Pediatric Dentistry – Dental Care Starts with A Child’s First Visit
At Twohig Dentistry we strive to treat all members of your family in a convenient and comfortable manner.
A child’s first dental visit should occur when the first tooth appears and no later than his or her first birthday.
At Twohig Dentistry we want to make the first visit a fun, easy and stress free experience for you and your child. The first visit introduces your child to our office and allows us to develop a relationship with him or her. It allows us time educate the patient and parents about the health of the child’s teeth as well as how to prevent cavities. We will be happy to answer any questions about your child’s needs. At this visit, we will check for decay and normal eruption of teeth, we will teach you about proper home care, evaluate any adverse habits such as thumb sucking and evaluate your child’s fluoride needs. By establishing early preventive care, we hope to ensure a lifetime of dental health for your child.
By visiting the dentist at an early age and then through regular visits, any potential problems can be detected sooner, which typically allows for easier, less invasive treatment with a more successful and ideal outcome.
Role of the primary teeth
One may question the role of the child’s primary teeth. This set of teeth is critical for proper nutrition, speech development, and a confident smile. The teeth serve to hold the space for the permanent teeth which allows them to erupt properly. By taking your child to the dentist regularly, you give us the opportunity to teach good dental habits from an early age, as well as show your child that the dental office is a fun and positive environment. When children view the dental office as a fun and caring place, it leads to a lifetime of dental health
Tooth Eruption Chart
Pediatric Home Care
A child should see a dentist by their first birthday. Begin by cleaning the child’s gums with a soft cloth or soft child’s toothbrush prior to eruption of the first tooth. As soon as the first tooth erupts begin by cleaning the child’s tooth with an age appropriate toothbrush. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use a “smear” of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age. For the 2-5 year old, dispense a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. Parents should assist in the brushing and flossing of their childrens teeth. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.