Children's Dentist in Glenpool
Drs. Mohanna and Georgy recommend that the first children’s dentistry visit occur when your child acquires his or her first tooth. Visits before the age of four are called happy visits, and are designed to get kids accustomed to the dental office as well as educate both child and parents on how to maintain good oral health at home. In these visits, your child may be asked to sit on your lap during the examination. As kids get older, children’s dentistry examinations become more extensive and parents may be asked to remain in the reception for part of the visit in order to establish a relationship between your child and the dentist.
What to Expect at a Children’s Dentistry Visit
- X-rays will be taken to assess for cavities and developing teeth.
- The need for supplemental fluoride will be determined.
- Teeth will be cleaned, fluoride administered, and a recall schedule established.
- Check for adverse habits like thumb sucking and tongue trusting.
- Teach proper brushing and flossing.
- Counsel on healthy eating habits.
How to Prepare Your Child for His or Her First Children’s Dentistry Visit
- Show them pictures of the office and team on this website
- Recite happy memories of your dental visits
- Explain what will happen
- Read books with them about going to the dentist
Children’s Dentistry 101
Kids’ first teeth begin to erupt around 6 months. They usually are the lower front two teeth, and the upper four will follow and then the remaining dentition. By the age of 2 ½, a child will have twenty primary teeth and children’s dentistry visits become very important for maintenance and development. Healthy baby teeth are all important for not only food intake, appearance, and speech, but also to maintain space for the permanent teeth as well. Around the age of six, the child will begin acquire permanent adult teeth. Some of these will replace baby teeth, while others won’t.
How to prevent dreaded tooth decay is one of the most common children’s dentistry questions we get. Tooth decay occurs as bacteria feeds off your food intake, creating acids that eat away at the tooth. A well balanced diet, proper brushing and flossing techniques, supplemental fluoride, and routine children’s dentistry visits can all help prevent tooth decay.
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks
- Encourage proper brushing and flossing
- Avoid sticky foods
- Avoid starchy foods
- Encourage child to swallow and not let food linger in mouth
- Choose nutritious snacks
- Have dentist place sealants on deeply pitted teeth
Preventive Children’s Dentistry
Sealants are a wonderful way to protect your teeth from decay. Sealants are an acrylic coating that is placed on the biting surfaces of your molars. They seal the deep grooves on these teeth and provide a barrier to the plaque and acids that can break down the tooth enamel. Sealants are actually great for children and adults alike. They are easy to apply and take only a few minutes. They last for many years before requiring a touch-up application.
Ready to make your children’s dentistry appointment? Contact us and our friendly team will be happy to help. We look forward to seeing your little one’s big, bright smile!