Gentle Dental Care for Children
Children’s dentistry, also known as pediatric dentistry, should start at a young age. Providing a good foundation for your child’s dental care can help them experience fewer issues with their smile well into adulthood. Also, the sooner your child is familiarized with the dentist’s office, the less likely they are to experience fear or anxiety when it comes to their dental care.
Dr. Fitz provides excellent children’s dentistry at New Image Dental. Our team will give your little ones a warm welcome and set them up for a healthy future.
When to Bring Your Child to the Dentist
The American Dental Association recommends bringing your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in, or by their first birthday. The purpose of the first dental visit is mainly to help your child become comfortable with seeing the dentist.
Our friendly dental team would be happy to meet your child at any point in their dental journey. We always prioritize giving our youngest patients a great experience.
All About the First Dental Appointment
Your child’s first dental appointment will be quick and straightforward, as we know those little attention spans are short. Dr. Fitz will greet your little one, count their teeth (if applicable), and examine the gums, lips, tongue, and cheeks. You will stay in the room with your child at all times.
Dr. Fitz will also talk with you about your family dental history, your child’s teething, pacifier use, and feeding and sleeping habits. You will be free to ask any questions you might have about their dental care or oral health. Then, Dr. Fitz will advise you on when you schedule your next appointment.
Common Children’s Dentistry Procedures
For the most part, your child’s dental exams will look a lot like yours once they have all their teeth. They will visit Dr. Fitz twice a year for cleanings, check-ups, and annual X-Rays. Other common children’s dentistry procedures include:
Dental sealants are a thin, dental-grade resin coating that we’ll place on some of your child’s teeth. This safe material acts as a shield against harmful bacteria, preventing future cavities from forming in the hard-to-brush parts of your child’s teeth. Sealants can last for over 10 years with proper care and are easily replaced if something happens to them.
A custom mouthguard is recommended for anyone who participates in sports that may cause damage to the face, mouth, and teeth. If your child plays football, baseball, hockey, or any other contact sport, we can fit them for a mouthguard that will keep their smiles safe.
A custom mouthguard offers more protection than anything you can purchase over the counter. They’re also more subtle and make speaking easier than store-bought solutions. Since a custom mouthguard will be more comfortable for your child, they’ll be much more likely to wear it when necessary.
Sometimes children need dental fillings, just like adults do. To stop the process of decay, a small drill will be used to remove the infected area. The hole is then sealed with a filling material. This will help prevent further decay.
Children’s Dentistry FAQ
How should I clean my baby’s teeth?
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head, specifically designed for infants and toddlers. Brush softly at bedtime each day to remove plaque and bacteria that can lead to decay.
When should my child start using toothpaste?
Your child can start using fluoridated toothpaste around age 3. Before that, cleaning their teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush is recommended. Even after age 3, you’ll still need to help your child brush and make sure they aren’t swallowing toothpaste or using more than a pea-sized amount.
How often does my child need to see a dentist?
Much like adults, children should see their dentist every six months in order to help prevent cavities and other dental issues. However, Dr. Fitz will be able to make a recommendation based on their number of teeth and personal needs.
New Image Dental Cares About Childrens’ Smiles
We love getting to know our youngest patients here at New Image Dental. If your child is ready for a pediatric dentistry appointment, call us at (630) 837-0887 to set something up today.