Dentistry For Kids
Getting started on a good oral hygiene regimen is incredibly important, even for young teeth! While adults understand the importance of routine dental exams, younger children may not quite realize how essential these appointments are. Even worse, while adults may be nervous about going to see us, kids may be outright terrified!
Teaching your little ones proper oral hygiene techniques and scheduling an appointment for your child to see us at Summercrest Dental is a great way to establish a good relationship with us while also teaching good lifelong dental habits. As family dentists, we know exactly how to put your child at ease while they are in our dental chair.
When Should Your Child See a Dentist?
Your child will start to grow his or her first teeth as early as six months in age, and their permanent teeth will start to show up as early as seven years old. It's a good idea to schedule an initial appointment as soon as the first tooth erupts, and certainly by the time permanent teeth begin to grow. Taking care of these teeth is vital to ensure not only a healthy and beautiful smile but also to take care of their overall wellness. Healthy teeth and gums can prevent a wide variety of complications later on in life, such as infection, tooth loss, and even heart disease.
What Should You Look For in a Dentist for Your Kid?
Well, for starters, we know how to talk to your child, helping put their minds at ease and banish any fears or anxiety that they may have about their appointment. For instance, if the sound of our hand piece (the drill) bothers you, you can only imagine how a child must feel about it. We take the time to carefully explain what every single one of our tools does, helping put your child at ease. For children with extreme anxiety or fear at the dentist, we can also offer nitrous oxide sedation, a safe solution for children.
Not only are we compassionate and gentle, but we also can help you, as a parent, start your child on good habits. We can work with you to ensure they develop a proper bite alignment, prevent tooth decay, and can even help make sure their teeth do not get damaged by their bottle or pacifier. Moreover, if your child does develop tooth decay, we can gently and effectively treat the cavity with fillings, sealants, and a fluoride treatment before it gets worse. We can also treat impacted canines with a canine exposure treatment.
Dental Care for Children and Teens
We will not stop taking care of your child as they grow into adolescence, either. Teenagers are also welcome here, and we will help them as they grow into adulthood. If your child needs braces, look no further than us! We can even help fit your young athlete with a mouth guard to help prevent damaged or lost teeth while playing sports, and if your child does suffer from unwanted tooth loss or trauma while playing sports, we can also help take care of that, too! If your child is experiencing bruxism or teeth grinding, we offer preventive night guards.
If you have a child, then you understandably want to take them to a dentist who will treat them kindly and gently, as they would treat their child. To learn more about our office, or to schedule an exam at our office for your kid, please give us here at Summercrest Dental a call at (503) 649-7701 today!