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Children's Dentistry

Your Child's First Dental Appointment

 

Many dentists recommend visiting a dentist by the age of 3. However, there are advantages to having your child visit a dentist at the age of one.  Some of the advantages include providing parents with early education on oral hygiene for children and avoiding syndromes like baby bottle.

 

A child's first dental appointment is an important one for both the parent and the child.  Providing a great experience for the first time can provide a lifetime of benefit when it comes to dental hygiene. 

 

Dr. Konotopetz will work with you to develop a dental plan for your child.  Yearly dental plans typically include having at least two cleanings, application of fluoride and x-rays.  Fluoride treatments are important for the prevention of cavities and even though we have fluoride in our water, additional fluoride treatment for children is important.

 

If your child is younger than two years old, however, fluoride treatment or x-rays is not recommended as the space between teeth allows for examination by a dentist.  Some parents are also concerned about having their children X-rayed.  However, X-rays done by a dentist have less radiation that being close to a microwave or being in the sun for less than 20 minutes.   X rays are important for the dental health of children as they help the dentist identify conditions beyond just cavities including identifying possible bone anomalies, the need for orthodontic treatment or the order of erupting teeth.  

 

Routine Checkups

 

The importance of having routine checkups for children every six months is to identify early signs of tooth decay as well as other oral health issues.  Identifying dental health issues early can result in a greater number of treatment options besides drilling.  Small cavities may be reversed by daily use of special tooth paste that can be prescribed by the dentist.  As well as, evaluating the brushing habits of children for long-term oral health.

 

In addition, diet, eating habits and oral hygiene practices can be discussed to help prevent tooth decay.

 

Every checkup includes cavity screening, gum evaluation, bite analysis and x-ray evaluation.

 

Primary Teeth

 

Baby teeth are as important as permanent teeth.  They play an important role in allowing proper chewing for children, thereby ensuring proper digestion.  Baby teeth assist the child in cranial development and jaw bone development.   In addition, baby teeth help in the development of good speech development.

 

Wisdom Teeth

 

Wisdom teeth begin to develop in children in early adolescence.  Wisdom teeth can begin to erupt into the mouth between the ages of 17 and 20.    Sometimes wisdom teeth that erupt improperly requiring them to be pulled or extracted.  

 

Permanent Teeth Erupting behind a Baby Tooth

 

This is called TBT - tooth behind a tooth.  This is very common.  The primary tooth or baby tooth will need to be removed allowing the permanent tooth to advance and take its place.  Detecting it early is important to avoiding other orthodontia treatment.

 

Orthodontic Treatment

 

It is important for children by the age of 7 to have an orthodontic evaluation.  Identification of issues early offers better treatment options for correcting anomalies on time that otherwise can hinder the normal development of a child’s bite.

 

Orthodontia evaluation assesses a patience's habits and conditions including tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, mouth breathing, abnormal bit and or irregular spaces among teeth.