teeth play a crucial role in your child's oral development because they hold a space for permanent teeth. A healthy baby tooth stays in place until the permanent tooth is ready to make an appearance, and when the baby tooth comes out, the permanent tooth takes its place.
If a baby tooth is lost too soon, adjacent teeth can drift toward the open space and start closing the gap. Now there's not enough room for the permanent tooth to emerge in a straight position, and it can come in at an angle that could require orthodontics to straighten.
Dental Exams & Cleanings
Starting with their first dental exam at age one, we will provide preventive treatment throughout for your little one throughout their childhood. The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends dental checkups every six months to stay a step ahead of problems like tooth decay to ensure that their happy little lives aren't interrupted by dental issues.
How We Protect Your Child's Teeth
When we talk about prevention, we're talking about being proactive with kids'' oral health. Treatments like applying dental sealants and fluoride go a long way toward preventing cavities and keeping your child's mouth healthy.
- Dental sealants - Teeth like molars and premolars have uneven surfaces with deep grooves that can attract bacteria and cause cavities. A sealant is a thin plastic coating that is floated on the surface of a tooth, then hardened with a curing light. Sealants eventually wear away on their own and need to be replaced.
- Fluoride applications - Fluoride helps build strong, healthy teeth and prevent new cavities from forming. Many children already receive enough fluoride, but our children's dentist will let you know if he thinks yours would benefit from a supplemental application.
- Custom mouthguards - All children should wear a mouthguard when playing sports like soccer, football, and basketball, so we offer customized mouthguards for the ultimate protection. We'll be happy to customize one for your budding athlete.
We Look forward to Meeting Your Child!
If you are looking for a children's dentist who serves kids in Randolph, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, and surrounding communities, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaplan.
We look forward to welcoming you to Randolph Dental Associates!