Expert Care Until Your Little Penguin Leaves the Rookery

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As your child grows, they’ll need a reliable, kind, and experienced pediatric dentist to help them navigate the ins-and-outs of taking care of their pearly whites. As a parent, you’ll also want a reliable and knowledgeable dentist to let you know what to expect as your little one’s smile develops. At Little Penguin Pediatric Dentistry, we’re passionate about providing expert care you can trust, and as a specially-trained pediatric dentist in Prosper, Dr. Peng is excited to guide your family towards a future full of healthy and happy smiles.

How Is a Pediatric Dentist Different from a General Dentist?

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Pediatric dentists are able to use their title because in addition to undergoing years of education in an academic setting to get their dental degree, they also have to complete a rigorous two to three-year specialty residency. These are designed to fully immerse dentists in scientific study and clinical experience focused on treating children’s dental problems and learning about developing smiles. General dentists aren’t required to complete this additional residency program, meaning they have limited knowledge and specialty experience treating infants, children, and teens upon obtaining their dental degree.

What Are the Benefits of Taking My Child to a Pediatric Dentist?

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Due to their extensive clinical experience and education, pediatric dentists are incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to treating developing smiles, which means they offer several kid-specific dental services. These include pulp therapy, or baby root canals, in addition to lip and tongue-tie treatments and many others. Because of this, you’re less likely to have your child referred out to a different practice, ensuring they’re able to stay with the same team that they trust and feel comfortable with.

What Ages Do Pediatric Dentists Treat?

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Pediatric dentists can treat your child at every stage of their life, up until they turn 18 years old. This ensures that their dental and oral development will be overseen by an expert all the way up until their smile is done growing.

Dentistry for Infants

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Typically, the first visit that your little one will have with their pediatric dentist will be whenever their first tooth grows in, or by their first birthday. These early checkups will ensure that their teeth are erupting as they’re supposed to, as well as be an educational tool for parents to learn how to properly begin cleaning their child’s teeth and gums.

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Dentistry for Toddlers

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As your child gets a little older and enters their toddler years, their pediatric dentist will begin recommending professional teeth cleanings for them, too. Since they’ll already have a good relationship with our team and office from when they started coming as infants, our goal is to make these visits as fun, positive, and educational as possible!

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Dentistry for Children

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Your child will begin losing their baby teeth as early as five and as late as seven years old. During this time, their pediatric dentist in Prosper can help them know what to expect and teach them crucial dental hygiene skills to keep their new, permanent teeth healthy when they grow in.

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Dentistry for Teens

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Even as a teen, your child can benefit from seeing a pediatric dentist, as their smile is still growing. We offer same-day emergency dental appointments in case they ever have an accident while playing on their school athletics team and can refer them to a trusted orthodontist if they need braces!

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Children with Special Needs

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As a team of specially trained dental experts who solely treat children, we have the tools and knowledge necessary to provide little ones with intellectual and physical disabilities with the high-quality care they deserve. Simply call our office before their appointment and inform us of any needs they may have, so we can make their visit as wonderful and comfortable as possible.

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