Seeing a family dentist provides more convenience and flexibility for the entire family. Dr. Emily Ann Reece provides dental treatments for all ages at Reedy Creek Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Your child’s first dental visits are important to teach them about oral health maintenance. They also help establish a relationship with the dentist to alleviate any anxiety surrounding dental care.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
We encourage parents to bring their children to the dentist early so they can become familiar with dentists. Although it is not uncommon for children to be anxious or scared at their first visit, our staff is trained to make children feel as comfortable as possible.
Routine pediatric dentistry visits can include:
- Teeth cleaning
- Diagnostic x-rays
- Charting of teeth and existing tooth conditions
- Dental cavities screening
- Gum evaluation
- Examination of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position
If we discover any dental issues, early intervention, and prompt treatment can avoid more complex dental problems. Early dental issues can affect speech and jaw development as well as your child’s long-term oral health. It is important to resolve issues like cavities as soon as possible so they do not get worse.
Here are some more tips to keep in mind when helping your child get the dental care they need:
- Discuss the dentist before their first visit so that you can assuage any fears or concerns that they may have.
- Determine if your water supply is fluoridated; if not, discuss supplement options with us.
- Ask us about dental sealants. This dental application can be used to protect the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth.
- Teach your child about brushing when they are around 2 or 3 years of age, and teach them about flossing when they are around 7 or 8.
- Be aware of bottle tooth decay, which occurs when teeth are exposed to sugary liquids.
FAQs: Children’s Dental Care
How important are primary teeth?
Primary or “baby” teeth not only help children speak and chew but also provide a blueprint for permanent future teeth. Taking care of primary teeth is important because cavities and infection are still concerns early on.
How do you care for primary teeth?
As soon as your child’s first tooth shows, you can clean them with a wet washcloth. You may use an infant toothbrush that is the correct size for your child.
Where does decay on the primary teeth occur most often?
Tooth decay often occurs on the upper front teeth or the upper primary molars. Floss and clean these primary teeth to prevent problems like decay and cavities.
When should I start using toothpaste on my child’s teeth?
Use an infant toothbrush or wet washcloth to clean your child’s gums even before their teeth come in. When teeth do come in, use a small amount of toothpaste and an infant toothbrush to brush your child’s teeth twice a day.
Request a Consultation Today
Are you looking for a new family dentist? Call Reedy Creek Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today at 919.646.6294 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Reece on our website.