Pediatric Dentistry in Erie, PA

Pediatric Dentistry Erie, PA Dr. Kevin Mahoney

We are dedicated to the oral health of your child. Our team offers various pediatric dentistry services to help with dental anxieties and phobias.

We have "Dogtor" Gizmo, our therapy dog who will sit with your child throughout the whole treatment. Dr. Kevin Mahoney is also a board certified Dentist Anesthesiologist and has been providing the benefits of sleep dentistry to his patients for over 18 years.

Young children, pre-teens, and teenagers all need different paths to help them avoid future dental problems and guide them through a healthy dental growth and development.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dentistry

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

When you take your children to see a pediatric dentist, you are getting a dentist who has 2 additional years of specialty training and is dedicated to the oral hygiene of your children, from infancy all the way to the teenage years. This ensures that we can guide them through the growth and development of their unique dental needs.

How Often Should a Child See a Dentist?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should receive a dental check-up at least twice a year. This may vary depending on the amount of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns, or poor oral hygiene. It is important that your child gets a professional teeth cleanings and flouride treatments to help prevent future cavities.

How do I Prevent Cavities?

It’s very important to maintaining good oral hygiene for you and your children. For infants, it's good to use a wet washcloth or a piece of gauze to wipe away the plaque from their teeth and gums. Make sure to avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water.

With older children, make sure they are brushing at least two times a day. It is also a good idea to limit the number of snacks with sugar in them. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends six-month visits to the pediatric dentist, this begins at your child's first birthday.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is an element that has been proven to be beneficial to the health of your teeth. It has been documented to be not only safe, but highly effective at preventing cavities. The greatest risk when using fluoride is with children that tend to swallow their toothpaste. This could lead to an excessive amount of consumption of fluoride, which could lead to fluorosis. You can take these steps to decrease the risk of using fluoride:

  1. Use a small amount of toothpaste when brushing your children's teeth.
  2. Use baby tooth cleanser on the toothbrushes of very young children.
  3. Account for all sources of fluoride in your food and liquid
  4. Before giving your child fluoride supplements, test your water for the amount of fluoride.