There are few things more important than your child’s health, and that includes his or her dental health.
Long before the first visit from the Tooth Fairy, your child’s teeth and gums need care and attention – it’s the best way to ensure they develop into a strong adult smile. And just as your dental health affects your overall health, the same is true for your child. One of the most important things you can do for your child is to make sure his or her dental health gets the attention it deserves.
From the first tooth to the breakthrough of that last molar, Dr. Keisha and the team at Aurentz Family Dental want to help you and your child achieve optimal dental health.
Beginning at age six months, Dr. Keisha provides comprehensive dental exams. Her goal is to help your child avoid cavities and develop good dental health. She’ll keep an eye on your child’s dental development and give you reassurance that things are progressing as they should. And if a dental challenge does arise, she’ll offer you information about the best course of treatment and assist you with the implementation of that treatment.
The First Big Milestone – Your Child’s First Trip to the Dentist
One of the most common questions dentists hear from new patients, “When should I schedule my child’s first visit to the dentist?”
Unfortunately, many parents wait far too long to schedule that first visit. We like to tell parents the ideal time is within the first year, when his or her first tooth appears, or no later than one year of age. “First visit by the first birthday!” is what we like to say!
The first visit can be a little scary for baby and parent, but you can relax. Dr. Keisha knows how to deal with the usual anxiety of meeting a new person and visiting an office that can seem a bit overwhelming to little ones. During the first visit, Dr. Keisha views your child’s baby teeth and looks for any signs of decay. She also ensures the teeth are developing normally and might even take x-rays to get a thorough look at dental health. Fluoride treatment might also be recommended.
Finally, you and Dr. Keisha will discuss the best way to care for your child’s teeth at home and help your child get started with a dental routine.
Early visits help your child feel at ease with the dentist as he or she grows, and puts you on the right path to optimal dental health. And incorporating dental visits into your child’s schedule early reduces the risk of future dental problems.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist is a great way to help him or her get acquainted with our office and our staff, and our littlest patients love Dr. Keisha’s gentle touch and friendly, fun demeanor!
Continued Dental Health for Your Growing Child
Your child’s primary (baby) teeth help your child develop proper speech and chew naturally. They also aid in forming the path permanent (adult) teeth will take as they erupt.
Scheduling regular visits – two times per year, usually – to the dentist helps us track your child’s dental development and provide important preventative treatments, such as fluoride and sealants, which keep decay-causing agents out of teeth’s crevices. Childhood dental appointments are also a great opportunity for your child to learn good brushing and flossing techniques they’ll carry with them into adulthood.
What Happens If My Child Gets a Cavity?
Despite how careful you are with your child’s dental health, cavities might develop. A cavity diagnosis can be scary for you and your child, but we can help you through the experience. We’ll provide dental restorations and fillings, and provide a positive experience in a gentle, caring atmosphere.
Our goal is to keep the little ones calm, comfortable, and confident. If your child is overwhelmed or uneasy during a visit, Dr. Keisha can provide nitrous oxide – a safe, sedative agent that relaxes your child and makes treatment and communication easier. Should a dental issue be serious enough to require general anesthesia, Dr. Keisha can recommend a specialist right for the job. We want to provide the best possible care for your child’s dental health, and we can discuss all avenues of care based on your child’s needs.
Family Dental Care in Rockwall, Texas
If you are in need of general dentistry, including emergency care, we can help. Whether your child has just cut his or her first tooth, or you are searching for the most positive experience for your child’s dental care, contact Aurentz Family Dental to schedule an appointment!