Safe, comprehensive and high-quality oral health care is the goal of dentistry for children. At Smiles 4 Life, we fulfill that promise by providing personalized care that accommodates the individual needs of each child. Going to the dentist can be an enjoyable experience for children, and our team makes a special effort to make children feel at ease so that we can help give them the beautiful smiles they deserve.
First Dental Visit
Smiles 4 Life, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that parents schedule their child’s first dental visit between the arrival of the first tooth and the child’s first birthday. This initial office visit typically involves very little treatment, as an important aim of dentistry for children at this stage is to give them an opportunity to meet and become comfortable with our dental staff. The first dental visit will involve a check of your child’s existing teeth for decay and an examination of your child’s bite and gums. The dental hygienist will then clean the teeth and offer education on proper oral health care practices.
Preventive Dental Care
Most experts in dentistry for children advise that parents should schedule dental examinations and cleanings every six months. At each visit, the team at Smiles 4 Life will evaluate your child’s need for preventive treatments. Depending upon the needs of your child, we may recommend a professional fluoride treatment or a sealant to help protect the teeth and prevent cavities. For children who clench or grind their teeth at night, we may also suggest a mouth guard to prevent further injury or trauma to the teeth.
Adopting Healthy Habits
Perhaps the most significant factor in maintaining a brilliant smile is forming solid oral health care habits. Regular brushing is essential, and your child should begin brushing as soon as the first tooth arrives. For optimal oral hygiene, Smiles 4 Life recommends brushing after every meal and at bedtime. Routine flossing is also important to keeping the teeth and gums healthy, and we advise that children begin to floss as soon as the teeth touch. We will teach your child how to brush and floss properly, but children will need a parent’s help or supervision until at least age six. Good home care, along with regular dental visits, can provide your child with the foundation for a healthy smile.
At Smiles 4 Life, we are experts in dentistry for children and have the skills and compassion to deliver treatment tailored to the needs of your child. Call or stop in our convenient Columbus location to schedule an appointment for your child today.