CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY | LAS VEGAS
LONE MOUNTAIN DENTAL
YOUR CHILD’S FIRST VISIT TO THE DENTIST
The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday. The first dental visit is usually short and is our way of getting to know your child. Typically scheduled with one of our hygienists first, our goal is to make it a fun experience and get your child used to dental examinations and preventive care. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. We welcome questions.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
Current research shows that there are some common childhood health issues that can be impacted by the oral cavity. We always screen children for airway issues that have shown to have connection to poor sleep, stunted growth, allergies, and even ADHD. Our goal is to do our part to help your child grow up as healthy as possible.
WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY CHILD ABOUT THE FIRST DENTAL VISIT?
We are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. Your child’s reaction to his first visit to the dentist may surprise you.
DURING YOUR FIRST VISIT THE DENTIST WILL:
- Examine your mouth, teeth and gums.
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking.
- Teach you about cleaning your teeth and gums.
- Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.
Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly, of course, can help. The longer it takes your child to chew their food and the longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities.
Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities.
Consistency of a person’s saliva also makes a difference; thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a person eats diets high in carbohydrates and sugars they tend to have thicker saliva, which in turn allows more of the acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities.
The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your baby is about 6-8 months old. Next to follow will be the 4 upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby’s teeth will appear periodically. They will usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.
At around 2 1/2 years old your child should have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don’t. Don’t worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different.
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene
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