Dental Choice dentists recommend taking your child to the dentist before the age of 2. At this age, children are more eager to learn new concepts, and they’ll most likely remember what the dentist tells them. The initial visits are mostly informative, and they seek to help parents establish a proper dental care routine for their children. Bringing your child every 6-12 months for dental exams and dental cleanings, until they are an adult will keep their appointments short and easy.
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Children’s dentistry, also known as pediatric dentistry, is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of children, from infancy through adolescence.
Our Pediatric dentists have additional training in dealing with the unique dental needs of children, including treating primary teeth, monitoring dental development, and addressing any issues that may arise, such as cavities or orthodontic problems.
Our Dentists also work to educate children and their parents about proper dental hygiene and diet to promote a lifetime of good oral health.
Why Dental Appointments Are Important for Kids
Regular dental check ups and teeth cleanings are crucial for kids to ensure their oral health and overall well-being. Visiting a pediatric dentist early and regularly can help catch any potential problems early, such as tooth decay or misalignment, and prevent more serious issues from developing.
Dental appointments also provide an opportunity to educate kids on proper oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing, and reinforce the importance of a healthy diet. Moreover, regular dental check ups can help alleviate dental anxiety in children and encourage a positive attitude towards dental care, setting the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health practices.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Children's Teeth
When should I take my child to the dentist?
If my child's baby teeth have a cavity, won't they just fall out?
Baby teeth with cavities will eventually fall out, but cavities on baby teeth can be painful and cause infection. They can also lead to premature tooth loss, which can have a negative impact on the alignment of your child’s teeth and the growth of adult teeth. The baby molar teeth are in fact larger than the adult premolar teeth that will eventually replace them, so they help to reserve space in the jaw for the adult teeth to come in.
How can I keep my child's teeth clean?
Brushing – Brushing of teeth should start even before your baby starts teething, run a clean, damp washcloth over the gums to clear away harmful bacteria. When your baby gets teeth, brush them with an infant toothbrush with a thin layer of toothpaste. Your kids should be able to brush their own teeth by the time they turn six years old. Brushing should be done twice a day using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and a special brush meant for kids. You should supervise the brushing process to ensure that your kid gets it right. This supervision might go on until they are about 8 or 9 years, when they can brush their teeth more efficiently.
Disclosing Tablets – Use disclosing tablets to ensure that your child’s teeth are clean after brushing. Disclosing tablets will display any plaque left on your child’s teeth. They’re easily chewable, ensuring that you won’t have trouble finding plaque.
Dental Sealants – Dental sealants are coatings made of thin, hard plastic that bond to the chewing surfaces at the back of the teeth. They help prevent cavities and plaque from building up in the grooves of your child’s teeth. Ask your dentist if dental sealants are needed as soon as the first molars appear, which is typically between the ages of six and seven years. At Dental Choice, we can look at your child’s teeth and decide if it’s appropriate to use dental sealants.
Dental Visits – Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be before the age of two. After that, you should take your child to the dentist every six to twelve months depending on your child’s needs and oral hygiene. You should make dental care fun to achieve desirable results. You can attain this by picking a friendlier dentist, who easily connects with children.
How can I make my child's dental experience easier?
A great way to encourage your children is to read children’s books about teeth and going to the dentist before bedtime. Books can make the difference, and this will help you kids lose some apprehension before their visit.
Schedule Your Child's Dental Appointment Today!
Our dentists love children and know how to communicate with them to make dentistry a little easier. Schedule your child’s dental appointment with Dental Choice online today!