Compassionate Care for Young Patients
A little help with teaching your children good hygiene practices goes a long way, but it’s only the beginning of what compassionate children’s dentistry means. It also includes performing regular checkups and cleanings in a way that helps children remain calm and comfortable during their visit. It also means creating conservative, highly personalized treatments whenever children are faced with increased risks of potentially serious issues such as cavities, bite misalignment, and more.
An early introduction to dental health
Routine checkups and cleanings should be attended by patients of all ages, starting at the age of three. However, until children become accustomed to the setting, visiting the dentist’s office can make them anxious and nervous. Therefore, we advise bringing children in for an initial visit by the age of one, or shortly after the first tooth appears. The visit will include a brief inspection of the tooth and gums and allow your child to become familiar with the environment.
When it’s time to start routine visits
By the age of three, children should begin attending regular checkups and cleanings at least once every six months. To help young children become even more comfortable with visiting the dentist until then, bring them with you to your own regularly scheduled appointments, as well. After they begin their own schedule of appointments, we can keep a close eye on their teeth and oral structures to ensure their proper, healthy growth and development.
When further treatment is required
Even with good education and an early introduction to dental health care, children are often still susceptible to conditions like cavities that result from excessive plaque and tartar buildup on their teeth. If we notice that your child’s teeth have become weaker or more likely to develop cavities, we can suggest further preventive measures such as fluoride treatment, which strengthens tooth enamel against decay. We can also recommend dental sealants, or biocompatible layers that are painted over children’s molars to create a barrier that stops plaque and tartar buildup.
Giving children’s smiles an advantage
Children have a few unique considerations when it comes to their dental health, and our team is especially skilled at addressing them in a comforting, compassionate, and kid-friendly manner. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402)330-2243.We proudly serve patients who live Omaha, Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, and Millard, and all surrounding communities.