General & Preventive Dentistry
Pediatricians and dentists recommend a child's first dental visit at age one. The first visit is to establish a dental home for your child, and helps us to focus on prevention, guidance, and early detection and treatment of dental diseases that will protect your child's smile now and in the future. New environments can be intimidating for some children, so during our initial exam our staff encourages parents to sit chair-side. As your child becomes familiar with the sights, sounds, and friendly helpers in our dental office, we encourage parents to allow them to demonstrate independence at subsequent visits. Be proud of your child's ability to get in the dental chair on their own and take responsibility for their personal hygiene. They will be proud, too!
As your child grows, he or she will need regular checkups and hygiene visits to ensure optimal oral health. Our team will also teach oral homecare techniques so that your child can learn how to effectively brush and floss, with your help at first, then on his or her own. The dentist may recommend dental sealants or fluoride supplements. Sealants are thin, clear coatings that protect hard-to-clean back teeth from the sugars that cause tooth decay. Fluoride attracts other minerals to strengthen tooth enamel and ward off cavities. Because most bottled water does not contain fluoride, your child may be deficient in this essential mineral. Sealants and fluoride supplements are quick and easy protective measures that can save your little one from cavities.
Let us help your children learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age. We will help you make the best choices for your children.