Pediatric Dentistry in Charleston, WV
Specializing in dental care for infants, children, & adolescents since 1980.
Serving Families In Our Community
Your child deserves specialized dental care, and you deserve peace of mind. At Children’s Dentistry in Charleston, WV, we combine the best of both worlds – fun and healthcare – to bring kids and parents a great dental experience.
Whether it’s your child’s first visit to the dentist or you’re looking for a new dentist who can cater to your child’s specific needs, our experienced team is here for you. Our modern office with kid-friendly decor plus warm staff helps ensure a positive experience for your child to help build a lifetime of excellent oral health.
Pediatric dentists work with children from toddler to teenage years, paving the way for a healthy and beautiful smile. So say “goodbye” to dental fear and “hello” to fun dentistry just for kids!
Dentistry Designed for Kids
FAQs: The Lowdown on Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Wilkerson answers your questions.
Why a pediatric dentist?
Our pediatric specialists and staff love children and have special training to put them at ease. We teach your children the proper way to take care of their teeth, and just as important, they learn that going to the dentist can be fun.
What is a pediatric dentist (pedodontist)?
In the same way pediatricians are trained to meet a child’s medical needs, our pediatric dental specialists are uniquely qualified to protect your child’s oral health. Pediatric dentists have an additional two to three years of training at university pediatric facilities, on top of the four years of dental school and four years of college studies. Pediatric dentists are also trained and qualified to treat special needs patients, perform sedation dentistry, and treat in a hospital facility.
What dental problems could my child have?
Some dental problems begin very early in life. One concern is early childhood tooth decay, a serious condition caused by a child staying on the bottle or breast too long. Another problem is gum disease. About 40 percent of children aged two to three years have at least mild inflammation of gum tissue. Oral habits such as digit sucking should also be checked.
Why are baby teeth so important?
Primary teeth are important because they help with proper chewing and eating, speech development, and add to one’s appearance and confidence.
There’s more – healthy primary teeth allow normal development of the jaw bones and muscles, save space for permanent teeth, and guide teeth into place. If a baby tooth is lost too soon, permanent teeth may come in crooked.
What about preventative care?
Tooth decay and children no longer have to go hand-in-hand – at our office, we’re most concerned with all aspects of preventive care.
We use the latest in sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. Sealants are space-age plastics that bond to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth.
What about sterilization?
Your health and peace of mind are always our primary concern; therefore, we use state-of-the-art sterilization procedures. After each patient’s visit, we thoroughly disinfect the treatment area. We ultrasonically clean and heat-sterilize all non-disposable instruments, and our staff wears gloves and masks during procedures.