Pediatric Dentistry in Houston and Surrounding Areas
It’s never too early to start your child toward a lifetime of good oral hygiene and health. With regular checkups, dental care, and protective sealants, pediatric dentistry from Royal Dental can give even the youngest children a beautiful and healthy smile. Pediatric dentistry is an area of dentistry that focuses on the oral healthcare of children. This involves regular checkups, fluoride treatments, and cleanings. Our office recommends that regular dental visits begin just after your child’s third birthday.
What to Expect at Your Child’s First Appointment
At your child’s first routine examination we will:
- Examine your child’s teeth and gums
- X-rays may be taken to assist in revealing tooth decay and to monitor the progress of the teeth that are still forming
- Clean their teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect their teeth against decay
- We will review with you what you can do at home to care for your child’s teeth
Preparing for Their First Visit
We suggest that you prepare children for the dentist the same way that you would for their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. If you are nervous about the visit, then the less you say, the better. Avoid phrases such as “don’t worry, it won’t hurt” before the appointment, and “that wasn’t so bad” afterward.
An adequate amount of fluoride is essential for infants and toddlers. Those who do not receive an adequate amount of fluoride are at risk for tooth decay. Fluoride helps make tooth enamel more resistant and will help protect your child’s teeth. If you are not from an area with fluoridated water, we will discuss options for prescription supplements.
How Can I Care for My Baby at Home?
Although rare, decayed baby teeth may require removal prior to permanent teeth coming in. To avoid such treatment, it is essential to clean your child’s teeth and gums regularly. Clean your baby’s gums by wiping them with a clean, moist cloth. When teeth start to come in, decay can occur. Avoid this by lightly brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they appear. For children younger than three years old, clean teeth with fluoride toothpaste in an amount no larger than a grain of rice. Do this twice a day or as directed by a dentist or physician. For children 3-6 years old, you can increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea-sized amount. Continue to monitor your child’s teeth brushing, twice a day. As soon as your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.