When you have a child you want to make sure everything you do makes them a healthier, happier person. That includes caring for their teeth, which may seems like a daunting and terrifying prospect if you don’t know where to begin!
Edgewood Dental Care is a family practice for patients of all ages, so we know just what should happen at each stage of your child’s development. Today we’re going to talk teeth through the years so that you know exactly what to be prepared for each step of the way.
Before A Single Tooth
If you keep to a schedule of regular six month cleanings you’re probably wondering what you’re going to have to do with your child during your appointment. We’d love to have you bring them with when you come in!
Having your child exposed to the environment at the dentist office is a great way for them to get used to the sights and sounds of dentistry before they need care for themselves. It’s also a great way for them to see a parent get dental care so that they know it’s not a big deal.
The Earliest Tooth
Children generally get their first baby tooth around their first birthday. The American Academy Of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child sees the dentist for the first time around this age. Whichever comes first, a tooth or a birthday, is the perfect opportunity to bring your child in for a visit. Their exam won’t be super in-depth, but this initial visit gives us a chance to be sure everything is going according to plan.
It’s good to establish a record of care from the earliest possible days – we’ll have better records to track growth and development as your child grows up! After that initial appointment we’ll work out the ideal treatment schedule for your child so that they can continue to get great care until that next milestone.
Your Child’s Transforming Smile
Most children start losing their first set of teeth around their seventh birthday. This is the ideal time to start thinking about orthodontic care and to start correcting problems before they become set in place! In many cases we can plan your child’s treatment before it begins so that we make it as fast, affordable, and effective as it can be.
Braces usually won’t go on at this early stage – we want to wait for all their adult teeth to be in place. Starting treatment as soon as they’re ready is the ideal plan, and that means planning as soon as we can! For some children it’s even possible to start some early treatments to intercept crooked teeth as soon as they start to emerge.
We’re Here For All Life’s Bumps And Accidents
You never know when an accident will happen, which is why we see emergency patients as fast as we can. Sports, school, and life happen to your children, and they often happen pretty roughly. When your child has a dental emergency of any kind we’re ready to help!
We have extended hours every day of the week so those after-school tumbles won’t have to wait. We’re open Saturdays too – just call and we’ll do our best to fit you in.
Keep That Smile Healthy For Life
Studies have shown that children who see the dentist every six month grow into adults that do the same. Preventive dental treatments at an early age are exactly what your child needs to grow into an adult with a healthy, bright smile that is decay and gum disease free.
We use fluoride, dental sealants, cleanings, and exams to keep your child’s teeth safe. Keeping their teeth healthy in the early years can make all the difference as they grow up: don’t let them turn into adults who spend a small fortune repairing teeth that could have remained healthy!
Complete Family Dentistry For All!
We love seeing new families grow into healthy, happy ones. Whether you’re looking for a new family dentist, just relocated to the Edgewood area, or are simply looking for a new provide we’d love to be your go-to destination. Our team is ready to handle all your dental care needs from the youngest patients all the way up.
If you’re ready to discover all we can offer at Edgewood Dental Care give us a call at 859-474-7830. You can also request an appointment online for anyone in your family. We look forward to seeing you and yours soon!