Pediatric Dentistry in Allen
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Did you know that most children do not need the services of a specialist? Bringing your kids with you to dental visits not only models the behaviors that they need to see, it can also be comforting for the children to do this as a family.
Kids need to see the dentist too. The best time to bring them is around 3 years of age. The earlier children seen the dentist, the better chance there is to prevent dental disease and build healthy habits. The dentist and the hygienist can teach them the things that they need to know to keep their teeth healthy.
It is very important to get kids started on the right track with their teeth when it comes to the dentist. Children's dentistry in Allen approach is tailored to easing kids into the dental environment by making it fun. Many dental phobias that adults carry around with them started when they were kids. Getting your child used to seeing the dentist and hygienist with dental checkups and teeth cleanings makes it much easier if a problem does arise because they are used to the dental team and not afraid. Do not wait until the child has serious dental problems before bringing them in. While most children do not need to see a specialist unless there is a specialty type of problem, children do have different dental concerns than adults.
WHAT IS A 'DENTAL HOME' IN Allen?
The Dental Home concept is the idea that parents establish a relationship between a child and a dentist very early on in life. This creates a sense of regularity, a necessary fixture in the child’s life, just other professionals a child sees on a regular basis. It’s important to establish early and get a child used to the idea that a visit to the dentist can simply be for a check-up, rather than meaning something is wrong with their teeth.
WHEN SHOULD A CHILD SEE THE DENTIST?
Children do best in the dental chair at about three to four years of age. At this age, the visit is very quick and easy. Usually, no x rays are taken at this age, we are just getting them used to letting someone else look at their teeth and clean them.
CAN MY CHILD GO WITH ME TO THE FAMILY DENTIST?
Absolutely! It is a great time to model good behavior for your child and let them see that it is something that everyone in the family should do
WHAT IS TEETHING?
Teething is the process by which the baby teeth or “milk teeth” begin to emerge from the gums. There’s some variance here in when this occurs, with some children getting their first teeth as early as three months while others may not have it happen until they are a year old.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE-EFFECTS OF TEETHING?
Teething is a relatively significant activity for a baby’s biology, so increased temperature, sleeplessness, irritability and increased drooling may all be noticed. A child may even lose his or her appetite due to the discomfort that comes from teeth emerging.
While it is normal for a child to experience some minor health problems while teething, fever, rash or diarrhea do not fall within the normal, healthy zone for symptoms. If your child is showing any of these while teething, bring him or her into the doctor for an examination.
WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD START LOOSING TEETH?
Most kids will get their first adult tooth at age 6. These teeth come in behind the baby teeth and are the first adult molars. After the first molars come in the front teeth begin getting loose at age 6 to age 7. The shedding of the baby teeth continues until age 11. Every child is different and these ages may vary.
WHEN WILL MY CHILD NEED BRACES?
Most children will not need braces until about age 12. However, it is good to begin screening for braces at age 8 because some children will need them sooner.
The early phases of your child’s dental development are important. Even though baby teeth aren’t permanent, they “set the stage” for the path that permanent teeth will follow. It is important to keep them healthy by ensuring your child sees a dentist early on, and becomes familiar with both professional dental care, and oral hygiene at home. For more information about our pediatric dentistry services in Allen contact our team at All Smiles Dentistry today.