At Dental Wellness Team, our pediatric dentistry philosophy is about more than bright, healthy smiles. Dr. Pinero and her team want to make sure your child’s visit is rewarding and fun, so there’s no fear of regular dental visits. Our Coral Springs dental practice accepts new patients ages 5 and older.
Dr. Pinero and her team understand that you want the best for your child, which is why we focus on providing the highest quality pediatric dental care possible. We encourage you and your child to ask questions during your visit, as dentistry for children is all about education. We offer empathetic oral health instruction and use simple explanations to answer your child’s questions and reassure them.
Your Child's First Visit
Most children are unsure or nervous about their first visit to the dentist, but at our Coral Springs dental practice, they don’t have to be! Our pediatric dental services are designed to make your child feel at ease so they are always eager to visit the dentist.
Kids Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) recommends that children receive dental checkups every six months. These visits allow Dr. Pinero to monitor any changes and ensure that you have the information you need to care for your child’s oral health at home. In some cases, Dr. Pinero may suggest more frequent visits if your child is prone to cavities or if there are signs of orthodontic problems.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on the severity of the decay as well as the child’s age and risk of future cavities. At Dental Wellness Team, we use tooth-colored, mercury-free composite fillings to treat cavities.
Protective dental sealants are a thin plastic coating painted onto your child’s teeth to prevent deep grooves from collecting cavity-causing bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria accumulating in the back molars.
At Dental Wellness Team, we apply protective sealants to your child’s premolars and molars for cavity protection. Sealants typically last for several years, but we check during your child’s regular dental visits to ensure that they are still intact.
Dental fluoride treatments are a safe and effective way to prevent cavities in children. Dr. Pinero often recommends fluoride treatments in conjunction with dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth. Fluoride acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can even reverse early dental decay in some children.
Gentle Tooth Extractions
If a tooth cannot be saved with restorative treatments, Dr. Pinero will perform an extraction. In some cases, extractions may also be recommended prior to orthodontic treatment when teeth are crowded.
If your child is nervous, has special needs, or needs help staying calm, Dr. Pinero may recommend nitrous oxide sedation, also known as laughing gas. Laughing gas is safe and effective, allowing children to receive the dental care they need without fear.
The effects of nitrous oxide wear off after a few minutes, making it a low risk form of sedation. At Dental Wellness Team, safety is always our priority, which is why we choose laughing gas over other sedation options.
Baby teeth are important for the healthy development of adult teeth and facial structure. Your child might need a space maintainer if they lose a tooth early or have a baby tooth extracted. Dr. Pinero custom makes space maintainers to fit your child’s mouth and keep the space open in order to allow the permanent tooth room to erupt. If a space maintainer is not used, neighboring teeth can shift into the open space and more complicated orthodontic treatment may be needed.
Our early bite assessments allow us to help your child avoid bite complications such as impacted teeth or overbites as their adult teeth erupt. With interceptive orthodontics, we can minimize the amount of time needed in braces during the preteen and teen years.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dentistry
Do you need to fill cavities in baby teeth?
Yes, it’s important to treat cavities, even if they’re in baby teeth. Some people believe that because baby teeth eventually fall out, it isn’t important to treat decay. Unfortunately, decay is an infection that grows and spreads. This can cause painful toothaches, difficulty eating, and cavities in neighboring teeth. Unless a tooth is about to fall out on its own naturally, cavities should be treated.
What is early orthodontic treatment?
Early orthodontic treatment is another term used for interceptive orthodontics. Modern orthodontics divides treatment into two phases, as it’s easier to correct issues with the jaw as it is growing and developing rather than waiting for it to finish forming and then attempting to correct it with braces.
Are dental sealants safe for my child?
Yes, we use BPA-free dental sealants, so you can feel good knowing that they are safe. Dental sealants are one of the most effective, affordable ways to prevent childhood tooth decay.
Are space maintainers painful?
No, space maintainers are not painful—they’re non-invasive, so they do not require any local anesthesia for placement. They simply hold space open for the adult tooth to erupt.