When should I bring my child to the dentist?
We recommend your child visit us starting at 1 year of age, or when they get their first tooth, whichever comes first. This visit will help to establish comfort in the dental office to set your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles. During this first visit, your dentist will perform a quick oral evaluation to assess gum and tooth health. We’ll also discuss proper home care, nutrition, growth and development expectations, orthodontic evaluations, and any questions you may have.
Establishing a dental home for your child is an important element in preventive care. Our mission is to teach you and your child how to care for little teeth in the earliest years, through orthodontics, and beyond. Rather than fixing a problem, we want to prevent the problem from happening in the first place. Of course, should an issue arise, you’re in excellent care with our skilled dental team.
As a part of our dental family, know that your child is always treated with the respect and kindness we would give our own children. As a family dental practice, the Ranieu team is skilled in providing excellent care for your entire family.
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Prepare For Your Visit
Prepare your child
If possible, schedule morning appointments so young children are alert and fresh. Prepare a preschooler or older child for the visit by giving him or her a general idea of what to expect. Explain why it is important to go to the dentist. Build excitement and understanding.
Discuss your questions and concerns with the dentist. Remember that your feeling toward dental visits can be quite different from your child’s. Be honest with your view of the dentist. If you have dental anxieties, be careful not to relate those fears or dislikes to your child. Parents need to give moral support by staying calm while in the dental exam room. Children can pick up parents’ anxieties and become anxious themselves.
Prepare the dentist
At the first visit, give the dentist your child’s complete health history. For a restoration visit, such as getting a cavity filled, tell the dentist if your child tends to be stubborn, defiant, anxious, or fearful in other situations. Watch how your child reacts. Many parents are able to guess how their child will respond and should tell the dentist. Certain behaviors may be linked to your child’s age:
- 10 to 24 months. Some securely attached children may get upset when taken from their parents for an exam.
- 2 to 3 years. A securely attached child may be able to cope with a brief separation from parents. In a 2-year-old, “no” may be a common response.
- 3 years. Three-year-olds may not be OK being apart from a parent when having a dental procedure such as getting a cavity filled. This is because most 3-year-olds are not socially mature enough to separate from parents.
- 4 years. Most children should be able to sit in another room from parents for exams and treatment procedures.
Children's Dental Treatments
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Cleaning & Prevention
Achieve and maintain optimal oral health with routine dental cleanings and at-home care.
Cavities can be treated with a tooth-colored filling to blend seamlessly with your tooth.
Your comfort is our priority. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedation.
If it’s in the best interest of your oral health, your dentist will remove a tooth when necessary.
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