We’re not just here to provide world class dental care. Our team at Growing Smiles in Charlotte, NC, is on a mission to change your child’s life by giving them a foundation for optimal oral health and bright shining smiles for a lifetime!
That starts with preventative care like brushing, flossing, healthy eating — and coming in for regular cleanings. This helps keep your child’s mouth, teeth, and gums healthy and can prevent problems like tooth decay.
Give our awesome team a call today or go online to schedule your child’s appointment!
Cleanings & Exams
Regular dental cleanings play a big role in preventing tooth decay or other dental problems. During a cleaning, we’ll gently remove the plaque and tartar that have built up on your child’s teeth, before giving them a brush and a polish. We’ll also conduct a thorough, pain-free dental exam to help make sure your child is on the right track.
Dental Education For Parent & Child
What’s the most important thing you can do to keep your child’s teeth healthy? Support their good oral hygiene habits. We’ll make sure both you and your child know exactly what a good oral hygiene routine looks like so that you’ll both feel confident and excited about practicing those skills at home!
Did you know that fluoride treatments can help literally rebuild the structure of your child’s teeth? Over time, tooth enamel — the hard exterior of the tooth — tends to wear away, whether from brushing, eating, or exposure to bacteria. Regular fluoride treatments can support the growth of new enamel and help your child’s teeth stay strong and healthy.
For teeth that may be especially difficult to brush, like back molars, we often recommend placing sealants. Sealants are thin strips of plastic that coat the surface of a tooth to create a physical, protective barrier that keeps bacteria at bay. This is a quick, easy fix that can last for years.
Composite Bonding (Fillings)
If your child has a chipped tooth or cavities, we can help! Using dental composite, a safe, tooth-colored material, we can repair cavities or minor cosmetic damage and flaws through a simple bonding procedure. Quick and affordable bonding can provide years of elegant results.
Sometimes, a tooth can become infected or damaged and start causing pain. That’s when we can perform a pulpotomy, also known as a root canal, to gently clean out any infected tissue inside the tooth before packing it and sealing it with a filling or a crown. We offer safe sedation options to help keep your child feeling comfortable during this simple, effective procedure.
In instances where your child’s tooth may be significantly decayed or damaged, dental crowns come into play. Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” fit over the affected tooth entirely. They are designed to mimic the look, function, and strength of natural teeth, enabling your child to continue eating, speaking, and smiling normally. Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, but for children, we usually use tooth-colored composite materials to ensure a natural look. Our team takes special care to ensure the crown is a perfect fit and comfortable for your child.
There are instances when the small tissue bands in the mouth, known as frenum, can cause issues in a child’s oral development and functioning. The most common issues include tongue-tie and lip-tie that restrict the movements of these parts, leading to speech difficulties, feeding problems, and dental issues. In these cases, a frenectomy may be required. A frenectomy is a straightforward and quick procedure that involves the removal or adjustment of the frenum.
At Growing Smiles, we make this procedure as comfortable and stress-free as possible for your child. Post-procedure, children often experience immediate improvements in eating, speaking, and overall oral health.