The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children should have their first dental visit by their first birthday. It is important that your child’s newly erupted teeth receive proper dental care and the benefits of proper oral hygiene habits right from the start. By starting early, we can establish and develop a relationship with your child. It is never too early to educate your family about common dental issues or concerns that are specific to young children. We would like your child to know that routine dental visits will be a normal part of growing up. Remind them that you also visit the dentist regularly.
The primary concern in very young children is “Early Childhood Caries” also known as “baby bottle tooth decay”. This can be avoided with early prevention and supervised home care. Dr. Miller will discuss your child’s risk of dental decay at this first visit.
Children are not born with a natural fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. Our office makes a special effort to use non-frightening, pleasant words to describe our procedures. We want you and your family to feel at ease the moment you arrive at our office. A positive first visit builds trust and sets the foundation for future appointments. We encourage you and your child to ask any questions that you have or discuss any anxiety they feel.
Preventative Dental Care
We believe that every child should be seen at least every six months for continued optimal oral health. This appointment will include an exam of the teeth, soft tissues, tongue, TMJ and your child’s occlusion (bite) and dental growth. We will also perform a prophylaxis (cleaning), fluoride treatment and possible radiographs (X-rays). Nutrition and your child’s diet may also be discussed.
We can assist with sealants, fluoride varnish, composite resins (tooth-colored fillings), crowns, extractions, space maintainers, bleaching and mouth guards.
Dental emergencies can include a toothache, abscess, trauma to the tongue, cheek or lip, knocked out baby or permanent teeth, fractured/chipped teeth, head trauma or possible broken jaws.
For many dental emergencies, time is of the essence. Most traumas need to be evaluated and treated as soon as possible to ensure the most favorable prognosis or success. If your child does have an accident, please call our office immediately so we may assess your child’s needs and recommended treatment.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide Sedation (laughing gas) may help calm the anxious or nervous child. Nitrous Oxide is a gas mixed with oxygen that is breathed through the nose and has a calming effect. Patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their dental visit. After treatment, the Nitrous is turned off while the Oxygen remains to flush any remaining gas from the lungs. Nitrous Oxide has very few side effects which can include nausea and constipation.
Small children, those with extensive treatment plans or children with special needs may have their needed procedures completed as an outpatient surgery under general anesthesia.
Special needs children who are challenged physically or mentally are welcome.
Digital x-rays are available at the Children’s Dental Clinic and use less radiation than traditional x-rays. This can be a comfort for parents worried about radiation exposure for their young children.
Radiographs or x-rays are a vital and necessary part of your child’s dental diagnostic process. They can detect much more than just cavities. They can verify erupting teeth, detect extra or missing teeth, diagnose bone disease, evaluate the results of an injury or confirm a dental infection.
Digital x-rays have the added benefit of being read immediately and viewed with parents on the computer monitor right in the exam room.
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We strive to build your child’s trust so they can have a positive experience and enjoy their dental visits. Contact us today to schedule their first appointment.