According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should visit the dentist within six months after the presence of the first tooth or by his or her first birthday. Early oral examination aids in the detection of the early stages of tooth decay. Early detection is also essential to maintaining good oral health.
The initial visit is a great time to discuss your child’s oral development and to review best practices to ensure a lifetime of happy and healthy teeth. This visit also introduces your child to the sounds and feel of a dental office. Dr. Montee will make your child feel welcome and at ease.
The First Visit
During each visit, we will gently clean your child’s teeth and remove any plaque or tartar. We will carefully examine their mouth and teeth for any potential issues with their growth or tooth development. X-Rays will be needed to best evaluate tooth eruption and evaluate cavity development. Each visit, we will discuss techniques and strategies to work with your children for developing good home brushing habits and positive diet choices. We love to involve the parents in developing mouth healthy strategies catered for their children’s needs.
What treatment could you propose?
- Fluoride: This mineral can strengthen your child’s tooth enamel, making teeth more resistant to decay. Fluoride may be applied in office or used in certain toothpastes and mouth rinses.
- Sealants: They are a protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of molars. Recent studies have found that sealants can be highly effective in preventing tooth decay.
- Fillings/Stainless Steel Crowns: When cavities are present, we need to fix them. It is very important that baby teeth are maintained until normal exfoliation (tooth loss). Baby teeth hold the place for adult teeth to replace them and if they are lost prematurely, space can be lost and adult teeth may not come through properly.
- X-Rays: X-rays are vital to assist us in best caring for your family’s teeth. We are able to assess tooth development and cavity formation early so we can avoid painful and expensive procedures.