Dentistry for Kids
We love working with all of our young patients and know that they have unique requirements when going to the dentist. We never try to push young children so that they end up afraid of the dentist’s office. We want for their visit to to be as enjoyable and comfortable as it can be, as well as for them to develop life-long relationships with our dentist’s office.
Dr. Sanders and Dr. Loe encourage parents of small children to take them along to the parent’s routine dental appointment so the little one is able to see what goes on at the visit, and become acquainted with our staff and office.
In our practice we normally have a child’s first cleaning around age 3 ½. At that age, children are very inquisitive and learning many new words and ideas and we use their natural curiosity to explain everything we are going to do in words that they can understand. It is very unusual at that age for a child to have any cavities unless they have been getting a lot of sugary drinks or snacks. Most children will come in for several cleanings before they ever need to have any dental work done.
Our dental practice has developed relationships with some excellent orthodontists in the area and can refer you and your child to an orthodontist if an exam reveals crowded or crooked teeth, or issues with the palate. We can help you choose the best orthodontist that meets the needs and temperament of your child.
When New Teeth Arrive:
Your child’s first tooth erupts between ages 6-12 months and the remainder of their 20 primary or “baby” teeth typically erupt by age 3. During this time, gums may feel tender and sore, causing your child to feel irritable. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring.
Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood, and their permanent teeth begin erupting at age six and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or 32 including wisdom teeth.
Tips For Your Family’s Oral Health:
• Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
• Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
• Watch what your child drinks.
• Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
• Make treats part of meals.
• Choose nutritious snacks.
Good oral hygiene at your home is really important and really needs to start at a rather early age. We take the time to instruct parents and kids on correct brushing and flossing methods to enable them to enjoy great dental health for life.