Parents frequently ask us when a child’s first dental appointment should take place. At Future of Dentistry, we recommend you schedule this visit after the first tooth arrives and before the child’s first birthday. This is consistent with the American Dental Association’s recommendation.
We call this the “Happy Visit!” It is vital that children start their early dental experiences with fun, easy, non-threatening visits. Our dental hygienists are great with the little ones. At our dental center, your children will learn about the suction (“Mr. Thirsty”), the water squirter, the bright light, and, if they are ready for it, the tickling toothbrush.
Teaching the importance of oral health at an early age
A great way to gradually introduce your children to the dentist is to bring them along on your dental visit! By doing so, you give your child the chance to get acclimated to the dental environment. Parents can play a big part in showing that going to the dentist isn’t something to be afraid of.
By making every experience a positive one, you can help ensure that going to the dentist will never be something your child avoids because of fear. This also allows our dentists to begin checking your children’s teeth early, to ensure that they are practicing good brushing and oral care.
At Future of Dentistry, we understand your concern for your child’s oral health. We will help you make the right choices to ensure that your child has a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile for years to come!
Essential at-home dental care habits to follow:
- Brush your teeth 2 times a day
- Floss every day
- Eat nutritious foods
- Cut down on sugary beverages
Athletic mouth guards
Every child who plays sports should have a customized mouth guard. Research shows custom-fit mouth guards help prevent concussions and other head injuries, in addition to protecting the teeth. Ask our staff how custom guards make a difference — and ask about our programs to help make sports guards affordable for local families.
Do you wish there was a way to aid in the prevention of tooth decay and cavities for you and your family members? Dental sealants are the perfect answer.
Sealants provide a shield against bacteria, food particles, plaque, and acids; thus, preventing harmful bacteria and decay from brewing in the grooves of your teeth. They serve as a preventive measure to minimize your chances of developing more serious dental problems in the future.
Sealants are made from a thin, plastic coating that is either white or clear in color. Our dental hygienists paint the dental sealant in the grooves of your teeth so that bacteria and food particles cannot enter the tiny grooves allowing tooth decay to begin. We consider dental sealants to be a crucial part of your children’s and teenager’s preventive dental care.
We recommend sealants for the back teeth, specifically the molars and premolars. Children usually get their first molars around age 6, with the second molars appearing around age 12. Sealing these teeth before decay has the chance to start is our recommendation.
The procedure is quick and painless. Removing tooth structure is not needed — that means no anesthesia, shots, or drilling!
- First, we clean the tooth by placing a special gel on the chewing surface for a few seconds, then washing it off and drying the tooth.
- Next, the sealant is precisely painted on the tooth.
- Lastly, a bright curing light is used to help harden the sealant, which takes approximately 1 minute.
- Sealants are a safe, painless, and cost-effective way to institute a line of defense against oral decay and bacteria. Sealants provide a long-lasting effect (lasting between 5-10 years) before they need re-application.
While most of our patients practice effective at-home oral hygiene, the toothbrush is not capable of reaching the food and plaque located in the deep groves. With dental sealants, the plaque and food won’t have the chance to hide there.
Remember, once decay forms, the tooth is damaged permanently.
If you would like a protective barrier against decay-causing bacteria, ask for dental sealants. You can schedule your complimentary consultation during our convenient office hours, offered 6 days a week!