Welcome to Winter Garden Pediatric Smiles.
Why Visit a Pediatric Dentist?
Give your child the introduction to dentistry they deserve.
Your child has unique needs, and a pediatric dentist is here to help. Winter Garden Pediatric Smiles helps toddlers, young children, preteens, and teens maintain healthy smiles. We encourage parents to schedule their child’s first dental visit 6 months after the first tooth has erupted or by child 1st birthday.
With many dentistry services… Click to learn more about our services … for children under one roof, we make going to the dentist easy. Our team… Click to learn more about our team … works closely with kids and their parents to form good dental routines from a young age. In the office, we combine a fun vibe, friendly team, and expert care for dental issues specific to young people.
Our pediatric dentists in Winter Garden, FL, include Dr. Bernal, Dr. Wang, and Dr. Alma. We create a positive experience for your child’s first dentist appointment and every visit after that. A lifetime of great dental hygiene starts now.
We help your child feel confident and develop a good relationship with visiting the dentist.
From a kid-friendly office made just for children to our fun staff, our pediatric dental office is anything but boring. We’re redefining dentistry for kids by creating a positive experience from the beginning.
We encourage you to tell your child what to expect at their first dentist appointment and invite you to join us at the visit. We’ll work together to ensure your child feels comfortable and excited about going to the dentist.
Our Winter Garden, FL pediatric office is made for children of all ages. We specialize in making sure kids feel at ease while receiving necessary dental care, including hygiene, maintenance, and treatments.
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Treatment for Kids
Health and fun all the way!
We truly enjoy caring for children of all ages. Our pediatric dentists offer a variety of services:
- Preventative CarePreventative dentistry for kids helps prevent, find, and treat dental issues specific to children. Great dental health starts at a young age, and baby teeth play a huge role for permanent teeth. Our goal is to prevent issues early on.
Use our brushing chart as a guide.… Click to download brushing chart form …
- FillingsFillings for children are safe and help save the tooth from further decay or extraction. Our goal is to prevent cavities and teach kids how to improve brushing, flossing, and eating habits for healthy teeth.
- Baby CrownsA large cavity in kids may require a baby crown to save the tooth. Baby teeth are important and act as placeholders for permanent ones. They also aid in eating and speaking. Our goal is to prevent unnecessary extractions.
- Root CanalsA root canal in children treats an infected or damaged tooth caused by a serious cavity or accident. Our goal is to safely treat teeth to relieve pain, discomfort, and prevent more serious issues in the future.
- ExtractionsIf a tooth can’t be saved due to a cavity, damage, or overcrowding, we perform a safe tooth extraction for kids. Our goal is to remove a tooth when necessary in a quick and painless manner.
- Space MaintainersIf a baby tooth falls out early and the permanent tooth won’t erupt yet, then a space maintainer holds the empty spot until a new tooth comes in. Our goal is to treat problems early on to prevent more costly treatments in the future.
- Nitrous OxideIf your child is anxious about their dental treatment, our caring pediatric dentists offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas). This mild sedation will help your child to feel relaxed and more comfortable while we skillfully care for their smile.
Kids love us. Parents trust us! Check out our FAQ for first visits and more.
- What age should a child have their first dentist appointment?
Your child’s first “regular” dentist appointment should be six months after the first tooth erupts or by the first birthday.
- What happens at a child’s first dental visit?
At the first appointment:
- We get to know your family
- Perform a gentle exam of the mouth, teeth, and gums
- Take x-rays if needed
- Perform a cleaning and fluoride application if necessary
- Teach proper cleaning of the teeth and gums
- Review hygiene and diet tips
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking
- Suggest next steps or a regular dental visit schedule
- Why are early childhood dental visits important?Seeing children from a young age helps dentists catch dental problems early on. Additionally, it helps us build a relationship with the child and parent so that dentist visits become less scary and more comfortable for kids.
- What should I tell my child about the first visit to the dentist?We suggest you help your child prepare for the first visit to the dentist just like you’d prepare them for anything new like a haircut or trip to the shoe store.
Here are a few tips:
- Take your child on a preview tour of our Winter Garden Pediatric Smiles office
- Read your child books about going to the dentist
- Speak positively about your own experience at the dentist
- Let your child know what to expect at their first visit (using kid-friendly terms, of course)
- What kind of preventive dentistry for children do you offer?
Kids and cavities don’t have to go hand-in-hand! Our Winter Garden, FL dentists focus on all aspects of preventive dental care for kids.
One of our services for kids includes the latest dental sealant technology to protect teeth from cavities. Dental sealants use safe, high-quality plastics bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone teeth like back molars. A barrier of protection between the tooth and bacteria prevents cavities for kids who are still learning to brush properly.
- How do cavities form?Most of the time, a diet high in sugary foods/juices and a lack of brushing leads to cavities. Limiting sugar intake, brushing regularly, and maintaining dentist appointments all help prevent cavities.
It’s important to note that the longer your child chews food, the longer residue stays on the teeth and increases cavity-causing bacteria. When someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside the mouth as bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction lasts about 20 minutes and can eventually lead to cavities.
Another factor affecting cavity formation is the consistency of a person’s saliva. Thinner saliva washes up food more quickly, while thicker saliva caused by a high carbohydrate diet leads to more acid-producing bacteria.
What are ways to prevent cavities?
Here are a few tips for preventing cavities:
- Limit the frequency of meals and snacks
- Encourage more brushing, flossing, and rinsing
- Avoid sticky foods
- Choose nutritious foods and drinks
- Make treats a part of the meal
- Which baby teeth come in first?The first baby teeth that come in are the two bottom front teeth. You’ll notice this at about 6-8 months.
Then the four upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby’s teeth will appear periodically. They’ll usually appear in pairs until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.
At around the age of 2 1/2, your child should have all 20 baby teeth. Between 5 and 6 years old, the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of these replace baby teeth, while others don’t. Every child is different, so don’t worry if some teeth come in a few months early or late.
Despite their small size, baby teeth play a big role. They hold space for permanent teeth, plus aid in chewing, biting, speech, and appearance. Therefore, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene for a long-lasting and healthy smile.