Dentistry for Kids
Professional dentistry is an important part of maintaining excellent oral health, especially for children. At Sierra Kids Dentistry, we pride ourselves on being a family-friendly office! We know that dentistry can be a scary thought for some kids, which is why our office is designed to make your child's visit fun, friendly, and comfortable. If your child is in need of preventive, restorative, or even cosmetic dentistry, you have come to the right place!
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should schedule your child's first appointment between the arrival of the first tooth and their first birthday. If possible, try to schedule the appointment during the morning, when children tend to be rested and cooperative. The first appointment is usually short and involves little to no treatment.
Most of the time, our doctors perform a simple exam to ensure there are no problems with your child's existing teeth. If we notice any symptoms of decay, we may recommend a quick cleaning with our dental hygienist. We will also educate you on the oral health care basics for infants and children. After their first appointment, you should schedule a checkup every six months, so we can monitor the development of the teeth, and prevent potential complications.
Your child’s baby teeth are crucial for their development. Like adults, they use their baby teeth to eat and learn to speak. Baby teeth are also essential for the development of their adult teeth. There is a lot of care that goes into baby teeth, both at home and at our pediatric dental office.
Between ages one and two, your child will have many teeth erupt. In fact, the American Dental Association explains that, of the twenty primary teeth your baby has, fourteen of them typically erupt between ages one and two. Because there is so much dental development at this age, it is critical that your child receive professional routine dental care.
The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene for Kids
Your child's primary (baby) teeth can affect the future of their smile. Our job is to help them establish a strong oral health foundation that follows them into adulthood. Their primary teeth serve as placeholders for their permanent ones. If a primary tooth is lost prematurely, the remaining teeth may shift out of their proper position. This can lead to eruption problems with permanent teeth. Permanent teeth usually erupt between the ages of six and 12.
It is important to make sure your child has a proper oral hygiene routine, as children are particularly susceptible to tooth decay. Be sure they are brushing their teeth at least twice a day, especially after meals and before bed. They should also floss their teeth once a day to remove excess food debris and plaque.
Diet and nutrition can also affect your child's oral health. The harmful bacteria in plaque love to feed on sugars and other simple carbohydrates. Be sure to limit your child's exposure to sugary snacks and drinks. If they do need a snack, fruits and vegetables are a healthy alternative to chips, cookies, and candies.
We enjoy serving the children in our community with top-notch dental care. This includes children with special health care needs (SHCN). Our office is designed to ensure that children from all walks of life receive the care they need to maintain pristine oral health. If you are the parent of a SHCN patient, you have come to the right place.
Orthodontics is a specialization in the field of pediatric dentistry which focuses on maintaining proper alignment of your child’s teeth. Many children receive orthodontic treatment as they grow to ensure that their teeth are positioned correctly. There are many different types of orthodontic treatment available.
Schedule Your Child's Appointment
If you would like to schedule your child's appointment call (775) 473-1247 today!