When Should I Start Bringing My Child To The Dentist?
Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That means it’s easier (and probably cheaper) to stop something from happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it’s happened.
At Synergy Dental Center in Gillette, WY, we think that statement applies perfectly to dental care and when your child should start getting it. After all, the best time to stop any possible problems with your child’s teeth and jaw is when they’re still developing. We love helping our youngest patients build strong, long-term oral health.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that children should come in for their first dental exam by the age of one or as soon as the first tooth appears. That lets us ensure that all the teeth are coming in properly and that there are no early problems that need to be addressed.
Consider the first visit a “well baby visit,” in which we’ll just look at your child’s teeth and make recommendations on how to keep his or her teeth cavity-free. We can start your child on the right path to healthy teeth by teaching him or her how to brush his or her teeth.
We want to make sure all of our patients — especially our youngest ones — are comfortable while they’re here. We offer PlayStations and magnet boards in the waiting rooms to get them more relaxed and to feel at ease.
If they’re still anxious during treatment, we can use nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) to help them relax.
Why Early Childhood Dentist Visits Are Important
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that more than 40 percent of children have tooth decay by the time they’re in kindergarten.
Sometimes tooth decay is caused by allowing your baby to go to bed with a bottle or milk or juice. When a baby falls asleep with a bottle, this lets the milk or juice pool in their mouth. Over time, the sugar in those liquids can cause tooth decay.
Even if your baby has only one or two teeth poking through, it’s important to brush them. We can talk about the proper way to brush a baby’s teeth when you come in.
Thumb sucking at an early age is very common. It can be relatively harmless unless it’s allowed to go on too long. If continues, thumb sucking can cause serious facial development issues.
Our dentist, Dr. David Porter, can talk to you about how you can correct this behavior. He can also recommend treatment for any damage that has already been done. This could include orthodontic appliances that help guide the development of your child’s smile.
Thumb sucking does not have to cause major problems for your child. We can help!
Your baby’s teeth will usually make their entrance between three and 12 months. Sometimes you’ll know you baby is teething because he’ll seem irritable or will be drooling a lot. Some babies have no symptoms at all.
Our team is here to talk with you about teething and how best to foster good dental health from the very start. We can also help address any concerns you may have early on. Contact us if you have any questions or need advice!
We offer a lot of preventive services that are great for kids, like:
- Dental sealants — This sealant coats the pits and fissures on a child’s teeth that can trap food and bacteria.
- Fluoride treatments and varnishes — This in-office treatment helps prevent tooth decay.
- Nutritional counseling — Diet plays an important role in the development and health of teeth.
- Athletic and bruxism mouthguards — Even children can grind their teeth at night. We can provide mouthguards that protect the enamel on their teeth.
Schedule Your Child’s Consultation
If you’re ready to get your child started on regular dental visits to keep his or her teeth healthy, you can schedule an appointment by calling our office at 307-622-1311 You can also send us a message using our online contact form.