Our office regularly cares for the dental needs of children as young as when the first tooth erupts, usually between the age of six months and one year. Bringing your child in at this age will allow him or her to become familiar with the sights, sounds, and friendly helpers in our dental office. Your child’s independent checkup will involve a tooth-by-tooth inspection and periodontal (gum) exam. Our dentist, will check for proper growth and development, as well as tooth decay and other areas of concern. Although there is no cure for dental disease, bringing your child in at an early age can go a long way in preventing problems. Primary (baby) teeth are so very important not only for proper chewing function and nutrition, but also for speech articulation, self-esteem, medical well being, and to hold space for the eventual eruption of adult teeth.
As your child grows, he or she will need regular checkups and hygiene visits to ensure optimal oral health. Our team will also teach oral homecare techniques to both the child and the parent or guardian, so that they may learn how to effectively brush and floss, with your help at first, then on his or her own. Our dentist may recommend dental sealants or fluoride supplements. Sealants are thin, clear coatings that protect hard-to-clean back teeth from the sugars that cause tooth decay. Fluoride attracts other minerals to strengthen tooth enamel and ward off cavities. Because most bottled water does not contain fluoride, your child may be deficient in this essential mineral. Sealants and fluoride supplements are quick and easy protective measures that can save your little one from cavities.
Let us help your children learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age. We will help you make the best choices for your child’s unique and precious personality.