Parents need to be positive. Dentistry has greatly improved since they were children. Please don't share your anxiety or bad experiences with your children. Don't make the dental visit a big deal. Keep it simple. Their teeth will be counted and we will take pictures of their teeth. They will get a surprise at the end of the visit.
Baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth. For one thing, they keep the space for the adult tooth. If the space is crowded, the adult tooth must erupt to the side. This usually results in future braces to pull this "fang" back into place.
Your child will need supervision until they can be trusted to brush well enough alone…usually around age seven.
When your child's permanent molars erupt, around 6 years old, we would like to apply sealants to your child's permanent teeth to protect the biting surfaces from decay.
If your child plays contact sports, make sure they wear a mouthguard.
Sometimes brushing is not enough. Everyone has hard to reach spots in their mouth. Using sealants on teeth gives you an extra line of defense. Some teeth are formed with deep natural grooves on the biting surface. We fill in these grooves with a plastic resin that bonds to the tooth. It makes the surface smoother and easier to brush. Sealants generally last 3 to 5 years but can last longer.