Pediatric Dentistry

Linda Jones-Laper, DDS

Family Dentist & General Dentist located in Elkridge, MD

When looking for a dentist for your child, you want someone who can not only take care of your child’s teeth, but make them feel comfortable in the dentist’s chair too. Linda Jones-Laper, DDS, PC, in Elkridge, Maryland, is a family dentist who takes great pride in how she treats her patients and their teeth, no matter their age. If you’re looking for a gentle dentist who can help keep your child’s teeth healthy and cavity-free, call the office today or use the online booking agent to schedule an appointment.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

When should children start going to the dentist?

Children should be seen by the dentist by the time they’re a year old. Getting your child in to see Dr. Jones-Laper as early as possible may help improve their oral health and their comfort level at the dentist’s office.

Dr. Jones-Laper may not spend a lot of time in your child’s mouth during the first visit, but she’ll be able to get a good picture of their oral health based on what she sees and information from you.

A pediatric dental visit may include:

  • A cleaning
  • An oral exam
  • X-rays if needed
  • Education on good oral habits

How can cavities be prevented in children?

Practicing good oral hygiene as soon as possible is how you prevent cavities in children. Dr. Jones-Laper may spend much of her time during your visits talking to you and your child about good oral care and preventing cavities.

To keep your child’s teeth cavity-free, they need to regularly brush their teeth and tongue. It also helps to use an age-appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste. Taking good care of your child’s baby teeth sets the stage for healthy adult teeth.

A healthy diet is also an important part of good oral hygiene and preventing cavities. Dr. Jones-Laper recommends eating more healthy foods and less soda, juice, sweets, and carbs, such as pretzels and potato chips.

Once your child is 4, Dr. Jones-Laper may talk to you about flossing. This may be a bit more challenging than brushing, but it’s an important step in the early years. You have to help your child floss until they’re about 8 years old.

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are plastic coatings that protect your child’s teeth from decay. The coating is placed on your child’s permanent teeth in the back of their mouth.

Placement of the sealants isn’t painful and takes only a few minutes. And once they’re in, your child won’t even notice. If Dr. Jones-Laper recommends sealants for your child, she may be able to place them on the same day.

Do children need fluoride to prevent cavities?

Fluoride protects children against tooth decay and cavities. As a mineral, it strengthens the enamel, offering additional protection against bacteria.

Maryland doesn’t participate in the water fluoridation program. Dr. Jones-Laper may recommend using kid-friendly fluoridated mouthwashes or toothpaste to improve the strength and health of your child’s teeth.