Your child won’t keep his or her first teeth for long, but baby teeth are still crucial to your child’s overall oral health. Preventive dental care should be a part of your child’s well-being plan from the time his or her very first tooth erupts.
Building a foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles begins with that your child’s first visit to the dentist. Kids who start going to the dentist when they are young tend to grow into adults who also visit the dentist regularly.
At Columbia Dental Care, We have Dr. Rungnapa Yang, our pediatric dental specialist, who has received extensive training to treat children. Give us a call today to make an appointment for your child!
Preventive Care for Infants
Children have 20 baby teeth, which usually start growing in as early as three months or as late as 12 months. In most kids, the first teeth to come in are the two bottom teeth. This is the time that the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association both recommend you bring your child in for their first dental appointment.
Once you see teeth have erupted, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of gently wiping them after feedings. You can use a gauze pad or a damp washcloth. As more teeth come in, you can switch to a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a tiny bit of toothpaste with fluoride. Parents need to help children brush their teeth until they have enough dexterity to do it themselves, which may occur around the age of six.
Preventive Care for Children
From your very first visit to our office, we work hard to ensure that going to the dentist is a positive experience for kids. We want your child to look forward to coming back for the next checkup!
When you bring your children in for examinations, we might also recommend the following:
- Fluoride treatments. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel, and most municipalities have fluoride in the drinking water. It is also found in many kinds of toothpaste. Some kids, however, might also benefit from fluoride treatments at the dentist.
- Dental sealants. The deeply grooved back molars are particularly susceptible to tooth decay, and dental sealants coat these grooves to help keep bacteria out so they cannot cause tooth decay. Dental sealants are easy to apply and last for several years.
Advanced Technology for Patient Comfort
Staying up to date with the latest in dental technology means we can make our patients more comfortable—and that includes our youngest patients.
Technology such as digital radiographs and laser dentistry means we can diagnose and treat problems faster than ever. We also offer nitrous oxide, which can help make anxious or squirmy children much more relaxed in the dental chair if we need to do lengthier procedures.
Make an Appointment for Your Child
Now is a great time to start your children on a lifelong path of good oral health. Call Columbia Dental Care for treatment from a pediatric dentist who specializes in working with children. We look forward to showing your children that going to the dentist is fun. Give us a call today!
Preventive care for children
- Dental sealant
Dental restorations and treatment options for children are different from adult. At our office, each child receives individualized treatment plan that is appropriate for his/her age and behavior. Our services include dental restoration, pulpal therapy, dental crowns for children, tooth extraction and space maintainers. At each appointment, we ensure the comfort of the child by offering various behavior management techniques that the parents can discuss with our doctor.
Dental care for special needs
For dental appointment for children with special needs, our team will work with the parents for customize care for dental visit to best suit the patient’s condition. We offer many treatment options and various behavioral shaping approaches during the dental visit to maximize the patient’s comfort. For patient with extensive dental decay and require comprehensive dental restorations, we offer the option of comprehensive dental care under general anesthesia/IV sedation.
We offer the use of laughing gas or nitrous oxide in conjunction with restorative dentistry. When administered, nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, without putting them to sleep. The child remains fully conscious with all protective reflexes intact.
Prior to the appointment, let us know if there are any changes in your child’s medical history, including new medication, allergies and any difficulty breathing in past few days. Fasting is not required for nitrous oxide administration. We recommend the patient consume a light meal approximately 2 hours prior to appointment.