At All Smiles Dental, we want to make your child’s visit as enjoyable as possible. We realize that the dental office isn’t the first place a child wants to go, but we strive to make our office your child’s dental home. We want All Smiles to be a place your child can feel safe and receive quality dental care.
First Visit: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists suggests that your child be seen by a dentist by the age of one. We want fun visits where your child gets introduced to going to the dentist and has a positive experience. Often, the first appointment gives us a chance to do a quick check to make sure everything looks normal and mainly educate the parent about eating habits, brushing habits, and preventing baby bottle decay. We usually perform a toothbrush prophy and apply fluoride treatment. As the child matures, we will gradually work up to a normal children’s cleaning.
New Teeth: Usually we expect the first teeth to make their appearance between 6 -12 months of age.
Proper Hygiene and Eating: Good hygiene and eating habits are the best way to prevent tooth decay. The main culprit is food high in simple sugars, which the bacteria use to make acid which in turn leads to cavities. The best way to combat this is to limit in-between meal snacking, which gives the mouth a break. Saliva does a great job of neutralizing bacteria if we give it a chance.
Brushing after breakfast and before bed is imperative. Ideally, we brush after each meal.
For children younger than 2, we suggest using a very minimal amount of fluoride toothpaste; just enough to barely flavor the bristles. The big swoosh of toothpaste was advertised by toothpaste makers to sell toothpaste. No one needs that amount; not even adults.
Dental Visits: We suggest that you bring your child in every 6 months for a checkup. All cavities start small and only get bigger with time. At each appointment, we will go over the importance of brushing and introduce dental sealants. If cavities do develop, the earlier they are detected, the smaller they are, and the easier they are to repair. We want your child to have a positive experience.
If the first time a child sees a dentist is after being up 2 nights with a toothache and we extract a tooth, it can cause dental anxiety that lasts a lifetime. You do not want that for your child and neither do we. We want happy dental visits and happy patients for a lifetime.