Our office is very eager to treat and educate children and their parents to create and maintain long-term healthy smiles. Going to the dentist can make kids nervous at first, but bringing your child to the dentist early also acclimates your child to our environment, possibly reducing anxiety and fear, which can make for plenty of stress-free visits in the future. It is our goal to introduce children to the dental environment and encourage them to enjoy taking care of their oral health.
Children should visit the dentist no later than six months after the first tooth erupts, or before the child’s first birthday. Taking your child to the dentist at a young age is the best way to ensure good oral health habits start early. Decay can occur as soon as teeth appear, so practicing good oral care at home with your children is very important to prevent cavities and other dental problems.
Appointments for children include:
We educate the child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology; emphasizing the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy. In addition, we advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.
By continuously tracking growth and development, we are able to anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen. Working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves the child’s self-esteem and fosters a more positive self-image.
Helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits reduces the chances of later tooth decay. In addition to providing check ups and dental cleanings, we can also apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, advise parents on thumb-sucking/pacifier/smoking cessation, and provide good demonstrations of brushing and flossing.
In some cases, dentists may discuss the possibility of early oral treatments with parents. In the case of oral injury, malocclusion (bad bite), or bruxism (grinding), space maintainers may be fitted, a nighttime mouth guard may be recommended, or reconstructive surgery may be scheduled.
If you have questions or concerns about dentistry for your children, please contact our office.