Serious conditions sometimes faced by infants and children are best detected early so it is important to arrange an early visit for your child.
Our practice uses simple language to explain proposed treatment options to our young patients as we’ve found this is one of the best ways to alleviate anxiety associated with your child’s care. We also communicate with you to ensure your both understand and are comfortable with any therapy we recommend resulting from our findings. You should also be aware of the benefits of fluoride.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that….
Children be examined by 12 months of age. Of course, creating good oral habits begins at home, and should include regular visits with the dentist and hygienist who performs standard cleanings and fluoride treatment. The procedures are painless, and we strive to ensure an enjoyable experience for our young patients so they are comfortable seeking dental care as they move on into adulthood.
Arrival of primary (baby) teeth
The eruption of baby teeth may begin as early as six months of age. In fact, some children are born with teeth already erupted – each child’s experience is unique. Genetics play a major role in a child’s development. We suggest that as soon as your child’s teeth erupt, you will be visiting us for regular dental care. It is important to maintain good care of primary dentition free of decay and anomalies to ensure proper development of permanent teeth in the future.
Oral hygiene habits at home
All parents and caretakers are encouraged to consult with us about establishing positive nutritional and other oral habits for children in their care. Sugary drinks and food may temporarily satisfy a child’s desire for comfort, but are typically detrimental to the dental health of primary teeth. Any discoloration of the dentition should be noted by parents as it may be a sign of premature decay, which may have adverse consequences for permanent dentition. Many adult dental issues and anomalies can be prevented by proper oral care during childhood years.
Regular visits with the dentist
When a positive association between a child and their oral care begins early, the result is a healthy relationship with their dentist and self-care in adulthood, and a life free of dental discomfort and disease. That’s why we encourage an early visit when your child can get to know our gentle, caring, and friendly Team Members. Their goal is to teach and encourage healthy oral habits and freedom from fear of the dentist. Regular visits help create a positive bond between the patient and the entire Team.
Some of the more common conditions noted in pediatric patients include:
- Eruption cysts – These are only noted when new teeth emerge, and generally require minimal treatment. The surrounding tissue becomes swollen and is accompanied by mild discomfort. Moderate pain relievers may beprescribed until the condition resolves.
- Thumb and finger habits – While this does not typically extend beyond the age of five, children who continue to suck digits can experience an open anterior bite and distorted smile line, as well as compromised speech patterns. Reminder therapy is usually the best venue of correcting the habit, and needs to be supported by parents on a regular basis.
- Soft tissue ailments – Accidental chewing or biting of the lips, tongue and cheeks often occurs in early age, especially when children are medically compromised. The condition should be addressed immediately to alleviate the possibility of infection and spread of bacteria to other organs of the body.
Because regular communication with our patients helps them prevent severe oral conditions, we encourage them to call us with any questions and to make a reservation for their routine visit.
We are committed to helping ensure a lifetime of optimal oral and overall health for our Patient Family.