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Pediatric Dentistry

We welcome children as young as 6 months old to our office, and we are committed to helping your child enjoy excellent oral health and learn the good oral habits that lead to a lifetime of smiles. Our friendly dentist and team will work with both you and your child to help them have a positive experience at the dental office so that they can avoid developing fear or anxiety. Call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Timothy Gardner and learn more about pediatric dentistry in Conroe and Montgomery, Texas.

At our practice, we enjoy caring for patients of all ages, including children. We are pleased to provide pediatric dentistry to help you keep your child’s smile in good health. We encourage you to bring your child to our office every six months for a regular dental exam and cleaning. During this visit, our friendly dentist and team will gently clean your child’s teeth and check for signs of dental problems, such as tooth decay. Each member of our team is caring and gentle, and we are practiced at making children feel comfortable. We understand that it is important to build a positive, trusting relationship between your child and all of their doctors at a young age, and we are dedicated to ensuring that your child feels comfortable and safe at our office. If you have any questions about your child’s dental health or oral development, we welcome you to ask us during the visit or by calling our office.

In addition to bringing your child to our office for regular checkups, it is important that you help your child establish good oral hygiene habits at home. Teach your child to brush and floss their teeth every day and help them maintain a balanced, healthy diet. We invite you to call or visit our office today to learn more about pediatric dentistry and how we can care for your family.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

One of the things that Dr. Timothy Gardner will check for during your child’s appointment is baby bottle tooth decay. This form of tooth decay can have a serious effect on your child’s oral health, and we will work with you to help you learn how to prevent it and find treatments that will restore your child’s oral health. Call to learn more about baby bottle tooth decay in Conroe and Montgomery, Texas, and make an appointment with our dentist.

Baby bottle tooth decay is a term used to refer to early childhood cavities. This type of tooth decay occurs primarily in infants and toddlers and is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Baby bottle tooth decay is most frequently the result of a child keeping a bottle of sweetened liquid in bed at night or of parents and children sharing saliva via utensils or cups.

You can help prevent baby bottle tooth decay by following these suggestions:

  • Rinse pacifiers and toys in clean water, and use a clean spoon for each person eating. Do not clean the pacifiers or toys in your own mouth or share a spoon with your child.
  • Never place sugary drinks in baby bottles or sippy cups.
  • If your child insists on having a bottle in bed, fill it only with water.
  • Do not dip pacifiers in honey or sweet liquids.
  • Encourage your child to use a regular cup after he or she reaches 12 months of age.
  • Help your child maintain a balanced, nutritious diet.
  • Gently clean your child’s gums after each feeding with a clean washcloth.
  • Use an age-appropriate, soft-bristled toothbrush and an ADA-approved toothpaste when teeth begin to emerge.
  • Clean your child’s teeth for them until about age 7. Before this time, children have not developed the necessary motor skills and coordination to effectively brush all areas of their mouths.
  • Ask our dentist to review your child’s levels of fluoride.

If you have any questions about baby bottle tooth decay or wish to schedule your child’s appointment with our dentist, please call our office today.

Diet & Nutrition

Our dentist will review your child’s diet and nutrition with you during their regular appointments. Diet plays a large role in oral health, and we are committed to giving you the knowledge and tools you need to help keep your child healthy. Call us today to learn more about diet and nutrition in Conroe and Montgomery, Texas, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Timothy Gardner.

As each child has a unique metabolism, some nutrients may benefit your child more than others. When you bring your child to our office, we will review their current diet and oral health with you to determine which types of nutrients will be most beneficial for their health, and go over any changes to your child’s eating habits that you may need to help them make. There are also a few basic steps you can take at home to help your child maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. These include:

  • Reading food labels
  • Limiting your child’s intake of sugary foods
  • Providing them with fresh foods and vegetables
  • Encourage them to drink water instead of sugary drinks
  • Help them maintain a diet high in calcium and phosphorus
  • Help the brush and floss regularly

For more information about how diet and nutrition affect oral health and to make an appointment with our dentist, please give us a call today.

First Visit

We invite you to bring your child to meet Dr. Timothy Gardner when they are 6 months old. Our goal is to help them develop positive associations with the dental office so that they can receive all future care without experiencing fear or anxiety. Call us today to schedule your child’s appointment with our dentist and learn more about their first dental visit in Conroe and Montgomery, Texas. We are excited to meet your family!

A typical pediatric dental appointment will include the following:

  • The dental team will greet you and your child.
  • We will review the health history of your infant and your family.
  • Our dentist will ask about your child’s oral habits, pacifier use, diet and general development.
  • We will perform a gentle examination of your child’s teeth and gums, during which we will note any teeth that may appear in coming months.
  • We will provide advice on brushing, flossing, how to prevent oral injury, fluoride intake and other topics to help you keep your child’s mouth healthy at home.
  • We will provide a description of your child’s current oral health in detail and make any needed recommendations about oral habits, toothbrushes and toothpaste, diet, and pacifiers.
  • A schedule of regular appointments will be created by our team for your child.
  • We will address your questions and concerns.

If you are calm, your child will most likely feel calm. You can help your child feel happier and more comfortable in the dental office by being positive and calm yourself. You can encourage your child to develop positive associations with visiting the dentist by avoiding threatening language and providing positive explanations about what will happen during the appointment.

If you have any questions about your child’s first dental appointment, please feel free to contact our office.

Primary Teeth

Your child’s primary teeth are incredibly important to their oral health and overall development. When you visit our office, Dr. Timothy Gardner will examine your child’s baby teeth and make recommendations on the best ways to care for them to ensure that your child’s mouth remains healthy. Contact us today to learn more about primary teeth and schedule your consultation with our dentist in Conroe or Montgomery, Texas.

Many people assume that because a child’s primary teeth eventually fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth that they are not important in the long run. However, baby teeth are crucial to your child’s oral health and development.

Baby teeth play several important roles. These roles include:

  • Facilitating speech production and development
  • Aiding in proper jaw development
  • Contributing to good chewing habits and overall nutrition
  • Helping with spacing and alignment of permanent teeth
  • Generating self-confidence from having a healthy smile

The most important reason to care for your child’s primary teeth is so that you can help ensure that their permanent teeth erupt in the correct place. Primary teeth save specific areas of the mouth for the adult teeth.

Our dentist will provide you with instructions on the best way to help your child care for their teeth. This will include instructions on the best way to brush and floss your child’s teeth, how to help your child develop good oral habits, and when your child can begin brushing on their own. We will also set a schedule of regular appointments for your child to receive preventive care in our office. Preventive care includes dental cleanings and exams, dental sealants, and fluoride treatments.

If you have any questions about baby teeth or wish to make an appointment with our friendly dentist, please contact our office today.

Tooth Eruption

Are you curious about when your child’s teeth will appear? We invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Timothy Gardner to learn more about tooth eruption and your child’s oral development. We will happily provide you with more information and help you understand what is happening in your child’s mouth. Give us a call today to set up your consultation with our dentist in Conroe or Montgomery, Texas.

The first primary teeth usually begin to erupt between 6 months and 1 year of age. By age 3, a majority of children have a nearly full set of 20 primary teeth. We recommend that you schedule your child’s first dental appointment with a pediatric dentist when their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday.

Your child will typically lose their baby teeth in the same order in which the teeth erupted, beginning with their front teeth and moving back toward their molars.

Most children follow a similar developmental pattern when their primary teeth begin to erupt. However, please remember that each child is different and that they may not follow this schedule. You may find that your child will go months without any new tooth erupting or that two or more teeth erupt at once.

If you have any questions about tooth eruption or would like to set up an appointment for your child with our caring dentist, please contact our office today.