Why Pediatric Dentistry
At Jenkins Dentistry for Kids in Shawnee, we understand that children need specialized care. Our advanced training enables us to tailor your child’s preventative dental care and treatment with an exceptional experience that uniquely fits your child’s needs.
We stay up-to-date with the latest technology and industry-related education, and we frequently attend events and conferences in order to continue growing in our knowledge. Our doctors are board certified, having completed further education requirements to specialize in the needs of children’s oral health.
General Dentistry versus Pediatric Dentistry
Encouraging a lifetime of healthy habits begins at your child’s first dental appointment. Jenkins Dentistry for Kids has over 15 years of experience treating and providing dental care to infants, toddlers, adolescents, and children with special needs in the Shawnee area.
Pediatric dentistry is more than just a quick dental exam. It’s about establishing an ongoing relationship with you and your child and becoming your dental home. We have created an environment that is both fun and encouraging. Our friendly team of experts is specifically trained to handle your child’s needs while in the dental chair, from our chosen vocabulary to incentives for a job well done! Our mission is to educate children on the importance of good oral hygiene habits and set them up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
If your child needs restorative treatment you can rest assured, he/she will be cared for by our team with compassion and respect while receiving treatment care from skilled and experienced dental practitioners. Our tools and treatment rooms are designed specifically with your child’s trust and comfort in mind.
Are you ready to put your child’s dental care in the hands of trained and compassionate experts? Schedule an appointment today!
Anticipatory Tooth Chart
Just as some people’s hair grows faster than others and some fingernails require more frequent trimming than others, the development of teeth can vary and the timeline is often unique to each child. Here are some general guidelines for teeth development.
Children have 20 primary (or baby) teeth, most of which will have erupted before the age of three. Even though baby teeth will fall out eventually, it’s still crucial to teach your child good dental hygiene habits early. Caring for baby teeth with established routines and keeping cavities and tooth decay at bay will set the stage for a lifetime of healthy teeth.
Primary teeth will usually fall out in the same order that they came in, beginning around the age of six. However, some will fall out as early as age four. The permanent teeth typically come in over a 7-year period. Most permanent teeth begin to erupt several weeks after the corresponding baby teeth fall out; however, it can be common to find a “double row” of teeth. This happens if the baby teeth hang on too long or if there’s too much crowding in the teeth. In both scenarios, it’s best to see your pediatric dentist. While all 20 baby teeth are replaced, ultimately 32 permanent teeth will emerge.