Pediatric Dental Care
Dr. Hamrick and his staff are committed to providing your child with friendly care that is designed to make their early experiences at the dental clinic positive ones, which is so important to ensure they continue to have positive associations about the dentist as they grow older. One of the biggest benefits we offer our clients is continuity of care and services tailored to meet the needs of your entire family. By establishing comprehensive, lifelong relationships, we not only create a relationship of trust, we also deepen our understanding of you and your child’s unique oral health care needs, which may include things such as predisposition to periodontal disease or misaligned teeth.
As a native of Greenville and fourth generation dentist, Dr. Preston Hamrick is proud to serve this community by developing personal relationships with all his patients and working hard to understand your child’s needs and goals and provide them with the care they need as infants, children, teenagers, and into adulthood. He is also committed to making sure your children feel safe and comfortable at our clinic and receive the care they need to enjoy good oral health throughout their formative years and establish the habits necessary to continue enjoying good oral health into adulthood.
Read on to learn more about how to ensure your child can have good oral health, or to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services, call us today at 864.292.5125.
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Tips to Help Your Child Avoid Tooth Decay
Following the emergence of your child’s first tooth is a good time to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Hamrick, who can perform a general evaluation to ensure that your child’s teeth are developing properly and answer any questions you may have about how to provide your child proper oral care at home.
As newborns, the most important things you can do to provide a strong foundation for their oral health include:
- Use a damp cloth to wipe down your baby’s teeth after feeding, especially before they go to sleep to reduce the risk of a cavity.
- Your child should be weaned from bottled milk or breastfeeding around one year of age to reduce their risk of jaw growth issues and decay that can develop because of excessive sucking
- As soon as their first tooth appears you should begin brushing it using a soft bristled toothbrush and water. Although far less likely, cavities can develop in even a small piece of tooth. Dr. Hamrick will advise you on when to begin using toothpaste and what types of toothpaste he recommends.
- Do not give your child milk or sugary drinks before bedtime.
- Limit or avoid sugary foods and beverages for your child.
- If your child does drink sugary beverages, have them use a straw to reduce contact of the liquid to their teeth.
One of the best things you can do to help your child have healthy teeth and gums their whole life long is to help them establish good oral hygiene habits early on. It is important to brush and floss your teeth in front of your child and explain proper techniques of oral hygiene. As your child grows old enough to brush their own teeth, it is important to evaluate their brushing technique and oral health routine to ensure they are practicing proper techniques and brushing all areas of their mouth. If you or your child have any questions about proper brushing techniques, Dr. Hamrick is happy to provide you with demonstrations and recommendations for optimal oral health self-care.
Cavity Repair and Regular Cleanings
Cavities are very common among children, even if they follow excellent oral self-care. This is because baby teeth are not as strong as adult teeth and are more prone to cavities. Fortunately, dental fillings are a safe, effective, and practically painless treatment for correcting cavities.
To ensure the sustained oral health of your child, we encourage our clients to schedule regular dental cleanings at least every six months to ensure the health and sustained brightness of your child’s smile. In addition to giving your children’s teeth a professional cleaning, these visits are also an opportunity for Dr. Preston Hamrick to evaluate their overall oral health, as he looks for any indications of underlying issue that may require treatment, such as cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. These regular examinations also allow Dr. Hamrick to monitor your child’s development and ensure their teeth are coming in correctly.
Cost of Care
The cost of care will depend on the type of procedure that is performed. For patients with dental insurance, the total out of pocket costs will depend on whether the procedure is covered under your plan, and if so, how much is covered. Our staff are happy to review your coverage and ensure you maximize your benefits and have minimal out of pocket expenses.
If you are a patient at our practice and do not have dental insurance, consider joining our membership club. Because we value your loyalty, we have launched this club to help save you money on treatment and simplify payments for preventative care. We offer three levels of membership: child, adult, and perio membership. Professional dental cleanings, doctor exams, necessary X-rays, and a 5% discount on all other treatment (some exclusions apply) are included in all membership packages.
You can sign up today and start saving money on treatment online or call us at (864) 292-5125.
For your convenience, we accept all forms of credit and debit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.
Providing Your Child with the Care They Need
At Heritage Dentistry in Greenville, South Carolina, we are committed to providing 5-star customer service that is relationship based, along with a comprehensive range of treatment options that will provide your child with the care they need. To learn more about our children’s dental services, contact our Greenville dental team today at (684) 292-5125.