While many dentists in the Triad market “pediatric services,” only a select few providers are qualified as pediatric dentists. Dr. Sona Isharani of Triad Dentistry holds this distinction; as a board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Isharani completed three years of specialized training in pediatric dentistry from the University of Maryland, and she went on to complete her Fellowship program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine’s Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Caregivers and parents trust their children’s smiles and health to Dr. Isharani’s extensive knowledge and experience caring for pediatric patients’ unique needs.
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of the dental world. As a pediatric dentist. Dr. Isharani limits the scope of her practice to infants, children, and teens. So, she is uniquely qualified to provide primary and specialty oral care to youth of all ages. Triad Dentistry likes to examine children’s teeth for the first time by their first birthdays. This is as much about getting parents and caregivers comfortable with properly cleaning their baby’s mouths as it is about checking for and identifying problems that have big consequences for oral development in a timely fashion.
While each child’s tooth and jaw development are unique to them, generally between the ages of six to 12 months, infants lower and upper front teeth are visible. A good rule of thumb is that around four teeth erupt or break through the gums every six months. So, by the time your child is a toddler, all of his or her baby or primary teeth should be visible.
Yes, baby teeth fall out. But they’re also important for healthy oral and overall development. They:
Just like with adult patients, pediatric patients should visit their dentist at least every six months. These visits provide opportunities for Dr. Isharani to examine the teeth, gums, and other oral structures for abnormalities that may require early and prompt attention. During these visits, our fun and friendly hygienists clean your child’s teeth with professional tools and techniques. Professional cleanings remove what brushing and flossing at home can’t; stubborn, stuck-on tartar or calculus that promotes decay and inflammation that erodes gum tissue. Your child will continue to keep this healthy routine throughout childhood and adolescence, and as their needs for care evolve.
We’ve made it easy for children and their parents to maintain continuity of care with the team they’ve come to know and trust, as your child will eventually “graduate” to treatment at Triad Dentistry’s adult practice. For your family’s convenience, Drs Steven Hatcher, Chad Merrell, and Brian Coates are available the next street over from Dr. Isharani’s office on Oakcrest Avenue.
Until recently, if you opened the dictionary to the word "dentophobia" my picture would have been the illustration for the person with THE biggest fear of a dentist ever. That's until I visited Dr. Hatcher's practice. I thought I must have had a file marked "handle with care" and that everyone was going out of their way to put me at ease until I figured out that's just how they do things there. From making my appointment, to my intake interview, to actual procedures, the entire staff has treated me with respect and care. I still have some dental adventures ahead of me, but I feel confident knowing I'm in good and capable hands. I have already recommended this practice to several friends, and won't hesitate to keep doing so. My gratitude to the practice for taking care of my teeth - and me.
As your child gets older, oral development can present new considerations for dental care and challenges. Some of the common conditions that Dr. Isharani sees and treats include:
With early, ongoing visits, in partnership with you, we can prevent many of these conditions. Other preventive services include dental sealants to protect decay-prone back teeth. Call (336) 383-1482 to schedule your child’s visit.