Our goal at Island Family Dental is to create a positive perception of dentistry that will ultimately serve as a foundation for good oral healthcare for your child. Our dental staff will create an atmosphere that is upbeat and fun, while delivering the best dental care possible. We have a fun kid’s area where your children can enjoy creative toys, current videos and entertaining books. Each room has a television screen for viewing enjoyment while being treated. All of these help foster an interactive, relaxed environment geared for little people. We desire to build not only your child’s trust but also their confidence.
A Child’s First Visit
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child see a dentist by their first birthday, or within 6 months of the first tooth breaking through the gums. At Island Family Dental, we will treat your infant or toddler‘s first dental visit like a well child visit at your pediatrician. You will stay with your child the entire time as a team member reviews the medical and dental history of your child. Dr. Newkirk will then complete a thorough dental examination with the infant in your lap in order to assess oral hygiene. She will then clean the teeth as indicated, and provide suggestions about daily home care. Any questions you may have will be answered. A plan will then be made for needed dental treatment or the next checkup.
The first tooth usually erupts between ages 6 to 12 months. The child’s gums can be sore and tender. Rubbing sore gums gently with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon or a cold, wet cloth helps soothe the gums. Teething rings work; avoid teething biscuits, as they contain sugar. Avoid numbing medications like Ora-Jel because this can numb your child’s tongue or lips and cause injury if he/she rubs their tongue over the new, sharp teeth coming in.
Why Primary Teeth Are Important
Primary or baby teeth are important for several reasons. First of all, good teeth allow a child to eat and maintain proper nutrition. Healthy teeth allow for clear pronunciation and speech habits. The self-image that results is immeasurable. Primary teeth also guide the eruption of permanent teeth, minimizing future crowding/spacing issues.
Tips To Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy
Choose a nutritious diet to prevent tooth decay. Children should eat a variety from the five major food groups:1. fruits
3. Breads, cereals, and other grains
4. Milk, cheese, and yogurt
5. Meat, poultry, fish and other alternatives like dry beans and peas, nuts, and eggs.
Choose milk or water, instead of sugary drinks or juice. Most sodas and juice are loaded with sugar. Sipping on these drinks allows constant washing over the teeth which can contribute to tooth decay. Choosing milk or water will help to ensure a healthy mouth and body for your child.
Limit the number of snacks a day and restrict high sugar foods to set mealtimes. We all love sweets. Eating them as part of a regular meal instead of by itself reduces the times that the cavity causing bacteria snacks as well.