At Highline Dental, we’d love to be your family’s go-to dental home for years to come. We believe in fostering healthy, beautiful smiles for patients in every stage of life. From the youngest member of your family to the oldest, our practice offers a wide scope of services to keep your family smiling!
And, yes, we love seeing children! Below are some tips on bringing the younger members of your family in for a routine visit!
We’re all well aware of the importance of routine dental visits, but there can be some confusion regarding proper care for children. However, just like adults, it’s very important to start children on early visits to the dentist for the following reasons:
Your child should be brought in to see the dentist as soon as the first teeth start to show. This can range anywhere between 6-10 months.
For children 3-4 years of age and younger, a visual exam will be performed. If your child’s teeth appear healthy, then they will be given a cleaning. Children 4-5 years of age will have x-rays taken to detect any cavities that may be present in-between the teeth.
For us, it’s very important to try and establish trust with your child during this first visit. When they trust our team, they feel safe coming to the dentist, which makes future visits much more pleasant for them.
Sealants are a protective covering placed on the adult molars to help protect them from future decay. These permanent molars first come in at the age of 6, so it’s important we do all we can to keep them safe as the child may still be learning how to best manage their oral hygiene.
If a child has a very small cavity on a primary (baby) tooth that is expected to fall out in several month, then treatment may not be necessary. If the primary tooth is to be retained for a year or more, it is highly advised to treat the tooth.
One of the main purposes that primary teeth serve is to maintain the space for the adult tooth to erupt. That’s why it’s important to keep them healthy until they’re ready to fall out. Failure to do so may lead to risk of infection or complications orthodontically in the future.
Don’t worry. We can help! At Highline Dental, we offer nitrous oxide to help our child patients relax while receiving treatment. When used responsibly, nitrous oxide is a safe and effective anxiolytic. Combined with our focus on building trust, we have been able to treat many child patients with great success!
Unfortunately, sometimes a child may still have trouble relaxing during treatment, even with the help of nitrous. In that case, a referral to a pediatric dentist may be required.