Age 1 is the time to schedule your baby’s first pediatric dental visit. When your children are our patients, you can rest assured that we will make that first visit positive and fun. This visit marks the start of a lifetime of good oral health.
Our pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers who treat children from infancy through adolescence, including those with special health needs.
First Visit- What to Expect
Your child’s first visit includes an oral examination, and depending on the age, we may clean your child’s teeth, administer fluoride treatment and take digital X-rays.
Teeth cleaning includes plaque and tartar removal from tooth surfaces and along the gum line, followed by flossing and polishing the teeth. We may also recommend preventive treatments.
Preventive treatment includes:We understand that parents would rather prevent dental problems in their children than have to treat them. We offer a variety of treatments designed to keep your children’s teeth and gums healthy and free of disease.
- Fluoride – Inhibits the demineralization of healthy enamel and enhances the re- mineralization of demineralized enamel. Topical treatments help reduce caries in children who are at caries risk.
- Dental sealants – Toothbrushes can’t get into the pits and grooves of the molars’ biting surfaces to remove all food and plaque. Sealants create a barrier for those difficult-to-reach surfaces to help keep them cavity-free.
- Counseling on proper nutrition and dietary habits.
- Proper brushing and flossing instruction.
- Guidance of erupting teeth – directing tooth eruption can improve orthodontic treatment results and can prevent the need for tooth extraction or more serious orthodontic treatment when your child is older.
X-rays are helpful diagnostic tools that we recommend once a child is 4 years old. We take four X-rays to view different areas of the mouth.
We understand that parents are concerned about radiation, and we take the following precautions to minimize exposure:
- We only use digital equipment
- Patients wear a lead apron with a thyroid collar
- Sensors are used, which require approximately 1/10 of the radiation dose required for film
- A minimum number of X-rays are taken
The American Dental Association recommends X-rays every other year for children who are not prone to cavities, and once to twice per year for children with high caries risk to monitor any new cavity progression.
We allow time in our daily schedule for treating emergency cases. Common problems that may warrant requesting an emergency appointment include:
- Knocked out tooth (baby or permanent)
- Chipped/broken tooth
We want all children to have positive dental experiences. Our pediatric dentists are expertly trained in addressing and managing children’s dental fears to help achieve that goal.
We use various techniques ranging from behavior management to medications such as nitrous oxide to help your child’s dental appointments go smoothly.
Severe anxieties or extensive dental treatments may require general anesthesia. Our pediatric dentists have hospital privileges at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, where dental treatment can be performed under general anesthesia.