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Pediatric Dentistry


The foundation for a lifetime of good oral health starts early. Keep your child smiling with healthy habits and regular cleanings. We love caring for children's teeth, and we'd be honored to help your child smile brighter.


Your child’s first visit

The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. You may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.


We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums. We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. We will also review how you as a parent/guardian can help clean and care for your child’s teeth.


What should I tell my child about the first dental visit?

Here are some “First Visit” tips:

  • Take your child for a “preview” of the office
  • Read books with them about going to the dentist
  • Discuss what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit. For example, during a child's first visit, the dentist will:
    1. Examine mouth, teeth and gums
    2. Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking
    3. Check to see if fluoride is needed
    4. Discuss cleaning your teeth and gums
    5. Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits
  • Speak positively about your own dental experiences


What about preventive care?

We believe strongly in the importance of preventive care, and we take measures to establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. These measures include dental sealants if necessary to protect your child's teeth. Dental sealants are space-age plastics that are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth.


Cavity prevention

Cavities are often due to inadequate brushing and a diet high in sugary foods. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly can help. The longer it takes your child to chew their food and the longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities.


Tips for cavity prevention

  • Limit frequency of meals and snacks
  • Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing
  • Avoid sugary drinks
  • Avoid giving your child sticky foods
  • Choose nutritious snacks


Baby teeth

The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth. These typically appear when your baby is approximately 6-8 months old.


By the age of 2 1/2 years, your child should have all 20 "baby" teeth. Between the ages of 5 and 6, the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don’t. Don’t worry if some teeth are a few months early or late, as all children develop on individual schedules..


Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but also help with chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.

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