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Pediatric Dentistry in Ooltewah, TN

pediatric dentist ooltewahAt Tedford Family and Pediatric Dentistry in Ooltewah, we take a preventive approach to our dentistry services by teaching that good dental habits and cleanings can be fun!


When should you schedule your child’s first visit? At Tedford Familiy and Pedatric Dentistry, we recommend starting early! The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children who are at risk of childhood cavities visit a pediatric dentist by the age of one. Early dental visits are not only crucial for cavities, but also for monitoring the effects of pacifiers, thumb-sucking, or baby bottling in relation to tooth decay and the overall development of the jaw and teeth. On average, primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, will begin to erupt between the ages of six to twelve months, and will continue to erupt until the age of three. During this time, it is critical that your child receives the right dental care, learns healthy dental habits, and experiences positive dental visits, in order to avoid fear or anxiety throughout maturity and into adulthood.


Your child’s 20 primary teeth are in place usually by the age of three. Permanent teeth (and frequent visits from the Tooth Fairy) will begin around the age of six. With the exception of wisdom teeth, all of your child’s teeth are present between the ages of 12 and 14. The next teeth to come in are the 12-year molars, followed by wisdom teeth around the age of 17 or older.

Our staff is skilled and gentle in introducing children to the process of teeth cleanings and dental examinations. Our goal at Tedford Family Dentistry is to offer an enjoyable experience for children and teens, keep them safe, comfortable, happy, and teach them that good dental habits can be fun!

You can be confident knowing that your child will get started off on the right foot with Tedford Family Dentistry in Ooltewah, TN.


Proper oral health is key. However, lack of dental care isn’t always the primary reason for cavities in kids. While brushing, flossing, and regular dentist visits can help prevent tooth decay, diet and genetics are also contributing factors. To prevent early childhood development of cavities, parents should have their child examined to find out their risk of cavities, as well as ensure that a proper diet, hydration, and oral health routine are maintained.


Our preventive approach to pediatric services includes:

Sealants: Sealants give your child’s teeth the extra protection they need against further tooth decay and help to prevent cavities. Consult with Dr. Tedford to see if a sealant is the proper dental treatment for your child.

Routine Teeth Cleanings: It is recommended that your child visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We also recommend fluoride treatments twice a year during cleanings to keep teeth strong.

Jaw Corrections: We also provide jaw corrections to eliminate teeth grinding, which can lead to temporomandibular disorders (TMD) that affect the jaw joint.

X-rays: In addition to obtaining medical and dental history, Tedford Family Dentistry may perform an in-depth clinical examination using Dental Radiographs, or x-rays, for diagnostic purposes and preventative dentistry. For child safety, dental radiography is practiced as minimally as reasonably possible. However, in some patients, x-rays are necessary to thoroughly examine tooth decay, poor health, crowding of the teeth, and cavities. 

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas): Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is a mild form of sedation most often used during dental procedures. Because nitrous oxide is safe for children, it can be used for simple cleanings if your child is feeling anxious. To ease anxiety, we’ll explain the procedure, why the laughing gas will relax them, and how it will make them feel in kid-friendly terms.

Dental Emergencies: Some pediatric dental emergencies may include tooth ache, excessive bleeding after the loss of a primary tooth, or a broken, chipped tooth. In the event of a dental emergency, call our office at (423) 238-8887. For all other emergencies dial 9-1-1.


Learn more about Pediatric Dentistry, contact our family dentistry office located in Ooltewah, TN or leave us a message! We also serve Collegedale TN, Chattanooga TN and Cleveland TN communities.