Dentistry for Kids
If you are a parent, it is important to pay close attention to your child’s oral health, in addition to your own. Just like adults, children require regular dental visits and should practice proper oral hygiene in between checkups. Though younger children may not have all of their teeth yet or may not have many adult teeth, it is still imperative that they have dental checkups to ensure proper maintenance of their teeth and get used to the process of teeth cleaning. These checkups are often just as helpful for parents.
At our offices, you will have the opportunity to learn more about how to care for your child’s teeth in order to protect them from cavities and gum disease in the future. Our team at Southern Family Dental Care can help your child have a successful dental visit and assist you in keeping their smiles bright.
A Child’s First Dentist Visit
Many parents wonder when they should begin taking their children to the dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that children should have their initial dental checkup when they are one year old or six months after the eruption of their first tooth. After this initial dental visit, children should continue to have teeth cleanings every six months. Regular teeth cleanings will help to prevent dental caries, as well as plaque and tartar buildup.
Your child’s first appointment will look different than your regular visits. For young toddlers and children, our professionals focus on making the child comfortable and getting them used to our environment. We also spend time talking with parents to ensure they are aware of all they can do at home to prevent common dental issues between six-month visits. Just as you schedule regular pediatric appointments with your child’s physician, it is just as important to keep consistent dental check-ins.
Dental Appointments for Older Children
As children grow older, their dental appointments will start to resemble what adults experience at their six-month checkups. Beyond the toddler stage, children will get x-rays that will show any present cavities in hard-to-see areas of the mouth. In an effort to protect your child’s baby teeth, our team may suggest a special sealant that will help to keep bacteria out of the grooves of the mouth - especially the molars. Children also receive fluoride treatments that will help strengthen the teeth, preventing cavities. We may also recommend your child for a preventative orthodontic evaluation, which will determine whether or not all of your child’s teeth are growing incorrectly.
Caring for Your Child’s Teeth at Home
In addition to your child’s regular dental visits, we encourage you to instill healthy oral hygiene habits within the home. Children should brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss once their teeth begin to touch. Establishing these habits early, in conjunction with visiting our professionals, will help to curtail the development of cavities and oral disease.
If your child is ready for their first dental checkup, due for a six-month checkup, or experiencing oral issues that require attention, we are here to help. Call Southern Family Dental Care at 470-410-9774 to consult with one of our professionals and schedule an appointment for your child’s visit.