We Are Krazy for Kids !
We love working with all of our young patients and are aware that they have distinct needs when seeing the dentist. We try to customize their visit to match their age, attention span and anxiety level. We do follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association and recommend you child's first dental visit be when the first tooth erupts or by age one. We’d like their visit to be as fun and comfortable as possible, and for them to build life-long relationships with our dental office.
At our office, we really encourage mothers and fathers of small children to bring them along to the parent’s routine dental appointment or a sibling's visit so the child can easily see what happens at the appointment, and become familiar with our staff members and office.
Why is it Important to Take Your Child to the Dentist?
Dentists fulfill many important functions pertaining to the child’s overall oral health and hygiene. They place particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of deciduous (baby) teeth, which are instrumental in facilitating good chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.
Other important functions include:
Education – Dentists educate the child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology, thus emphasizing the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy. In addition, they advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.
Monitoring growth – By continuously tracking growth and development, dentists are able to anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen. Also, working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves the child’s self-esteem and fosters a more positive self-image.
Prevention – Helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits reduces the chances of later tooth decay. In addition to providing check ups and dental cleanings, pediatric dentists are also able to apply preventative restorations and topical fluoride to young teeth, advise parents on thumb- sucking/pacifier/smoking cessation, and provide good demonstrations of brushing and flossing.
Intervention – In some cases, dentists may discuss the possibility of early oral treatments with parents. In the case of oral injury, malocclusion (bad bite), or bruxism (grinding), space maintainers may be fitted, a nighttime mouth guard may be recommended, or reconstructive surgery may be scheduled.
If you have questions or concerns about your child's teeth or dentistry, please contact our office.