Central Florida Pediatric Dentistry

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Add Your Child’s Teeth to Your Spring Cleaning List

Everywhere we look it seems that people are busy tackling their spring cleaning chores. From cleaning, painting, gardening, and everything in between, the spring season is a wonderful time to mark some of those to-dos off of your list. As your pediatric dentist here in Maitland, we’d like to encourage you to make your child’s teeth cleaning one of those spring chores!

While your crammed closet and your grimy garage could surely use your attention this spring, we hope that your children’s dental cleaning is at the top of your list! Although some people don’t take their children to the dentist because they think their baby teeth will fall out anyway, we’d like to remind you just how important dental checkups are to your child’s long-term dental health. Those little teeth will fall out eventually, but will only leave the proper space for their permanent teeth when cared for properly.

In between spring cleaning and your everyday chores, be sure to schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatric dentist. We’ll be glad to help you get that important to-do checked off of your list!

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Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Under One Roof!

At Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida we are proud to not only offer exceptional pediatric dental care, but also outstanding orthodontic care! Right here in our Maitland office, you will find our very own wonderful in-house orthodontist, Dr. John Smith.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by the age of seven in order to evaluate their development. Both science and history suggest that making small corrections now can result in less need for orthodontic care down the road. As pediatric dentists, Dr. Bertot and Dr. Mansour are qualified to identify any foreseeable developmental problems, and therefore perform an orthodontic evaluation during each routine visit. Should Dr. Mansour or Dr. Bertot identify any developing issues, they will refer your child to the care of Dr. Smith. However, because of our comprehensive level of care, children don’t typically require the help of an orthodontist until the beginning of permanent dentition which typically occurs around eleven or twelve years of age.

When you choose Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida to care for your child’s dental health, you’re choosing an entire team of professional and knowledgeable dental health professionals. If you’re interested in learning more about orthodontics in Maitland, FL, don’t hesitate to contact our office today. We look forward to providing your child with the best possible dental care!

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The Pediatric Difference

Parents are faced with a multitude of decisions as they navigate parenthood, and it’s no different when it comes to choosing your child’s healthcare providers. When considering which type of dentist to choose for your child, we encourage seeking the care of a pediatric dentist over a general dentist for several reasons.

As a parent you know that your kids undergo an incredible amount of growth and development during childhood, and their mouths are no exception. That’s why after dental school, pediatric dentists receive an additional two to three years of training. This additional training allows them to specialize in treating your child’s developing teeth. Just as your child’s body requires a pediatrician to care for his or her growing body, pediatric dentists are able to provide specialized care for his or her developing teeth. At the Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida, we pride ourselves on being extremely adaptable to each child’s needs and fostering a fun, calming, and child-friendly environment. Our staff is glad to go the extra mile to ensure your child’s optimum level of comfort.

Whether your child has special needs, has a grave fear of the dentist, or simply needs a cleaning, the caring staff at Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida looks forward to providing him or her with exceptional personalized dental care.

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Kids Need Their Kale

Healthy teeth start with a healthy diet. With the everyday hustle and bustle that comes along with raising children, feeding your kids a properly balanced diet can seem like an impossible task. As your pediatric dentistry in Orlando we’d like to help you introduce kale into your kids’ diet.

Kale is one of those super vegetables complete with ample antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins K, A, and C. Introducing kale and other healthy vegetables into your child’s diet now will help them develop a taste for healthy choices down the road. Consider the following kid-friendly options to help integrate kale into your child’s diet:

  • Add it to a smoothie. Adding kale to a fruit smoothie is a surefire way to give your kids a yummy vitamin boost.
  • Make it into chips. Add a little olive oil and sprinkle some salt on a few kale leaves before putting them into the oven and they’ll be kale chips before you know it! Kids love the crunch.
  • Mix it in. Kale makes a great accent in several dishes including salads, soups, omelets, pastas, and even desserts.

As your pediatric dentistry in Orlando, we hope that your child gets a kick out of some kale in their diet. Contact Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida with any questions about your child’s dental health, or to schedule their next checkup!

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Fact or Fiction Quiz: Baby Teeth

Properly caring for your child’s teeth can seem overwhelming, but as your children’s dentistry in Orlando, we’re here to help! The American Dental Association separated a few facts from fiction regarding your baby’s teeth, and we’d like to share some of those with you here:

Fact or Fiction: Baby teeth are important.

Fact! While you might think otherwise because baby teeth will eventually fall out, your baby’s teeth are placeholders for their permanent adult teeth. Premature loss of baby teeth can result in problems down the road.

Fact or Fiction: Babies get fevers when teething.

Fiction! Your baby should not develop a fever when teething. If your baby has a fever, his or her baby teeth are not the culprit.

Fact or Fiction: Diluting juice is better for your child’s teeth.

Fiction! Your child’s teeth are still at risk of decay when drinking watered-down juice. He or she should drink water after drinking juice to wash away residual sugar, and of course brush their teeth at least twice a day.

At the Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida we take pride in serving as your children’s dentistry in Orlando. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and to begin your child’s comprehensive dental care.