Your little one should be able to enjoy their beautiful, irreplaceable smile for the rest of their life, and the first step towards that goal is making sure they get the best dental care available right from the start. Dr. Volker is happy to work with children of all ages and can teach them the best oral health habits while making sure their earliest experiences at a dental practice are positive. Get in touch with DentCare Dental Center today to ask about bringing your child in for their critical first appointment!
An infant’s first dental checkup should be scheduled no later than their first birthday or at least six months after they receive their first baby teeth. Your child’s needs will change somewhat as their mouths develop, but the goal of their regular appointments will remain the same: finding signs of tooth decay and other oral health issues so they can be treated quickly. We’ll also clean your child’s teeth while showing them how to brush and floss on their own.
Your child’s first molars will erupt around their sixth birthday, and they’ll receive their second molars around the age of twelve. These teeth are very important for chewing, but they also tend to be vulnerable to cavities. Because the molars are positioned in the back of the mouth, children often have a hard time brushing them. Ask Dr. Volker about dental sealants that can protect these key teeth from bacteria and food particles while your little one is still growing and developing their oral hygiene skills.
Going to school with a mouthful of metal might make your child self-conscious and a target of teasing. That’s not even getting into the fact that natural tooth structure needs to be permanently altered for metal fillings to be placed. We therefore generally recommend using a composite resin filling to repair small cracks and cavities. One can be molded and colored so that it looks just like the rest of your child’s tooth so they can keep their precious, carefree smile.