At Memorial Park Dental Spa, we value the importance of creating a pleasant and comfortable experience for your child. In fact, going to the dentist should be something they look forward to. At our practice, we have stocked our office with comfort amenities and kid-friendly features to make sure your child feels at ease. You can trust that our dental staff uses positive language to explain dental procedures in a fun and non-intimidating way. We know that you treasure your child's smile. Therefore, we will do everything we can to keep it healthy and confident as they grow.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child's newly erupted teeth receive proper dental care right from the beginning. Please let us know of any extra measures we can take to make your child's first dental visit exceptional.
When New Teeth Arrive
Your child's first primary teeth (baby teeth) will begin to erupt between the ages of 6 and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth. Although baby teeth do fall out, they are still very important to your child's oral health and they must be cared for properly.
Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits
Healthy dental habits begin at a young age. While we welcome the opportunity to teach your child about strong dental hygiene and healthy habits, we advise parents to set good examples at home too. Avoid a high-sugared diet, brush for two minutes, twice a day and floss daily. We recommend that parents brush and floss for their child until they can tie their own shoe, usually around age six. If you notice signs of decay, damage or discoloration on your child's teeth, please contact us immediately.
Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups
The statistics are high when it comes to tooth decay and children. However, proper dental hygiene and regular dental checkups can change that for your child. We teach children about how cavities form so that they can make better decision regarding their dental care. Make sure your child understands that tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down your teeth.
Contact our office today to learn more about our pediatric dental services at Memorial Park Dental Spa. Dr. Thomas suggests bringing in your child every six months for a routine exam and professional cleaning. Digital x-rays, sealants and fluoride treatments are included in our preventative care for kids.