One of the reasons that children can be so worried about dentist visits is simply that they don’t know what to expect. At Steelecroft Dental in Charlotte, North Carolina, our friendly and gentle dentist welcomes children to the practice, explaining every step of the way and making the dental care process an easy one for them. Make your child’s pediatric dentistry appointment online or by phone now.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children make their first visit to the dentist when their first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday. After that initial visit, Dr. Bishop will recommend an exam schedule for your child based on their specific needs. Most children need to see Dr. Bishop for checkups twice a year to maintain optimal oral health.
Dr. Bishop approaches pediatric dentistry in a special way. He understands that young children aren’t always able to understand the details of dentistry care and why it’s so important for them. He’s experienced in relating to kids on their own level and in helping them avoid stress and fear.
Often, kids need a unique approach when it comes to sedation and dentistry procedures, and Dr. Bishop always chooses the option that’s most comfortable for your child. He strives to make the dentist’s office a comfortable environment for kids.
Dr. Bishop can make specific recommendations to help you make good dental care a part of your child’s regular routine. When your child is an infant, even before they have any teeth, use a soft-bristle infant toothbrush to clean their gums every day. Until your child has teeth, plain water is enough to clean their gums.
Once your child has baby teeth, you can start adding a small smear of children’s toothpaste to their toothbrush. When your child is ages 3-6, you can start using a pea-size amount of toothpaste for toothbrushing.
By the time your child is 6 years old, they’ll likely be able to brush on their own, but you’ll need to monitor their habits to ensure they’re brushing long enough and thoroughly enough. The American Dental Association recommends brushing two times a day (morning and night), two minutes per brushing session, for all ages. Also, watch to make sure your child isn’t swallowing toothpaste and that they’re rinsing properly post-brushing.
You can teach your child good flossing habits when they’re still young, but many kids need a little help with flossing, even after they’re able to brush well on their own.
Book your child’s pediatric dentistry visit to Steelecroft Dental online or by phone now.