It’s never too early to build a healthy relationship with a dentist and starting at an early age means having support for the crucial years when your child’s smile is developing. Not every dentist has the experience or extensive education required to practice pediatric dentistry. Our team are all experts in pediatric dentistry and have years of experience working with children and helping them get a happy, healthy smile!
Early checkups and cleanings provide staff with the opportunity to help your child understand the process of dental visits while we prioritize your child’s comfort through every step. Gentle cleanings that start early in life help promote a positive association with dental cleaning processes, and they also build healthy habits. You can also expect our staff to talk to you about your child’s oral development, so you know if there are any challenges on the horizon.
Another major goal of pediatric dentistry for toddlers is to help teach kids good home care for their oral health as early as possible. Once your child is capable of holding a toothbrush, we will give you the tools and techniques to help them learn the best way to brush. We believe the best way to teach children to brush is to make it fun! Making brushing fun turns it into a positive experience in kids minds which will then encourage it to be habitual.
While brushing and flossing should always be your first defense in protecting your smile. Sometimes we need an extra barrier to safeguard from plaque and bacteria. Sealants are a clear enamel which is applied to the tops or crowns of teeth, giving your child added protection in those hard to brush areas where we most commonly see cavities. Dental sealants last for several years without maintenance beyond regular oral hygiene at home, so you can get them applied early and count on their protection until your child’s adult teeth come in.
Fluoride has been shown to encourage good oral health by strengthening teeth and preventing tooth decay. To a certain degree, the earlier children are exposed to it, the more effective it is at sidelining tooth decay. That’s why many municipalities add fluoride to drinking water in small amounts. It’s also why it is included in many types of mouthwash and toothpaste. While these passive methods of fluoride exposure are usually enough, regular fluoride treatments from your local dentist in Dickson help ensure your child gets the maximum benefit from exposure to this compound. When you visit our pediatric dental office in Dickson, our team will look at your child’s smile and determine if fluoride is needed.
Our staff is ready to set you up with an appointment during regular business hours. Give us a call, and after a few questions we will set up a date for you and your toddler to visit our pediatric dental office in Dickson. We look forward to seeing you soon!