What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry focuses on helping your child develop healthy oral hygiene habits from infancy through teenage years. Dr. Torres make your child’s dental visits fun, educational, and anxiety-free experiences, so they develop good habits without fear of dentists and dental procedures. Although your pediatric dentist may perform very few procedures during the first few dental visits, they assess your child’s overall oral health and talk to you about preventive dental care.
Dental Salon is a kid-friendly office that welcomes your children of all ages into an environment with a dedicated play area. The dentists are patient and gentle, and your child doesn’t sit in the dental chair until they are fully comfortable about receiving treatment.
When should my child first visit the dentist?
According to the American Dental Association, you should bring your child in for their first dental checkup as soon as the first baby teeth emerge, and no later than their first birthday.
Typically, at the first dental visit, your child’s dentist explains the importance of good oral hygiene, and if they’re old enough to understand, they receive a fun, educational lesson in brushing their teeth. The team at Dental Salon may also talk to you about preventive care, including:
Oral habits like thumbsucking or pacifier use
Teething and other developmental milestones
Good nutrition that supports good oral health
This is a great time for you to ask questions and learn about keeping your baby’s new teeth healthy right from the start.
How do I know if my child is at risk for tooth decay?
Tooth decay is a common problem for many children. It’s the result of foods that are high in sugars and starches being left behind on your child’s teeth when they don’t brush well or don’t brush their teeth enough. Over time, bacteria forms on the teeth and eats away at tooth enamel, causing decay and cavities.
Your child may be at risk for tooth decay if:
They eat a diet high in sugary, starchy foods
There’s not enough fluoride in the water they drink
They have poor oral hygiene habits
They don’t visit the dentist for regular checkups
At your first dental visits, Dr. Torres determines any risk factors that could put your child’s oral health in jeopardy, and recommends steps you can take to reduce the risk of decay.