Children's Dentistry in Columbus, OH

Our team at Shiflett Family Dental understands that your child is precious to you, and we believe that every child is unique and requires individualized attention. Led by experienced and gentle children's dentist Dr. Justin Shiflett, our staff and dental team have several years of experience working with children. 

young girl with brown hair smiling | best dentist columbus oh

We make every attempt to take care of all of your little one's dental needs in-house, so you don't have to hop around to different offices.

It's our goal to care for your child's smile so they can enjoy the glow of great oral health for life! We also want your child to feel comfortable and safe in our care, which is why we make every visit as positive, fun, and stress-free as possible.

Dr. Shiflett takes time to show your child exactly what will happen and explain all of the noises and tastes they might experience. He will walk them through their appointment step-by-step and keep it light and fun.

We sincerely hope you choose us if you are searching for children's dentistry in Columbus, OH.

What Is a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist in Columbus, OH specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating children's oral health needs from birth through teenage years. Our experienced children's dentists genuinely care for every young patient, and our goal is to ensure they have the healthiest smiles possible throughout their childhood and adolescence.

What Types of Treatments Do Pediatric Dentists Provide?

Our highly experienced and skilled children's dentist in Columbus, OH provides personalized care to our patients at every age. Dr. Shiflett and our friendly team offer the following pediatric dentistry services:

  • Oral health exams 
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Cavity removal 
  • Tooth fillings
  • Fluoride and sealant treatments
  • Evaluation of dental and jaw development 
  • Diagnosis and early treatment to correct bite misalignments and crooked teeth
  • Repair for dental injuries, such as displaced or fractured teeth
  • Gum disease prevention and management
  • Early detection of oral health conditions from conditions like diabetes, asthma, and ADHD 
  • Nutrition counseling 
  • Habit counseling for bottle-feeding, thumb-sucking, and more

Whatever your child needs, we are here to help every step of the way. 

When Should I Take My Child to the Dentist for Their First Visit?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that you take your child for their first dental checkup when their first tooth appears (usually around six months old) or before their first birthday. This allows Dr. Shiflett to make sure your child's teeth and oral cavity develop correctly and catch any early issues. These early visits are essential to familiarize your little one with the dental office and make future appointments smoother.

What If My Child Has a Tooth Knocked Out? 

family of four hugging outside | childrens dentist columbus oh

When kids play, they play hard. Unfortunately, while on a play date or during a sporting event, a child may have a tooth knocked out. When this happens, time is of the essence. The best course of action is to rinse the tooth off quickly if it's dirty and put it back in the socket.

Even if you are afraid you are inserting the tooth backward, you should do your best. The tooth has a much higher likelihood of survival if placed back in the mouth immediately rather than waiting until you get to the dentist's office. If you insert the tooth incorrectly, Dr. Shiflett can fix it when you arrive at our Columbus, OH dental office.

Be sure to call our office immediately, as this is a true dental emergency.

If you are uncomfortable putting the tooth back in the socket, you should place the tooth in a solution right away. Many athletic trainers, paramedics, and schools have ready-to-go solutions such as Hank's Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS) or Save-A-Tooth on hand. Alternatively, you can place the tooth in milk or water and bring it to the office with you.

Prevention is the best medicine, so Dr. Shiflett recommends athletes of all ages wear a mouthguard during practice and games.

Contact Shiflett Family Dental to Schedule Your Child's Next Appointment

If it's time for your son or daughter's next dental appointment, we'd love to meet them! Contact your Clintonville children's dentist today to schedule a convenient time for their next dental appointment.