At the office of Michael Smith, DMD, we welcome children of all ages, starting as young as six months old. Many parents are curious to know what kind of oral health care we can provide at this young age.
Our goal is to help kids get comfortable with the idea of dental visits early on so that their first impressions of dentistry are positive. Adding age-appropriate care as they grow, we set children on a path that leads to a lifetime of problem-free smiles and a healthy attitude about dental care.
The Importance of Baby Teeth
Many parents think baby teeth are unimportant because they eventually fall out. But they have a couple of critical jobs to do, so we must protect baby teeth until they are ready to come out on their own.
Baby teeth help your little one learn how to form words and chew their first solid foods. They also hold a space open in your child’s jaw so that when permanent teeth are ready to emerge, they can come in at the correct, straight angle.
If a baby tooth is lost too soon, as in the case of a large cavity, nearby teeth gradually tilt into the open space. This movement can cause crowding and tooth misalignment when the permanent tooth is ready to emerge.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
We recommend that you bring your child for their first dental visit by age one, or as soon as the first baby tooth appears. Kids don’t typically need dental work at this age, and our goal is to help them get used to us and the new surroundings at their pace.
Most of our dentists and staff are parents or grandparents and understand that your son or daughter has their own unique personality. Drs. Smith, Feder, and Salar know how crucial it is to let your child set the pace for the first visit.
You can be confident that we won’t approach or treat your child if they aren’t ready because we don’t want them to have any negative feelings whatsoever about dental visits.
In this case, we would refer you to a trusted pediatric dentist in our area who has had specialized training in working with children’s unique needs.
The Benefits of Dental Prevention for Children
There is a lot that goes into ensuring that your child’s teeth are protected, and it all falls under the category of preventive dentistry. Cavities or dental caries in children are all too common, and the CDC reports that about 20 percent of children between ages 5-11 have at least one untreated cavity.
Fortunately, cavities are highly preventable, but it’s a team effort that includes you and your child's dentist. Dr. Smith, Dr. Feder, and Dr. Salar offer the treatment, education, and support parents need to keep their child’s teeth healthy and cavity-free.
We stress prevention because it’s healthier for your child if we find a cavity during a dental exam and take steps to treat it right away. Without routine checkups, decay can spread and put your child at risk for serious infection or pain that impacts their general well-being and overall health.
Our goal is to provide high-quality preventive dental care to help ensure that your child experiences a childhood free of dental disease and illness.
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We are pleased to offer children's dentistry at our Belleville dental office and look forward to welcoming your child.