Pediatric dentistry focuses on children from birth through their teenage years. Here at Family Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry, we would love to see your children and help them have a positive dental experience!
One of the most important components of pediatric dentistry is child psychology. We like to create a friendly, fun, social atmosphere for visiting children, and avoiding threatening words like “drill,” “needle,” and “injection.” Dental phobias beginning in childhood often continue into adulthood, so it is important that children have positive experiences and find their “dental home” as early as possible.
When should I start to bring my child to the dentist?
It is best to bring your child to the dentist by age 1, or within 6 months of getting their first tooth, whichever comes first. The sooner we are able to get your child used to having a "dental home," the more likely the child will have a positive dental experience.
What will happen when I bring my child to the dentist?
We will help promote the child's overall oral health and hygiene by placing particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of baby teeth, which are important in helping the child develop good chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.
Other important functions include:
Education – Our team likes to educate the child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology, thus emphasizing the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy. In addition, they advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.
Monitoring growth – By continuously tracking growth and development, the dentists are able to anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen. Also, working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves the child’s self-esteem and fosters a more positive self-image.
Prevention – Helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits reduces the chances of later tooth decay. In addition to providing check ups and dental cleanings, our dentists are also able to apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, advise parents on thumb- sucking/pacifier/smoking cessation, and provide good examples of brushing and flossing.
Intervention – In some cases, our dentists may discuss the possibility of early oral treatments with parents. In the case of oral injury, malocclusion (bad bite), or bruxism (grinding), space maintainers may be fitted, a nighttime mouth guard may be recommended, or reconstructive surgery may be recommended.
If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry, please contact our office.