As a family dentist in Columbia, MD, Dr. Ray Becker treats patients of all ages, including children by his/her first birthday. Families that visit Howard County Smiles Family Dentistry appreciate the convenience and flexibility that comes with having their children treated at the same dentist office they visit.
Dentistry for Children
Where a pediatric dentist is solely focused on children, our office is family oriented offering dentistry for children as well as adults. We encourage parents to bring their children to the dentist early so they can become familiar with our dental office. Our staff is trained to make children feel as comfortable as possible. Children look to parents for signs, so the best thing you can do for your child is to remain calm and relaxed. Dr. Becker will monitor the development of your child’s teeth and bite, recommending appropriate care as needed to set the stage for long term dental health at their dental visits to our Columbia, MD dentist office. We offer a complete menu of dental services for children as young as 3 including:
- Tooth cleaning
- Digital x-rays
- Dental sealants
- White fillings
- Teeth bonding
- Custom sports mouthguards
- Orthodontic consultations
- Wisdom tooth removal
How To Prevent Pediatric Tooth Decay
One of the biggest challenges dentistry for children is preventing tooth decay. Parents and guardians are the key to achieving optimal oral health in children. It is important to start habits early and set good examples at home by brushing and flossing twice a day. With routine visits to our Columbia, MD dentist office, Dr. Becker will be able to prevent tooth decay and subsequent dental cavities. We also offer sealants for children to protect teeth and prevent decay. Parents can do many things to ensure the health of their children’s teeth:
- Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (over age 2)
- Flossing once a day
- Limiting sugary drinks and beverages
- Following recommended guidelines for nursing, bottle and sippy cup use
It is very important to keep primary teeth (baby teeth) in place and healthy until they are lost naturally. Primary teeth are essential towards maintaining good nutrition, allowing children to chew properly. Likewise, primary teeth are critical for proper speech development and help to promote good self-esteem.
Dr. Becker can create a custom mouthguard for your child using a model of his or her teeth. This will offer greater protection than an off-the-shelf model. It’s an investment that pays off highly in the form of reduced pain, suffering and possible dental expenses down the road!
Schedule an Appointment
If you are looking for a dentist office that offers dentistry for children in Columbia, MD and Ellicott City, MD, consider Dr. Ray Becker as a dentist for your entire family. Enjoy the convenience that a family dentist offers! Call today or schedule an appointment online.