Dentistry for Kids
Going to the dentist can be a scary experience for kids. Your child may put up a fight every time they need to visit the dentist. Fortunately, at Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kevin Kay will help make your child’s dental visit more fun and less of a chore.
Why is Dentistry for Kids Important?
In the past, many parents did not consider the health of their child’s primary teeth to be important. If a tooth got damaged or decayed, it was considered suitable to wait for the adult tooth to grow in its place.
However, the health of the primary teeth has a great impact on the health of the permanent teeth. Underneath your child’s baby teeth, the permanent teeth are taking root and position. If your child develops dental caries in their baby teeth, the risk that their permanent tooth will also have cavities multiplies.
Therefore, parents should make it a priority to take excellent care of their child’s baby teeth. Otherwise, your child may develop long-term oral issues like:
When Should Your Child Start Visiting the Dentist?
It is important to take care of your child’s oral hygiene from infancy. Whether your child is on the bottle or nursing, you should start them on a daily dental regimen. Even before your baby’s first teeth erupt, you should wipe down their gums with soft wet gauze. Once the teeth start to appear, brush them with a soft-bristled brush designed specifically for babies, which has a much smaller head for easy access to your child’s tiny mouth.
It is recommended that your child have their first dental visit after they turn one. We will ensure your child’s teeth remain healthy by removing plaque and food debris from his or her teeth.
Dentistry for Kids
Dentistry for kids, also known as pediatric dentistry, is specialized dental care for children. At Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kevin Kay is trained to spot developing dental problems in children. He is also equipped to handle scared and anxious children, including infants, and people with physical and mental handicaps.
Although we take several different behavioral approaches to treat your child, we will always take into account their specific dental needs, their intellectual maturity, their emotional state, and the preference of their parents.
At Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, your kids will feel more safe and secure as we ensure that they participate in the discussion regarding their oral health. When kids are not left out of the conversation or made to feel inferior, it can do wonders to lessen their anxiety and boost their confidence.
Dental Care Tips for Children
We will educate your child on how to properly brush and floss their teeth. Another topic that we will address is your child’s dietary habits and how you, as parents, can help them make wise eating decisions to protect their teeth and gums. Additionally, children should never go to sleep while they are nursing or drinking juice or milk from a bottle.
Your child’s dental care is very important for their developing teeth. If you help your child get rid of their fear of the dentist in their early years, they will be more likely to visit the dentist as adults. To schedule an appointment for your child, call us at (425) 738-8476 today.