Our office takes pride in our understanding of the special care needed by your child. Whether this is your child's first visit to the dentist, or if they have been in care for some years, we do all we can to help them (and you) feel at ease.
Beginning with chldren as young as three years old, we offer dental services such as check ups and cleanings. These twice yearly visits are essential to the future of oral health of your child.
When Should My Child Start Seeing a Dentist?
Dr. Black is available to start seeing your child for their first cleaning once they reach the age of three. The primary concern in very young children is "Early Childhood Caries" also known as "baby bottle tooth decay," which can be avoided with early prevention and home care.
Following the first visit, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests follow up visits twice a year for preventative cleanings. Of course, at home care between visits is essential.
The Importance of Baby Teeth
Your child's baby teeth serve several important functions for their development and health:
- Pronunciation of sounds
- Proper chewing to facilitate digestion
- Establish and preserve space for each adult tooth
- Form buds from which the adult teeth develop
Though the baby teeth will eventually be lost, they do serve important functions for your child.
How to Care for Your Child's Teeth
Even though your child does not yet have teeth, home care should start at birth by regularly cleaning your baby's mouth with a soft infant toothbrush and water.
An important part of caring for your child's teeth is diet. Reducing the amount of sugary snacks and drinks will greatly help prevent tooth decay, as will teaching your child to drink from a cup after his or her first birthday. Consumption of sugary drinks from a bottle has been linked to "bottle caries" and should be avoided.