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The best way to have a healthy mouth as an adult, is to start off with a healthy mouth as a child. We know how much you love and care for your children, and we hope to deliver a level of care that will help them have a great experience at their dental visits while promoting exceptional dental health. Unfortunately, many issues that children have with dental decay and dental infection can be avoided through careful attention and evidence-based prevention strategies. We love seeing children in our office and strive to make it a fun experience for the child and the parent.
As a parent, you’ll want to give your child the best possible start in life. When it comes to dental care, it’s important to get your child started off on the right path as soon as possible. The dental clinic of Timothy A Hess DDS PLLC offers you access to a pediatric dentist Auburn residents trust. We will help you give your child a great start by helping them establish good oral health habits early including good flossing and brushing techniques and routines. We offer kids dentistry Auburn services designed with kids in mind. We offer an environment that helps kids feel comfortable. We’ll ensure your children will look forward to their visits to the dentist.
Much of pediatric dentistry is “preventative” in nature. It is our goal to do as little dental treatment as possible over the course of a child’s life. We offer several preventative treatments such as fluoride varnish, dental sealants, and Silver Diamine Fluoride treatments to ensure that your child has a healthy smile and mouth.
At What Age Should My Child Have His/Her First Dental Visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommend that a child’s first dental visit occurs at or before 12 months of age. This often seems like a very early time for children to be seen at the dentist because they often only have a handful of teeth! However, these early visits are paramount in educating the parents on proper home care and getting the child used to the dental setting. We find that the earlier we can expose children to the dental office, the more confidence they have as they return later in life for more thorough dental care. These early visits also offer an opportunity for the dentist to identify any signs of dental malformations early on. It is always easier for the dentist to coordinate care for a child when a problem is diagnosed early on.
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Helping Your Child through the Teething Stage
Our dentistry for kids Auburn services are available right from the appearance of your child’s first tooth. For many children, this occurs between the ages of 6 to 12 months. However, some 1 year olds still spot a toothless grin. The teething stage is different for every child. Some children experience a lot of discomfort as the teeth emerge while for others it is unnoticeable. We’ll guide you on different ways to help make the teething stage more comfortable for your child including massaging you child[‘s gums, offering a chilled teething ring or even prescribing pain relievers to relieve the discomfort.
When to be concerned about Space between Your Child’s Teeth
Gaps between the teeth are not dangerous. Children typically lose these gaps when their permanent teeth come through. If you are concerned about the space between your child’s teeth, schedule an appointment with us.
Causes of Tooth Decay
We are seeing increasing cases of childhood cavities. Cavities in children are not only a result of a high sugar diet but also poor oral hygiene habits. Regular visits to our clinic will ensure that our pediatric dentist can identify cavities in the early stages of formation. We will guide you and your child on developing good oral hygiene habits. We also educate families on consuming a diet that promotes good oral health.
When Your Child Should Start Using Toothpaste
We advise families to start their children on brushing their teeth with water as soon as the first teeth appear. Fluoride-infused toothpaste can then be introduced at around 18 months. You can then go for toothpaste with high fluoride strength at 2 years and beyond.
Contact us to schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist Auburn residents trust.