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Pediatric Services

As kids get older and start to lose their baby teeth, many parents wonder if the teeth are erupting correctly and about the right age for braces. While your child's teeth might appear to be straight, there are some early problems which raise red flags.

It is important that from an early age, children become accustomed to going to the dentist. This is so that the child gets used to the environment, and also has regular maintenance and oral hygiene appointments to prevent problems as they get older.

Early diagnoses and detection of dental decay or disease is paramount to the dental health of the child in adult life.

First Visit

When should a child’s first dental visit be? A child’s first dental visit should be when their first tooth erupts and no later than one year old. Early examination and initiating preventive care will protect a child’s smile now and in the future. We want to be the dental home for your child, so we can continue to maintain your child’s good oral health.

If your child has not seen a dentist before, please give us a call so we may prepare you and your child for the first visit. We invite you to take your child on a tour of the dental office in advance of your appointment. This will create a sense of familiarity when the real appointment rolls around. Before your child’s first visit, ask us about the procedures to expect, so there are no surprises. Talk to your child about what to expect, and build excitement as well as understanding about the upcoming visit.

After your first visit, we will schedule a six-month check-up appointment. It is especially important that children have semi-annual check-ups. The reasons are simple: Changes occur in a child’s mouth faster than in an adult mouth; while new teeth are forming, the jawbone continues to grow.

Dental Sealants

These are placed on the surfaces of the permanent teeth on children usually from the age of six years old onwards (when the first permanent teeth erupt). This reduces the risk of early decay in the pits and fissures of the permanent teeth.

Tooth brushing & Children Mouth Guards

Tooth brushing technique and instruction along with dietary advice is a major part of children’s dentistry at the regular checkups. We also provide mouth guards for children to prevent any injury

Space Maintainers

Space maintainers can be very important to your child’s long-term oral health. If your child loses a baby tooth early through guidance eruption, decay, or injury, his or her other teeth could shift and begin to fill the vacant space. When your child’s permanent teeth emerge, there’s not enough room for them. The result is crooked or crowded teeth and difficulties with chewing or speaking.

Space maintainers are used to hold the spot left by the lost tooth until the permanent tooth emerges. The space maintainer might be a band or a temporary crown attached to one side of the vacant space. Later, as the permanent tooth emerges, the device is removed.

Contact Paul L. Gregory DDS today to learn more about our pediatric dentistry services.

Our Happy Patients

"Dr. Gregory has been my dentist for 20+ years. He is an excellent and thorough dentist. Recently I undertook a smile restoration with 6 porcelain veneers. Dr. Gregory did an excellent job explaining all the ins and outs of the procedure, and did all of the work to his usual high standard. I couldn't be happier!"

Andrew R. Andrew R.

"Dr. Gregory is the BEST dentist I've ever been to. He has taken great care of me for the almost 10 years that I have seen him for preventative care and also now is helping me straighten my teeth using aligners. He has a terrific "bedside" manner, only does what is necessary, and is clear and thorough in every cleaning. He will fit you in when you need to see him and takes ample time at every visit. At every routine care visit, he is incredibly thorough. He's also a nice person, and I love that it's a family business and his sister helps him run the business. You can't go wrong with choosing Dr. Gregory as your dentist!!"

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"My husband and I have been patients of Dr Paul Gregory for over a decade. He is an excellent highly skilled dentist who is also a caring and conscientious and professional who always puts his patients first above monetary considerations. He is personable and trustworthy and makes each visit a pleasure and how many dentists can you say that about lol. Most importantly I know he has our best interest at heart and knows his field and we trust him to give us the best possible care. A shout out to his sister Linda who is the office manager. She is a lovely person who is extremely well organized and runs the office super smoothly and it is always a joy to chat with her. I give Dr. Gregory my highest recommendation."

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