We recommend your child’s first dental visit within six months of the appearance of their first tooth. We know the experience is different for all children. Some sit calmly through dental examinations and procedures. While others become anxious and fearful. This is especially true of children with special needs. At our Pemberville office, we specialize in a positive dental care experience for children, adolescents, and those with special healthcare needs.
We encourage you to take an active role in your children’s dental health. This establishes the foundation for proper dental care early in your child’s life and helps them continue good habits into adulthood.
When it comes to your child’s oral health, it's best to start early.
From birth to 12 months, gently wipe your baby's gums with a clean baby washcloth or gauze. When your child's first tooth appears, clean it with a baby toothbrush and water. The best time to clean is after breakfast and before bedtime.
For children 12-24 months, use a child toothbrush and a tiny dot of toothpaste. Do not use fluoridated toothpaste unless our staff recommends it. Teach your children the proper techniques to brush and floss.
We recommend you floss your child’s teeth when he/she has two teeth that touch each other. This occurs around two to two-and-half years of age. To help them, tie the ends of a piece of floss together to form a loop of about 10 inches in length. Your child holds this section of floss between their thumb and forefinger as they floss.
Children learn by example. When you take care of your teeth, you also teach them proper oral hygiene. To make the process fun, brush and floss with your child!
It is vitally important to be proactive about your child’s oral health. The American Dental Association and our staff recommend that children visit a dentist within six months of the eruption of their first tooth. We also recommend regular dental check-ups and preventative care. Our routine dental exams allow our staff to discover problems early when it is easier to treat.
When you visit our Pemberville office, our staff will gather and review the full health history of your child. Your child’s visit will also include:
We understand that some parents have concerns about the use of fluoride on their children’s teeth. Unfortunately, there is a lot misinformation out there about this substance. If you have any questions, our team is happy to discuss our use of fluoride on your child’s teeth with you.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that fluoride is a safe, naturally occurring substance used to prevent tooth decay. Our trained staff of dental professionals uses fluoride to strengthen your child’s teeth and help prevent cavities, tartar build-up, and other dental diseases.
You might feel guilty if your child develops a cavity. These feelings are a normal and natural part of parenthood. There are many factors involved in a child’s predisposition to cavities. The shape of your child’s teeth and how close they are in the mouth play an important role. So do parental dental history and the unique composition of mouth bacteria.
Rest assured, we deal with children’s cavities nearly every day. We use dental sealants to help prevent tooth decay, and dental fillings in the event of cavities. Our dental team will diagnose your child’s teeth and recommends the best treatment option.
Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease? Fortunately, dental sealants prevent or reduce the development of decay on your child’s teeth.
A dental sealant is a clear or tooth-colored plastic material. We apply it to the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth. Typically, this is where decay occurs. Sealants protect the normal depressions and grooves in your child’s teeth.
If we discover a cavity during your child’s examination, we recommend a filling. There's no need to worry. Your child’s first filling doesn't have to be a painful or stressful experience. Together, we can make the process a pleasant one for your child.
We recommend you remain calm, confident, and above all, positive. If your child sees that you are nervous, they become nervous, too. Also, don't describe their filling experience as a form of punishment. Instead, explain the procedure simply, in terms your child will understand.
Don't allow your child to go it alone. Even if you stay calm and explain everything, your child still has some apprehension. We ask you stay in the room during the procedure, and even hold your child’s hand if you think it will help. Being there keeps your child calm and relaxed and helps us provide him or her with the best possible dental care.
We have tools to make your child’s filling procedure quick and painless, including our new Solea Dental Laser (say goodbye to drills!). Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) reduces anxiety and provides some pain relief. For younger children, oral sedatives help them remain relaxed during the procedure. Our staff will discuss these options with you to keep you fully informed.
Is your child involved in a recreational activity such as soccer, hockey, of football? Do they ride scooters, skateboards, or bicycles? If so, we recommend they wear a mouth guard. Our custom-fit mouth guards are comfortable and protective. Your child will love to use them during their favorite activities. Contact us today to discuss the advantages these devices provide your child.