Gentle and Nurturing Care
About Pediatric Dental Care
It is important to teach children early on the proper methods of dental hygiene and to develop a comfortable dental relationship that will serve them well through their lives.
In most cases we can provide all of your children’s dental care. We carefully nurture a child’s natural curiosity to teach them the value of dental care. This allows your child to become comfortable with a visit to the dentist and paves the way for a future of excellent oral health. Our goal is to prevent future dental problems through simple treatments including regular fluoride rinses and sealants. Our practice prides itself on the gentle and nurturing care that we provide to our office’s youngest visitors. When necessary, we will make the appropriate referrals to a pediatric dentist.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist
You should schedule your child’s first routine visit after their third birthday. No child is too young for a first dental visit if you see a problem or have a question. During your child’s first routine examination we will gently examine his or her teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken in order to reveal any decay and check on the progress of the teeth that are still forming. We may also clean his or her teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect them from decay.
Children develop new teeth from age 3 months to the age 6 years. Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3 years old. As a child nears the age 6, the jaw grows, making room for the permanent teeth. At the same time, the roots of the baby teeth begin to be absorbed by the tissues around them and the permanent teeth under them begin to erupt.
From the age 6 to 12 a child will be losing baby teeth and getting their permanent adult teeth. By the time a child reaches age 21, all 32 permanent teeth will likely have erupted.
Preventative dental checkups can help with the detection of oral health problems long before the onset of symptoms. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that your child visit your family dentist for a checkup a minimum of two times each year. Such checkups provide routine or deep cleanings to eliminate plaque buildup and prevent tooth decay. If necessary, we provide fluoride treatments to help coat the teeth, a procedure also important in the prevention of tooth decay.