We’re here to help you get your children started on a lifelong path to great oral health—and that begins with their very first visit to the dentist.
We hire members of our team based on nurturing personalities. Many of our team members have their own children, so we know firsthand how important the first few dental visits are in a child’s life (psst—part of our secret is that we distract them with toys and cartoons!).
Educating children on proper oral health is really important to us. This year our annual Brush-a-Mania will be held virtually. This is an educational event designed to teach children on the importance of regular brushing and flossing. We also teach them proper technique.
If your child is ready for their first visit to the dentist we’re here to help you get them started on the right path to a big smile. Simply fill out our contact form and we’ll be in touch.
FAQ about kids’ dentistry
Here are some of the most common questions we get regarding the oral health of children.
If you have a question that isn’t listed here please let us know and we’ll be happy to help!
When should a child have their first visit to the dentist?
We like to see how a child’s teeth are doing at about six months to one year old, usually right about the time when their first tooth begins to show.
At this stage in their development it’s more about educating you on what to do or not do while your kids get used to the dental care environment. We simply check their teeth and give them a little polish!
How should I prepare my child for their first visit?
Kids naturally take their cue from you. The best thing you can do to get your child ready for their first visit to the dentist is to maintain a positive attitude. If you’re saying negative things, or displaying apprehension about dental visits, they may fear an unpleasant experience and resist the appointment.
We find it helpful if you can show your child pictures of the dental office and our team on our website! Let them know that we are here to help them succeed in life by teaching them how to take care of something very important: their teeth.
Our team members know to make your child feel at ease during their first few visits.
Why do we need to provide care for baby teeth, which aren’t permanent?
Although they don’t last as long as permanent teeth, your child’s first teeth play an important role in his or her development. While they’re in place, these primary teeth help your little one speak, smile, and chew properly.
They also hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth. If a child loses a tooth too early (due to damage or decay) nearby teeth may encroach on that space, which can result in crooked or misplaced permanent adult teeth.
What are some of the most common dental problems in dids?
When a child’s permanent teeth come in it is important to stop (or minimize) the habit of thumbsucking as this may cause problems like misaligned teeth. It is also possible for thumbsucking to alter the roof of your child’s mouth.
Also, if your child has a bottle with them overnight it is very important to fill it with water and nothing else, as juice or milk can contribute to tooth decay.
Dos and don’ts for kids’ dental health
We’ve got some great advice to help you and your children have a healthy, lifelong smile.
1. Regular checkups.
2. Daily brushing and flossing (at least twice per day).
3. Check your child’s teeth for white or brown spots at least once per month.
4. Begin brushing your baby’s teeth when they first come in.
5. Take your baby to the dentist at one year old.
1. Don’t eat sugar or drink pop without brushing afterwards.
2. Don’t use teeth as a tool.
3. Don’t wiggle or pull on a loose tooth (visit your dentist right away!).
Great dental care for the whole family
A lifetime of great oral health begins when we’re children. The faster we form a positive view about visiting the dentist the more likely we are to have a healthy smile that keeps us grinning through life.
If you have young ones who are ready for their first visit then simply fill out our contact form and we’ll get in touch to set up an appointment