At Water's Edge Dental, we pride ourselves on treating every member of the family, especially children. Early and regular visits to our dental office are crucial to your child's oral health. Our team will help ensure your child's primary teeth stay healthy and free of decay!
Your Child's First Visit
Excellent oral hygiene starts as early as infancy, and most dental healthcare professionals suggest a child see a dentist by their first birthday. The first visit is typically a short one that involves little or no treatment. It is an opportunity for your child to become acquainted with our office in a comfortable and friendly manner.
Dr. Geoffrey Herzog or Dr. Kristin Fenwick will perform a minor examination to check your child's bite, existing teeth, jaw, and gum tissues for any potential problems. If necessary, we may also recommend a professional cleaning and fluoride treatment.
A large part of the first appointment is patient education. We will help you learn more about the oral health care basics and answer any questions you may have. We may also discuss any development issues if we notice early signs or symptoms.
After the first visit, it is important to schedule regular dental checkups. We typically recommend a visit every six months so we can monitor the devolvement of their teeth, and catch or prevent problems before they become major complications.
Treatments We Provide for Children
We offer some treatments specifically gear towards children, some of which include:
||Preventive treatment. Comprehensive exams, professional cleanings, and fluoride treatments can help establish a strong foundation of oral health. This foundation can lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
||Restorative treatment. If your child is especially prone to tooth decay or gum disease, we can help manage these conditions with restorative treatment. This may include repairs of cavities, defects, and dental injuries.
||Early Orthodontics. Early treatment of orthodontic issues like crowded teeth or malocclusions can save you time and money later down the line.
||Counseling. We can provide you with nutritional and dietary recommendations that reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Counseling also includes tactics for reducing harmful habits like thumb sucking and pacifier use.
Good Oral Hygiene for Children
While your child is nursing or bottle feeding, you should begin some type of oral health care routine as soon as possible. Before the teeth erupt, you can wipe down the gums with a wet washcloth or soft gauze. After the teeth erupt, be sure to keep them clean. We recommend buying a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically designed for small children. This will help remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar build-up that may be forming on or around the teeth.
The primary (baby) teeth are just as important as the permanent ones. They serve as placeholders for your child's future teeth. If a primary tooth is lost prematurely, due to injury or decay, it can lead to larger complications with their permanent teeth. As your child grows, be sure to educate them on the proper brushing and flossing techniques. Good oral hygiene can save your child from painful, costly, and time-consuming restorative procedures.
Schedule Your Child's Appointment
Don't neglect your child's oral health! Call (208) 391-8554 to schedule their appointment now!