Knowing how imperative oral health is to one’s overall well-being, it is critical to start your child off with practicing good oral hygiene as early as possible. By visiting the dentist regularly and taking care of your child’s teeth and gums in between visits, you will be able to teach your child how to properly maintain their dental health. Pediatric Dentists play a significant role in your child’s life as they have a thorough understanding of your child’s oral needs.
Why are Healthy Baby Teeth Important?
For healthy permanent teeth and a remarkable smile, it is important to uphold the health of your child’s baby teeth. Because the Pediatric Dentist plays such an essential role in your child’s well-being, it’s important to start bringing them to the office as early as possible. In doing so, this will help them develop a trusting relationship with their dentist. The dentist is able to take a sympathetic approach to the child in order to enable them to feel comfortable and understand the importance of good oral health.
What Can I Expect at the First Visit?
Aside from the typical dental activity, our first concern is making sure our little patients feel as comfortable as possible and that they have a pleasant experience. Once we are able to make our patients feel at ease, we will then focus on caring for their oral health. The first visit can include digital x-rays, a full health history analysis, a thorough mouth exam, and an evaluation of the child’s dental needs. To rule out any potential problems, the dentist will also examine the child’s gums and surrounding tissues. Following these events, the child can expect to have a cleaning and fluoride treatment, as well as be taught how to brush and floss appropriately.
Not only does this initial visit provide value to the child, but it can also be beneficial for the parents. This is a wonderful opportunity for the parents to be educated on the significance of oral hygiene, the correlation of nutrition to dental health, cavity protection, the importance of fluoride, and all the other efforts involved in supporting your child’s teeth.
Services We Offer:
Oral Health Exams
Preventive Dental Care
Provide Mouth Guards to Prevent Sports Injuries
Regular Cleaning and Fluoride Treatments
Tooth Repair – Cavities, Dental Injuries, Etc.
Use of Sealants
Your child’s oral health is not only important to the nature of his/her teeth and mouth, but is extremely imperative to the overall health of the entire body. Routine dentist appointments, recommended every six months, are necessary to guarantee overall dental health. Routine dental appointments can do the following for your child:
Prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other oral issues
Prevent future pricey and extensive dental procedures
Monitor the growth and development so future appointments and treatments are done in an appropriate manner
Increase your child’s level of comfort about going to the dentist and towards dental care
Give your child a healthy, white smile
Instructions for Brushing
Place toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum
Gently brush in a circular motion
Brush the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of each tooth
Use the tip of the brush for the inner surface of front teeth
Tips for Choosing the Right Pediatric Dentist for your Child
What sets pediatric dentists apart from general dentists is our certified training on how to work with children and how to handle their needs.
Active License to Practice
The pediatric dentist should have a license that permits him or her to practice this profession. Certifications and licenses of dentists are typically displayed in the reception space of the clinic. If you do not see the proper certifications, be sure to ask your dentist about it, they may be presented elsewhere in the office.
Good Behavior Management Skills
A pediatric dentist should possess strong behavior management skills. Some children many have difficult communication and social skills, which requires a dentist that is able to handle that. Pediatric dentists are trained to use communication that is built on energetic dialogue, facial expression, and voice tone.
Your pediatric dentist should be educated of all procedures in treating children, whether they are basic or advanced, and should be able to perform them if needed.
Qualifications and Certifications
The chosen pediatric dentist should have completed a course in Pediatric Dentistry from an accredited institution.
Well Equipped Dental Clinic
The pediatric practice should be prepared with all the necessary materials a young patient should need, including any materials that one with special needs might require.
Why Choose Us?
Peninsula Dental, LLC. is a full service dental office with a wide range of dental care. We are equipped with highly skilled doctors and professional staff that has been providing exceptional dental care.
When should my child have their first check-up?
Ideally, your child should visit a pediatric dentist once the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday
How often should my child see the pediatric dentist?
To avoid cavities and other dental concerns, a check-up is suggested every six months. Contingent upon your child’s personal oral health, your pediatric dentist will be able to recommend the regularity of your child’s visits.
Regular dental visits keep your child cavity-free
Teeth cleanings eliminate debris that build up on the teeth, irritating the gums and causing decay
Fluoride treatments help to strengthen the teeth, preventing cavities
How should I treat my child’s toothache?
Wash the irritated area with warm salt water, if swollen, place a cold compress on your child’s face, give the child acetaminophen for any pain, and see a dentist at your earliest convenience
How can I prevent decay caused by nursing?
Don’t nurse your child to sleep
Bed-time bottle should be water only
Regular pediatric dentist visits to have your child’s teeth and gums checked
What toothpaste should my child use?
Because there are numerous harsh abrasives in many toothpastes, it is best to choose one that is recommended by the American Dental Association. Be sure your child spits the toothpaste out after brushing to avoid getting too much fluoride. Your child’s dentist will also be able to help in recommending dental products.
How often should I change my child’s toothbrush?
Every 3 months
Electric rechargeable toothbrushes with very good brush heads should be changed every 6 months
For someone with a gum disease, their toothbrush should be changed every 4-6 weeks due to bacteria
Your child’s oral health is important to us. Contact Peninsula Dental, LLC. today to schedule your child’s visit with us. (302) 297-3750.