What To Expect
At Your Child’s First Appointment
It is recommended to bring your child in for their first dental appointment around their first birthday or as soon as their first tooth erupts; whichever comes first. Depending on your child’s age, the visit may include a full exam of the teeth, jaws, bite, gums, and oral tissues to check growth and development. If you are bringing in an infant or a young child, one of our dentists will inspect their gums and primary teeth to ensure their teeth are healthy and erupting properly.
- Children may get gentle cleaning done to remove plaque, tartar and stains followed by polishing of teeth.
- Dentists will explain brushing and flossing techniques and also advice on the need of fluoride treatment.
- Dentists might take X-rays if needed for diagnosis.
Our dentist will be happy to answer any questions or doubts that your or your little one has.
Restoring Infected Teeth
If a primary tooth becomes infected and results in premature tooth loss, it can cause other problems for your child’s oral development once their permanent teeth erupt. An infected tooth poses a serious issue for a kid’s oral health even though it’s in baby teeth. Pulpotomy is a minimal invasive procedure performed on the primary tooth that has extensive decay. It is also known as “Baby root canal’.
Preserving Your Child’s Smile
If a baby tooth is knocked-out in an accident or falls out due to decay, a space maintainer may be required to preserve your child’s dental health until their permanent tooth erupts. Space maintainers prevent surrounding teeth from shifting toward the empty socket where your child’s primary tooth used to be, ensuring that their adult tooth erupts properly. Call us right away if your child’s tooth was knocked-out or if they have been complaining of a persistent toothache. We will assess your child’s smile and offer honest advice about extractions and other restorative treatments like space maintainers.
The Importance Of Routine Visits
Finding a Dental Home
Bringing your child in for routine dental appointments from a very young age creates the best oral health outcomes and has a number of benefits:
- Your child will become comfortable with the process of seeing the dentist, allowing them to develop a genuine relationship with our team.
- Our dentists will get to know your child’s unique oral health challenges and address them during each appointment.
- Seeing your child every six months helps us track their oral health and development at regular intervals, and ensures that they get the right treatment at the right time.
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