Has your child ever begged you not to leave the dentist? Impossible you say? Not at our office. It could be our gentle touch and special way with kids. Our dentists and staff love children and are specially trained to put them at ease. At NuDental, we teach your children the proper way to take care of their teeth and, just as important, they learn that going to the dentist can be fun.
Some dental problems begin very early in life. One concern is early childhood tooth decay, a serious condition caused by a child staying on the bottle (or breast) too long. Another problem is gum disease. About 40 percent of children two to three years old have at least mild inflammation of gum tissues. Oral habits (such as digit sucking) should also be checked. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chances of preventing problems. Strong, healthy teeth help your child chew food easily, speak clearly, and feel good about his or her appearance.
Also, the greatest incidence of dental trauma to baby teeth occurs between the ages of 2 and 3 years old, when motor coordination is developing. It’s not uncommon for a child to chip his/her tooth or even lose the tooth completely because of a fall.
Getting your child to our offices for their first visit is half the battle - We suggest you prepare your child the same way that you would before their first hair-cut or trip to the shoe store. This will not be the frightening experience you may remember from your youth. If you are nervous about the trip, then the less you say the better. Your child’s reaction to his first visit to the dentist may happily surprise you.
At our office, we are most concerned with all aspects of preventive care. Making sure your child visits the dentist by age one and subsequent routine check-ups will help prepare your child for a healthy dental future. After assessing your child’s teeth, diet and home care, your dentist can make individualized recommendations to help prevent cavities for your child. These recommendations will change as your child grows and develops. When appropriate, we recommend dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth. Sealants are a plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of cavity-prone teeth. This is just one of the ways we help set the foundation for your child’s oral health.
There are books or even videos available online that talk about a child’s first dental visit. Some parents have found that these aids help their children ease into their first visit.