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Making Children Comfortable
Frankly, you can’t provide top-quality dental care to a nervous, skittish, or terrified kid. When children are uncomfortable, they’ll fight tooth-and-nail (pun intended) when they hear the dreaded word “dentist.” As you can guess, this doesn’t make for a pleasant or effective visit. We’re well-versed in the fine art of making children comfortable and keeping them entertained. When all else fails, we’ve got TVs in the ceilings to entertain them while we work.
We focus on treating all our little ones with patience and compassion, helping to establish trust and mitigate their worries. In extreme cases, we can administer nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, so that they can still receive the oral care they need without the extra stress.
“Dr. Standish has been my dentist since I was about 8. I live about 2 hours from his office and I still go see him every 6 months.”
Pediatric Dental Services We Offer
Since children’s mouths are still developing, they have specific needs. We provide preventative care and regular services like fillings, but we also know what to look for when it comes to the development and structure issues that necessitate orthodontics.
In many cases, correcting orthodontic conditions early can save on treatment later and ensure that your child’s smile stays healthy and beautiful.
We’re also diligent in inspecting wisdom teeth and making any needed recommendations for treatment, which we can also provide in-office. While wisdom teeth get a bad rap, they don’t always have to be removed. If we recommend removal, we’ll run you and your teenager through the options. If we think they don’t need to be removed, we can help keep wisdom teeth healthy and problem-free.
Building Good Habits for Life
Developing good daily oral care habits like brushing and flossing will inevitably have a huge impact on your child’s development. That’s why we place utmost importance on helping to educate children – and parents – on proper daily care routines. This way, they’re set up for a lifetime of pearly whites, confident smiles, and as little time in a dentist’s chair as possible. We’d say that’s a success for everyone.
Come by for a visit to see if we’re the right fit for you and your child.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I bring my child into the dentist for the first time?
We recommend bringing your child to our office when their first tooth arrives or by their first birthday. That way, we can give them an early checkup to prevent future dental issues.
How often should I bring my child to the dentist?
Your child should have a dental checkup every six months to ensure that there aren’t any serious issues or cavaties. However, we may recommend bringing them in more often depending on the state of their oral health.
When should my child start using toothpaste?
Your child can use a fluoride toothpaste at around the age of three. Up until then, we recommend softly brushing their teeth with water and a soft-bristled brush.
Are baby teeth actually important to my child?
Yes, your child’s first set of teeth plays an important role in their oral health. They not only help them learn how to speak clearly and chew naturally, but they also form the pathways that their permanent teeth will follow when they come in.
What do I do when my child has a toothache?
If your child has a toothache, rinse out their mouth with warm salt water and visit our office as soon as possible so we can help them start feeling better.