Children’s Dentistry
Mentor Ohio

Children’s dentistry, or pediatric dentistry, is a dental specialty that is dedicated to the oral health of children.

Children's Dentistry

Children’s dentistry, or pediatric dentistry, is a dental specialty that is dedicated to the oral health of children. This usually includes children infancy to the teen years. While it may seem early, it is important to bring your child into Dr. Crystal Dental around their first birthday to establish their “Dental Home”, which is consistent with guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. It is extremely important to begin early preventative strategies during infancy through teens, with a focus as well on lowering risk for cavities, proper dental development, proper jaw development, evaluation of lip and tongue ties, along with anticipatory guidance.


The entire team at Dr. Crystal Dental radiates compassion and enthusiasm. Every member embraces your individual comfort and dental needs. We seek balance in our practice, our procedures, and your health. You will find your entire dental experience with us comforting from start to finish. We balance exceptional, personalized dental care with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Call us today at 440-974-4449 to schedule your appointment for an evaluation regarding your infant or child. You can conveniently find us at 7223 Center Street, Mentor, Ohio, 44060.


Your child’s health is an extremely important element of being a parent. You want to help your child to grow up healthy and strong. You also want them to enjoy their smile, and to always experience as little discomfort as possible. Because of these reasons you will want to consider a dental practice that has training in working with


Dr. Crystal

Dr. Crystal is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, School of Dental Medicine and went on to receive training at one of the most prestigious dental residencies in the nation, The Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital Advanced Education in General Dentistry in San Antonio, TX.


Inform & Educate

We empower you to make wise, well-informed decisions for your oral health through patient education and individual consultation. We do this through the modern technology we offer. Our digital x-rays are equipped with special cavity-detecting software, and we also utilize an intraoral camera to show you what we see in your mouth. We also make sure to stay up-to-date on your medical history, current medications and any other factors that might affect your dental health and treatment.


Insurance & Billing

We are an insurance-friendly office, so please call us about your plan. We will do our best to assist you in maximizing your benefits. At your first visit to our Mentor dental practice, we will ask you for your current insurance information. We may ask you to confirm this information at subsequent visits so we can stay up-to-date and fully informed to serve you. As a courtesy to you, we file all claim forms electronically, provide postage for special claims, and we track claims for you.

Consistent Checkups and Cleanings are Crucial in Children’s Dentistry

Just like all adults, children should visit us for routine children’s dentistry services, such as checkups and cleanings. These cleanings are beneficial every six months. These regular children’s dentistry exams will help your child, you, and us to avoid unwanted cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. Just like a dental cleaning for you, Dr. Crystal Dental will remove persistent and damaging plaque and debris from your child’s teeth. We always give your child an oral exam, to make sure their teeth are coming in properly, that there is appropriate jaw development, as well as dental risk assessments at each visit. As your child grows older, we will also monitor them to make sure that their adult teeth are erupting properly.


Oral exams are a foundational part of children’s dentistry. It is extremely important to make sure that your child does not miss any cleanings and exams. What might have been a small cavity that we would have corrected early can grow rapidly for a child and end up requiring a more severe procedure. This can be an aspect of children’s dentistry that can certainly be difficult for any child of any age to undergo. Our primary focus is on prevention, but when the need arises for treatment Dr. Crystal Dental can provide options for treatment that are comfortable for your child.

Why is Dr. Crystal Dental Your Perfect Dentist for Pediatric Care?

A major facet of children’s dentistry is to find the right dentist for you and your child. You will want to make sure that you find a dentist that is qualified to perform children’s dentistry and does so on a regular basis. You will also want to make sure the dentist that you choose is good with children and is friendly. Dr. Crystal Dental is indeed both. Visiting the dentist can be challenging for your child, which is why our entire team ensures their comfort throughout the experience.


One of the added benefits of choosing Dr. Crystal Dental is your child’s ability to keep the same dentist past their childhood and into their teen and adult years. They can continue to visit us, a team that they know and trust.


If you wish to try the family friendly staff at Dr. Crystal Dental, consider an appointment for yourself first before your child. This will give you a feel for how we function, the attention to detail, the quality of our services, and our overall demeanor. This will define and expand your comfort zone when scheduling an appointment for your child. We need to get your child’s next checkup and cleaning on the schedule to establish a Dental Home. Dr. Crystal Dental will provide high-quality dental services for your child, all with a friendly smile.

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Simple Tips to Help Avoid Decay

As a parent, taking some early preventative steps can help to guard your child against tooth decay, even before their first dental visit:


  • Before the first tooth erupts, you may use a damp cloth or silicone finger brush to wipe you baby’s gums, just as you would if there were teeth.
  • After the first tooth erupts, you can use a damp cloth or soft bristled brush after feedings, but most importantly after the nighttime feedings to help remove milk or formula off their teeth.
  • As they teeth erupt, make sure to brush in the morning and in the evening with a soft bristled brush and water and ask us when it is ok to introduce a small, rice grain size, amount of toothpaste.
  • Always remember never to put your baby to bed with a bottle with anything in it other than water. Babies put to bed with bottles of milk can develop what is known as “baby bottle tooth decay” – teeth are cavities that commonly affect the top four front teeth on a young child, and it can spread to other teeth in the mouth.
  • Bottles should be weaned off of by age one and switching over to a 360⁰ cup to establish proper swallowing patterns, which aid in proper jaw development.
  • Bottles or sippy cups should only have water between mealtimes to lower risk for cavities.
  • Children should have an adult assist with brushing until close to age 7, or until they can tie their own shoelaces. It’s always helpful to continue monitoring their brushing to make sure they are spending enough time and helping them to clean any areas they may have missed.
  • Limit frequency of snacks and sugary beverages throughout the day
  • Increase the amount of whole foods (such as apples, carrots, etc) along with water to help prevent cavities.
  • Proper nasal breathing is also part of good dental health – it lowers risk for cavities as well as promotes appropriate jaw development. A child who snores and with an open mouth posture can show dental changes that can be detected early. Aside from the dental changes, there can be other underlying issues associated.

Comprehensive Dentistry

Comprehensive dentistry with Dr. Crystal Schneider, involves the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the teeth, gums and jaw. She believes that preventive care is the most important aspect of comprehensive dentistry. Dr. Schneider aims to identify and treat problems while they’re still small, which can save you time, money and more extensive dental treatment.

Cosmetic Dentistry

An attractive smile can boost your confidence, help you make better first impressions on others, and improve your personal and professional life. We provide several cosmetic dental treatments that can subtly enhance your smile, and there are many other more dramatic treatments, often called “smile makeovers,” that can give you the smile of your dreams.

Specialized Dentistry

Missing teeth can take the joy out of the everyday things we love, from smiling and talking with confidence to eating our favorite foods. All of these things can become easier again with specialized dental care. Dr. Schneider offers advanced treatments that will not just restore your smile to its former health – they’ll make it look and feel even better than before!

Our Devotion to Family Dentistry is Unparalleled

Our attention to detail is second to none. Either when it comes to your personalized dental care or the array of amenities in the relaxing comfort of our office. The entire team at Dr. Crystal Dental goes the extra mile in providing communication and consultation, realizing that we collectively are committed to developing long lasting relationships with every patient. We find gratification in life changing healthy smiles. Call us now at 440-974-4449 to make an appointment for you and your child. Our office is located at 7223 Center Street, Mentor, Ohio, 44060.