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Children Dentistry

I recommend a first checkup by 12 months old to make certain that teeth and jaw development are normal, and even more importantly so that parents and guardians know how to help their children be healthy from the start.


Guidelines for working with children

  • parents / guardians are always welcome in the room
  • comfort is always our concern
  • parent / guardian consent and guidance are vital, before any procedure
  • no restraint is ever used

First Visit

I recommend a first checkup by 12 months. A simple guide for when to schedule a first visit:

  • no longer than 6 months after first tooth is erupted
  • at least by 12 months old
  • as soon as possible if you have any questions

There is a significant value for early well baby dental checkups. In particular, checkups for very young children address many concerns including teaching adults how to care for their child's teeth and gums, how to help their children learn to care for themselves, answering parents questions and concerns, and planning for future dental health.


Checkups

Education and prevention are the cornerstones of my concern for the dental health of children. In addition to teaching parents and guardians about dental care for their child, checkups are an appropriate time to comfortably and easily evaluate:

  • how many teeth
  • are all teeth present
  • loose teeth
  • cavity check
  • check health of gums
  • braces / bite evaluation
  • habit evaluation
  • homecare / prevention
  • fluoride use
  • review diet
  • review health history
  • evaluate tongue, speech
  • address adult's concerns
  • teach adults how to care for child's teeth

One child at a time, please ...

I've found that it's to your child's advantage, as well as yours, to bring only one of your children at a time for their appointment. This way they get your full attention. Thank you in advance for this consideration.


Home Dental Care Tips

It is often difficult initially to brush your child's teeth. They can really put up a struggle, screaming, kicking, crying, running away, not opening their mouths - every kid is different.

Healthy teeth and gums are so important to start out life with. We've often heard the value of choosing your battles with your children, and this is one to choose.

Remember that the initial challenge you face is actually more taxing on you than it ultimately is for your child.


Suggestions:

  • let your child brush first when teaching them, then help them with their brushing
  • don't be concerned at first with trying to brush all the teeth at each session
  • reinforce your teaching with positive role modeling, make sure your child sees you brush and floss regularly - they will want to mimic you
  • go ahead and begin to floss their teeth (Wild Flossers really help make it easier)
  • let them play with a toothbrush anywhere in the house so that they are comfortable with it (monitor - not to let them run around with it unwatched)