Family Dental Care
From the moment that you and your family enter our office, we want you to feel welcome. We want to partner with you to decide what treatment is best for your child. We value your opinion and your desires. Dr. Deem and his staff want your children to have good dental health. Unfortunately, we see numerous children with severe dental decay who are in pain. We want our patients to be cavity-free, and then they can avoid those fillings, crowns, root canals and extractions! Therefore, it is extremely important that children come to the dentist at an early age. Good oral hygiene is a very important part in the health of your child. Oral hygiene has a significant influence on the formation of cavities.
When teeth are not cleaned properly and regularly, the decay-causing acids remain in the mouth and on the teeth for a long period of time, leading to enamel that is likely to be weakened and more susceptible to decay. Therefore, proper brushing and flossing is key to help prevent decay. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child/children be seen within their first year. Even though your child will not have all of his/her primary (baby) teeth in at this time, it is important for the pediatric dentist to examine your child’s mouth to make sure that no problems exist or will be encountered. This visit is also aimed at educating parents and providing anticipatory guidance for the prevention of dental
disease. After the first visit, your child will need to be seen at age 2 and then 3. After your child’s visit at age 3, regular 6-month recall visits are encouraged. We have several good pediatric dentists that we can help refer you to. If you have any questions on the oral health of your child, please do not hesitate to call our office. Our office will see children starting at age 5. If your child has dental needs that we feel are best handled seeing a pedodontist, we will refer that child for treatment. We want your child to have the best dental experience possible to prevent lifelong fear and anxiety. We want your child to eagerly anticipate their next dental visit. If you have any questions about the oral health of your child, please do not hesitate to call our office.
Teaching your children at a young age to care for their teeth can help them avoid dental problems as they get older. Care of children’s teeth and gums should begin even before their teeth break through the gums.