Caring for your child’s teeth and teaching them positive oral health habits will set them up for a healthy mouth in the future. At River Run Family Dentistry, we are serious about providing kids with expert oral care and ensure they have the best experience possible during their visit.
Dentistry Tips for Children
Dental care for kids starts as early as when their teeth start to develop. Much like adults and older kids, babies need to have their teeth brushed and flossed on a daily basis to prevent oral health problems from occurring while they are still so young. Before their teeth develop (oftentimes at 6 months) you can use damp gauze to clean their mouths to get rid of any build-up.
In addition to this – and we know how picky kids can be – ensuring that your child has a healthy diet that benefits both their teeth and body will go a long way in helping them achieve a lifetime of good health overall. Including lots of veggies in their diet and allowing them to develop a taste for healthier options will go a long way towards a healthier mouth overall.
Starting positive habits early is crucial as it is common for older kids, teens, and adults to end up developing poor dental hygiene habits that can result in oral health problems later in life. We see patients both young and old with varying degrees of dental health which is why we are passionate about setting children on the right path. As young as 12 months old it is recommended that children come in for a check-up every 6 months. This is to ensure that everything is fine with their oral health.
It is admittedly common for cavities to occur in children, which is why we offer preventative services to help. The back of the mouth is where 4 out 5 children end up developing cavities – we are able to place a sealant in these areas to greatly reduce the risk of problems developing.
We also offer cosmetic and restorative services along with surgical procedures – and we realize that can be a difficult situation for fearful children. We want every patient – child or adult, to feel at home when they visit. Even so, It is relatively common for children to be fearful or anxious when visiting the dentist which is why we provide sedation to ensure the child can feel at ease while we provide the best oral care that we can provide. In most cases, nitrous oxide is excellent for inducing calmness and the feeling of being at ease. For especially fearful children, IV sedation induces a deep sleep with little to no memories of the visit. Both methods are completely safe, and we offer these for adults who too can feel anxious about visits to the dentist.
Regular visits to the dentist while children are young still can help them feel comfortable with their visit. It is not uncommon for adults to choose to avoid the dentist for years out of fear due to limited experience of dental appointments. The best way to show that dentist visits are nothing to be afraid of is through experience.
River Run Family Dentistry is here to help your child have the best smile possible. If you would like to book an appointment with us, you can call 830-387-3040.