Every kid is different. And every story is special. We like to get to know your family so we can help you create healthy habits, address issues early and offer preventative care that is customized to your needs. At every stage, we believe that less is more and practice minimally invasive dentistry.
Our office, in agreement with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends establishing a “dental home” around your child’s fist birthday. Having a dental home allows your child to become familiar with the dental office at an early age. These visits help establish trust and offer a fun experience.
At the first visit you can expect the dentist to evaluate overall dental health and development; however this appointment will be focused on education and prevention. You will receive info about diet, oral hygiene, habits and what to do in case of a dental emergency.
As a parent you can prepare your child for their first visit by speaking positively about the dental office and reading age-appropriate dental books. At this age, the world is still very new to your child and fear of the unknown is both common and understandable. Saying that the dentist will “check to make sure your teeth are strong” can help decrease the anxiety your child may experience.
We believe in the preventative power of early dental exams and proudly offer new patient and six month checkups at no cost for the first two years.
Resources for 0-2 years
Around age 3, most baby teeth will have erupted into the mouth. Establishing good habits early will allow the dental office to be a happy place for your child. It is important to maintain healthy baby teeth for their developing eating and speaking patterns.
Healthy teeth start with good brushing, and our team loves teaching children how to brush! Because kids usually have more independence than dexterity, we also love empowering you with the best ways to supervise and help out. Our goal is to make your child’s dental routine second nature.
At this stage we will discuss potential crowding issues and review diet, hygiene, and habits. Toddlers are also prone to falls so we will review what to do in case of a dental emergency.
Resources for 2-5 years
Around six years old the permanent molars will begin to erupt and children will lose their first tooth. With all these changes it is important to maintain healthy habits and stay on top of hygiene.
During this transition time, we may begin to discuss “phase one orthodontics”. Providing interceptive or preventative orthodontics can decrease treatment time once the patient is in full braces and help correct crowding problems early on.
Resources for 6-11 years
Teens have more influence on their own lifestyle choices. With this independence you may see an increase in cavities related to diet changes or substance abuse issues. During adolescence we discuss diet and also monitor growth.
We may refer your child to have their wisdom teeth removed or suggest seeking care with a general dentist based on their treatment needs.