Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be fun!! The American Dental Association (ADA), American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that your child see the dentist when his or her first tooth erupts. Routine checkups and cleanings should be done every 6 months. It is not uncommon for children to be apprehensive for their first trip to the dentist. Using the "tell, show, do" technique, our team strives to make your little one feel special and look forward to future dental visits.
Baby Tooth Decay
Yes, kids can get cavities too! According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease-5 times more common than asthma, 4 times more common than early childhood obesity, and 20 times more common than diabetes." The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports more than a quarter of children have tooth decay in baby teeth before entering kindergarten and by the time children are 19 years old, they have had some decay in permanent teeth.
Prevention is the key! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily and add floss picks when the teeth start touching. Make sure your child has a healthy balanced diet avoiding gummy vitamins, fruit snacks, fruit roll ups, and other sticky sugary candies. Milk and juice contain sugar and should be limited in frequency and to mealtime. Proper homecare, regular dental visits, and a balanced diet will set the precedent for a lifetime of healthy habits.
Children’s Dental Services
- School Exams
- Dental Fillings
- Nitrous Oxide
- Emergency Care
- Athletic Mouth Guards
- Dental Education