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Good Dental Health Starts At The Very Beginning

Teeth decay in children under five years old is one the most common chronic diseases among American children. Cavities can occur as soon as your baby has their first tooth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that you begin brushing your baby’s teeth once a day, as soon as your baby’s first tooth emerges. It is also recommended that you schedule your baby’s first dental exam no later than your child’s first birthday.

 

Baby’s First Dental Visit

Good dental hygiene is essential from the very beginning. In 2015-2016, 21.4% of American children aged between two and five experienced tooth decay. Research indicates that the likelihood of tooth decay in children aged 2-5 years old increases every year that their parents delay scheduling their first visit to the dentist.

If you don’t properly care for your baby’s teeth, it can cause pain, infection, loss of teeth prematurely, and even impairment to overall health.

You can reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities by taking him or her to the dentist before he or she turns one. Read our article about the importance of dental visits for babies.

 

What Happens At Your Baby’s First Dentist Appointment

Your baby’s very first visit to the dentist will be a memorable one.

  • Examine your baby’s medical history.
  • Check your baby’s teeth for signs of tooth decay and other dental problems.
  • Learn how to clean a baby’s gums and teeth.

If you catch problems early and learn how to care for your baby’s teeth properly, it will help prevent painful tooth decay and periodontal diseases. The Pediatric Dental Studio aims to make every visit enjoyable and to maintain healthy teeth and gums for your child.

 

Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist

Your baby’s dental care will be provided by a pediatric dentist. This ensures that they are treated by a trained and qualified child-friendly dentist. After dental school, pediatric dentists go through a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry. Pediatric dentists can receive training in areas like child psychology, child-related pharmacology, and advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures. They also learn about special needs dentistry and child sedation dentistry.

certified pediatric dentist has successfully passed both the oral and writing exams of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. These exams demonstrate mastery of advanced pediatric dentistry skills.

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First Visit

Do You Have Any Questions?

Your child’s first visit to the dentist should happen before his or her first birthday. The general rule for scheduling your child’s first visit is shortly after eruption of the first tooth. Taking your child to the dentist at a young age will aid in the prevention of problems such as tooth decay and can help lead to a lifetime of good oral care habits. It also acclimates your child to the dental office, therefore reducing anxiety and fear, which will allow for stress-free visits in the future.
Before the initial visit, talk with your child about what to expect. Build excitement as well as establish understanding about the upcoming dental office visit. Bring with you any records of your child’s complete medical and dental history. Arrive 15 minutes early to allow your child to become familiarized with the new environment.

This visit will serve as an introductory icebreaker to acquaint your child with Dr. Rose and The Pediatric Dental Studio. Patience and calmness in addition to reassuring communication from the parent is very important on all dental visits but especially during the first visits. Short, successive visits are designed to build the child’s trust in the dentist and the dental office, and it can prove to be invaluable if your child needs to be treated later for any dental problems.

The first visit often lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and may include the following, depending on age/cooperation:

  • A gentle but thorough examination of the teeth, jaw, bite, gums and oral tissues to monitor growth and development and observe any problem areas
  • If indicated, a gentle cleaning, which includes polishing teeth and removing any plaque, tartar buildup, or stains
  • Assessment for the need of X-rays
  • A demonstration on proper home cleaning
  • Assessment of the need for fluoride

Dr. Rose will answer any questions you may have and will do all that is possible to make you and your child feel comfortable throughout the visit. The entire dental team will provide a relaxed, non-threatening environment for your child.

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years of specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.
Primary, or “baby” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.
Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.

Infants & Toddlers

Foundational Dental Care for Infants and Toddlers

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling your child's first dental examination as soon as their first tooth is visible. It should also be done no later than the first birthday. Good dental hygiene is essential right from the beginning. Your child's baby teeth assist him/her in speaking clearly, chewing properly, and allowing permanent teeth to surface correctly. Dr. Rose has extensive knowledge and many professional hours working with infants/toddlers and can help care for your child’s oral health.
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Children's Dentistry

Children's Prevention-Focused Dental Care

Children's jaws and teeth are still developing, so their dental needs are unique. Dr. Rose and his staff are well-versed in child-specific dental issues. Regular cleanings and exams are part of our prevention-focused dental care. We also educate patients on how to maintain optimal oral hygiene. We also use fluoride treatments and sealants to prevent cavities. Screenings for potential orthodontic problems are performed.
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