There seems to be a great deal of confusion amongst parents, pediatricians and other health care professionals about the correct timing for the “First Dental Visit.” Some people say to go when a child has all of his or her first primary teeth – about age 3. Others recommend 5 or 6 years of age. The parent of a fearful or uncooperative child may be told to wait until their child is “old enough to sit still.” Under certain conditions, delay of dental care can lead to catastrophic disease progression that is not in the best interest of the child. The American Association of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) encourages parents and other care providers to help every child establish a dental home by 12 months of age. Regular dental visits help your child stay cavity-free.
Dr. Penny encourages and teaches proper teeth cleaning which removes debris that builds up in teeth, can irritate the gums and cause decay. Our special “fluoride treatment plans,” can renew the fluoride content in the enamel, strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. During your visit, digital X-rays are taken in order for us to do a complete and comprehensive examination of your child using the most up to date equipment and techniques.
There is growing evidence that children’s dental health is an area in which many families need to focus more attention. Dentists say they are treating more and more young patients who have cavities in their primary teeth. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study reports that almost a third of all kids between 2 and 5 have cavities in their baby teeth. Experts attribute this trend to several factors, including an upsurge in sugared snacks, juice and soda consumption, the rising use of bottled, non-fluoridated water, and the fact that children simply don’t spend enough time brushing teeth.
Many people are under the assumption that oral hygiene is not something that really needs to be worried about in young kids. After all, baby teeth will eventually fall out and new teeth will grow in their place. But this is far from the case. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that cavities in baby teeth can cause a number of problems, including tooth loss, ear and speech problems, crooked permanent teeth, severe pain, poor self-image, and tooth decay.
Main Street Pediatric Dentistry focuses carefully on all of these issues. We provide a high comfort level for all our patients (and parents), and enjoy caring for them. We are wheelchair accessible and our staff is trained to provide uncompromising care for every child.