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KID'S TEETH

Cavities is the most prevalent disease in children in the world. Prevention is extremely important. Practicing proper oral hygiene and maintaining healthy diets can help keep your child’s teeth cavity free! These tips can be applied to adult teeth tooKids'

 

WHAT IS A “DENTAL HOME?”

A “dental home” does not just consist of you and your dentist. It includes all aspects of oral health and can even involve other healthcare professionals. By having routine dental exams and beginning dental education at a young age, you engage all aspects of preventative care and promote your child's oral health. 

 

WHEN SHOULD I BRING MY CHILD FOR THEIR FIRST DENTAL VISIT?

Like visiting the doctor for routine checkups and vaccinations, it is important to visit the dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children to have their first dental visit as early as six months of age, six months after the first tooth erupts, and no later than 12 months.

There are many reasons why it is important for your child to visit the dentist. One of the most important reasons is to introduce them into a dental setting. For many children, their first encounter with the dentist is due to a toothache, resulting in a negative first impression. The younger a child is when they are introduced to the dental office, the easier it is for them to develop a positive association with it. A pleasant and comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. 

Moreover, we have the chance to detect and manage early signs of oral diseases that may be more difficult to correct at a later time. It also provides parents with the resources and education to give their child the best chance of growing up with a bright and healthy smile.

 

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING

What we eat plays a vital role in cavity prevention. We educate parents about what foods cause cavities and those that prevent them. We also offer consultation on ways to modify your child’s diet in order to minimize their risk for cavities. Developing healthy habits allows you to protect your child’s baby teeth and keep their adult teeth in top shape!

 

ANTICIPATORY GUIDANCE

As your child goes through the different stages of growth and development, there are many different things you can expect. We inform parents about how a child’s mouth, face and teeth change with age.

 

CAVITY RISK ASSESSMENT

Cavity risk assessment determines how likely it is for your child to get cavities. Oral hygiene, diet, family history, cultural/ethnic backgrounds, and living environments are all contributing factors. At Avant Dentistry, each patient is evaluated and scored from low, moderate, to high. This determines how we plan your child’s treatment needs.