The oral health of children is super important for the oral health of their future. It’s also important that you take your children to a dentist’s office that is trained to work with children and has an environment where they’re going to feel safe. LIFESmiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, a dentist in Boise, ID, discusses how important pediatric dentistry is and how we handle it in our office.
Why Pediatric Dentistry is Important
Children should be seen for their first dental visit by their first birthday or six months after their first tooth has erupted. Getting children started early with dental care instills good oral care habits for the rest of their lives. It gets them into the routine of regular dental visits, and we can also teach them good brushing and flossing skills to use beyond childhood.
Getting your child used to the dentist early can also help limit problems with dental anxiety later in life. We take care in making sure our staff is trained to give a positive experience for children. We strive to be compassionate and make sure that your child knows that a dental visit isn’t something they should be afraid of.
In addition, seeing your child regularly as they grow helps us keep an eye on any early issues that arise. As with any health condition, it’s easier to treat any dental problems if we catch them early on. When we’re seeing them every six months, we can track the development of their teeth and voice any concerns we have, such as if we think they’ll need orthodontic work.
Pediatric Dental Services at LIFESmiles
We provide a variety of pediatric services in our Boise, Idaho dentist office. Most commonly, we offer bi-annual cleanings and dental exams to make sure your child’s teeth are healthy and on the right track. During many of these, we’ll do diagnostic x-rays to make sure there are no underlying problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
Fluoride treatments are offered and recommended for children to keep their dental enamel strong and resistant to tooth decay. If you think your child may be at risk for dental cavities or has had issues with them before, the dentist may recommend sealants. Dental sealants are painted onto the tooth to provide extra protection against tooth decay.
Dental fillings are something we can do if your child does experience a dental cavity. We also offer pediatric dental bonding for any minor chips in their teeth. With the rough and tumble play of children, this can be a common issue. Lastly, we always give our patients and their parents quality dental education. We want everyone to be knowledgeable about our processes and why we do them, as well as how you can keep your teeth healthy and strong.
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