The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see the
dentist when the first teeth erupt, at around 7-11 months. All children should be
examined by a pediatric dentist by two years of age. To make sure your child has
a pleasurable experience, do not tell them too much about the appointment.
Telling a child that they are going to see the dentist and their teeth will be
counted is appropriate. The pediatric dentist and staff have special ways of
showing and explaining things to your child to make the appointment pleasant
Pediatric dentists are dedicated to maintaining the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. By approaching each child on an individual basis and assessing their psychological needs, pediatric dentist can provide the most positive dental experience for your child. Pediatric dentists also play a major role in determining the development growth patterns of your child and work closely with the orthodontist to determine if and when orthodontic treatment is necessary.
Typically, x-rays are taken between ages 3 and 4, when the spaces between the back teeth are no longer open. Sometimes children require x-rays at an earlier age if special conditions arise. Dental x-rays are taken every six months in younger children, although cavity free children may not need x-rays more frequently than every eighteen months. Panoramic x-rays, that show the entire mouth, are first taken at 6 years of age, after the first permanent molars erupt. Panoramic x-rays may also be taken if your child requires orthodontic care.
Specializing in preventative dental care for your children, our offices are committed to their happy, healthy smiles for years to come. By actively involving your child in treatment we can help teach them lifelong, healthy dental habit.
When visiting us, your child and their smile is
our top priority. Our pediatric specialists and staff are dedicated
to providing personalized, gentle care for you and your family.