Children’s Dentistry in Carrollton
Keeps Little Smiles Bright
A child’s first visit to the dentist should be scheduled by the time they turn one year of age or within 6 months of their first tooth coming in.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
The first dental visit is a brief one and will involve only a small amount of treatment. The main purpose of this visit is to give your child the chance to meet their dentist in a comfortable and friendly way in order to pave the way for easier visits later. A dental examination will be conducted, during which we will check your child’s bite and examine the teeth, jaw, gums and oral tissues for decay and abnormalities. We may clean the teeth and assess if a fluoride treatment will be needed as well. The visit will also involve providing you with detailed information about the basics of pediatric oral care and how to prevent the occurrence of common dental problems in children.
Some of the topics we may discuss with you include:
- Oral habits (tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, or lip sucking)
- Fluoride needs
- Good oral hygiene practices for your child’s teeth and gums
- Cavity prevention
- Developmental milestones
- Proper nutrition
- Importance of regular dental checkups
We will also answer any questions you may have about your child’s dental health.
A child’s first dental x-yay is usually taken when they turn 5 or 6. X-rays are vital in order to help us see the development of your child’s permanent teeth. Some children may be at higher risk for oral problems than others. Such problems may include a cleft/lip, decay in the baby teeth etc. X-rays may be recommended at an earlier age in such cases.
Fluoride for Children
While fluoride has been shown to strengthen the teeth and protect them from cavities, it needs to be used judiciously with children. Too much fluoride at an early age can actually damage the teeth and even affect a child’s overall health, but with our guidance, we’ll make sure they get exactly what they need.
Sealants for Children
Children tend to have a bit of a hard time reaching their back teeth while they are learning to brush, and this is why the molars are the most common place for cavities to develop. With a dental sealant, we can give your child’s smile a bit of extra protection right where they need it.
As we all know, baby teeth are supposed to fall out, but sometimes they don’t quite fall out when they need to. If a tooth is lost too early, this can allow the remaining teeth to drift into the space and affect how the adult teeth erupt. With a spacer, we can keep the path clear for your child’s developing teeth so you won’t have to correct them later.