Going to the dentist is an essential part of your child’s physical well being, and it is important to find a pediatric dentist for your child early in their life that offers a calm atmosphere.  At Southwest Family Dentistry in Lake City, FL, we do our best to make children feel at home while taking care of their teeth. Doctor John Batlle is experienced and knowledgeable in children’s dentistry, and is well aware of the fact that children’s dentistry requires a soothing environment that can accommodate their particular needs . You can be assured that our dentist will treat your child like FAMILY; thus, making the dental experience truly pleasant.

Tooth decay is one of the most common problems associated with children’s dentistry. Sealants are a great way to protect children’s teeth from cavities. You can tell your child that sealants are like walls that protect against bacteria. When sealants are in place, your child’s teeth are no longer vulnerable to cavities.

Molars are more prone to cavities, as these teeth have larger grooves for chewing and grinding food. This is also the set of teeth that are the most difficult to reach and clean effectively, especially for children who are just learning how to brush properly. A child’s first permanent molars typically first appear between the ages of 5 and 7 years old, and the second molars erupt around age 12.  Therefore, it is recommended to have sealants placed when the molars start appearing to ensure that your child’s teeth are protected early.

Sealant application is a quick and painless procedure at Southwest Family Dentistry in Lake City, FL. An adhesive is first applied to the teeth, after which the sealant is placed over it, very much like painting the chewing surface of the tooth. The sealant then hardens and acts as a barrier from food particles and bacteria. Sealants typically last for 10 years and can always be reapplied if necessary.

In addition to sealant application, children’s dentistry also involves teaching your child proper brushing techniques and giving them advice on good nutrition. Southwest Family Dentistry in Lake City, FL also performs tooth extractions, treats cavities and other procedures. We understand the diverse needs of our young patients and will do our best to make their visits as pleasant as possible.

Dr. John Batlle and his team at Southwest Family Dentistry are well experienced and trained in children’s dentistry.  We strive to make all children who come to us for treatment feel safe and comfortable during their visits to the dentist. Dental care does not have to be a scary thing for your child. Our warm and caring dental team will walk your child through their appointment in a way that will make his or her trip to the dentist something to look forward to. In Lake City, FL, we are here for your child when it comes to their dental care. Call (386) 752-1220 now to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Lake City, FL.