Children should come in for their first dental appointment about 6 months after they get their first baby tooth or by their first birthday. Dr. Bateman checks children’s teeth for signs of potential problems and assesses their oral health overall at this first visit. Bringing children in from an early age also helps them get used to coming in for dental visits, which can help them feel calmer.
Children should have dental exams and cleanings done every 6 months. This gives Dr. Bateman a chance to check for early signs of problems that children might have with teeth coming out or teeth coming in, as well as potential issues with jaw alignment. Parents should also keep in mind that plaque can build up over the course of several months. Waiting longer in between cleanings gives plaque a chance to accumulate and lead to a higher risk of tooth decay or gum inflammation.
Pediatric visits sometimes involve the use of fluoride treatments. Fluoride makes children’s tooth enamel stronger, which lowers their risk of tooth decay. These treatments are an important part of helping children maintain healthy teeth as they grow if they’re not getting enough fluoride from other sources, such as drinking water.
Having X-rays taken is a routine part of dental care for children. Dental X-rays emit radiation, but the amount is very low. These X-rays help Dr. Bateman evaluate children’s oral health and detect early signs of problems with teeth or jaw alignment.
It’s important for children to feel comfortable and at ease as much as possible at dental appointments. Being calm makes it easier for Dr. Bateman and dental hygienists to do cleanings and other dental work. It also makes dental visits a more pleasant experience for children. Dr. Bateman ensures that children feel safe and calm while they’re having their teeth cleaned, examined, or treated. For more information on pediatric dentistry services or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Bateman at Los Altos Dental.
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