Dentistry for Kids
The first visit to the dentist can be a frightening time for kids. From hearing horror stories of tooth extractions, your child may be very nervous and reluctant to see a dentist. Don’t let your fear or your kids’ fears stop you from getting a dental check-up at Enhance Family Dental.
Tooth decay is the most common dental disease in children, and its impact is huge. American children lose 51 million school hours every year due to tooth-related absences. Mastering your fear and visiting us regularly can have positive long-term health consequences for your child.
Myths About Baby Teeth
At Enhance Family Dental, we make extra effort to create a fun and uplifting environment where your child feels safe, secure, and happy. Keep in mind that bringing your children in for dental care, as early as they begin sprouting teeth, can keep them from developing long-lasting problems.
At one time, parents did not feel primary teeth were important. If their child suffered from tooth decay or chipping, they would wait until the tooth fell off on its own and is replaced by a permanent tooth.
However, we believe that caring for your child’s baby teeth can result in long-lasting oral health benefits. Making sure your child’s baby teeth remain safe and sound for a long time can prevent:
These issues can be avoided if your kids’ teeth are maintained properly from a young age.
Pediatric Dental Care
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry dictates that a student must complete at least two years of additional training to become a practicing pediatric dentist. At Enhance Family Dental, Brian Hill, DDS and perform specialized tasks, including:
We also recommend special products for little teeth and mouth that not just encourage children to observe oral health care, but do so in a fun and engaging way.
How To Get Your Child Accustomed To Dental Visits
Please do not wait until your kids have actual cavities before bringing them to us. Start their regular dental visits as early as possible, preferably after they turn one so that we can detect any potential oral issues while your kid’s teeth are still emerging. If your child does not have any dental problems, we can teach them how to brush and floss their teeth properly to keep them nice and shiny.
If you start early on, it will make your child accustomed to dental visits, and they will see it as a fun and learning experience.
If you have waited until your child has oral issues, you can still help your kids associate their visits to Enhance Family Dental with positivity. Explain to your child that we will help them fix their teeth, get rid of the dental pain, and teach them from having the same problem again. Remember, a small reward at the end of the visit can help them look forward to the experience!
At Enhance Family Dental, we recommend children should have a dental check-up after every six months, although some may require them more frequently, depending on their oral health. Guide your child, as early as possible, on the path to good oral hygiene. To schedule an appointment for your child, call us at (586) 666-4950.