Child Dentistry

Dentist

Tyler, TX.

Your kid’s first visit

The first “regular” dental trip must be just after your toddler’s third birthday. The first dental session is generally short and includes very little treatment. Our pediatric dentist may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your kid during the oral exam. You may even be asked to wait in the reception zone during part of the visit so that a bond can be developed between your kid and the pediatric dentist.

We will carefully and gently check your toddler’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to check decay and examine the development of your kid’s permanent teeth under the gums). The pediatric dentist may clean your kid’s teeth and provide topical fluoride to help guard the teeth against any decay. We will ensure your kid is receiving a sufficient amount of fluoride at home. Most crucial of all, we will check with you how to clean and take proper care of your toddler’s teeth.

What should I tell my kid about the first dental visit?

We have been asked this query several times. We advise you to prepare your kid the similar way you would before their first haircut session or visit the shoe store. Your kid’s reaction to his/her first visit to the dentist may amaze you.

Here are a few ‘First Visit’ tips:

During your first visit the dentist will:

What about preventive care?

Tooth decay and kids no longer need to go hand in hand. At our dental office, we are always concerned with every aspect of preventive dental care. We always use the modern technique in dental sealant systems to shield your kid’s teeth. Dental sealants are actually space-age plastics that are fixed to the chewing surfaces of back teeth that are decay-prone. This is simply one of the approaches by which we will set the foundation for your kid’s lifetime of optimal oral health.

Cavity prevention

Maximum time cavities attack because of a diet rich in sugary food items and a lack of proper flossing and brushing. Reducing sugar intake and flossing and brushing daily, obviously, can help. The longer it takes your kid to chew and bite their food and the longer the food debris stick on their teeth, the higher the risk of getting cavities.

Every time when a person eats, an acid reaction takes place inside their mouth since the bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction stays for about 20 minutes. During this time the acidic environment formed inside the mouth can damage the tooth structure, enamel and ultimately result in cavities.

Consistency of an individual’s saliva also can create a great difference; thinner saliva breaks up and rinses away food particles faster. When an individual eats a diet that is high in carbohydrates and sugars they usually tend to have thicker saliva, which in fact lets more of the acid-producing bacteria to result in the growth of cavities.

Tips for cavity prevention

The first baby teeth that appear in a kid’s mouth are the two bottom front teeth. You will be able to see this when your toddler is around 6-8 months old. Next will come up are the 4 upper front teeth and the rest of your toddler’s teeth will emerge periodically. They will generally erupt in pairs along both the sides of the jaw until the kid is around two and a half years old.

When your kid is around two and a half years of age, he/she should have all 20 teeth. When your child will be between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will start to show up. A few of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth while others don’t. There is nothing to worry about if a few teeth are some months early or late as every kid is different.

Baby teeth are vital as they not only make room for permanent teeth but they are also crucial to biting, chewing, speech and appearance. For this very reason, it is essential to maintain a healthy and balanced diet and daily hygiene.

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