Children's Dentist Treating Families in Green Bay
How We Care For Your Most Precious Smile
You’re playing with your child one day, and all of a sudden, they start laughing. This is perfectly normal, but you notice something that isn’t: their teeth are starting to come in! Suddenly, your mind is filled with questions:
- “Does my young child need to go to the dentist?”
- “When should I schedule their first dental appointment?”
- “Does my local dentist treat children?”
- “What’s going to happen during their first appointment?”
These are questions all parents have when their child starts getting their teeth. At Dental Designs by Quandt, we love treating children because nothing brightens up the office like a child’s smile. When children’s dentistry is done right, going to a family dentist can be an adventure and a place to learn rather than a chore or source of anxiety. Your trusted children's dentist in Green Bay, WI, Dr. Scott Quandt, and our team have years of experience when it comes to treating children, and we’ll make sure they have everything they need to keep and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile as they grow and develop.
Hopefully, that answered at least one of the questions from above for you. For answers to the rest, simply keep on reading!
Does my young child need to go to the dentist?
The answer to this question is an emphatic “yes!” By bringing your child to the dentist at an early age, you’ll be accomplishing two very important things.
Firstly, you’ll give Dr. Quandt a chance to make sure that their teeth are coming in correctly. If he spots an issue or the signs that one might develop in the future, he’ll be able to quickly treat it (or let you know when would be the best time to do so). Dental treatment at a young age tends to be much simpler and easier than when a child is older, so these early appointments will help make sure your child’s smile is healthy from the start.
Also, just by bringing them to the dentist, you’ll be sending your child a strong message that taking care of their teeth is important. With Dr. Quandt’s help and your guidance at home, you can start to teach your child important things such as how to brush their teeth, why it matters, and how their diet can affect their dental health.
When should I schedule their first dental appointment?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children should see a dentist within 6 months of their first tooth erupting or by their first birthday. They have a simple way to remember this: “First visit by the first birthday.” Even if just part of a single tooth is showing, that’ll be plenty for Dr. Quandt to examine and make sure your child’s smile is doing alright.
What’s going to happen during their first appointment?
Your child’s first dental appointment will be mainly focused on helping them feel comfortable rather than performing an actual dental treatment. When they come into our office, they’ll be greeted with a smile, and then we’ll take them on a short tour so they can meet our team and start to get familiar with their new surroundings. We’ll always go at their pace, and you’ll be able to accompany them the entire time. When you meet Dr. Quandt, he’ll introduce himself to your child, and then he’ll sit and talk with you about their dental health and medical history.
After this, he’ll perform a gentle oral exam during which he’ll look at their teeth, count them, and clean them. From there, he’ll put together a plan with you to help take care of your child’s new smile. This could include which dental products they should use, how to get them to start brushing consistently, and which foods they should limit or avoid. During the entire appointment, you can ask all the questions you like. After this visit, your child should start to come in for checkups and cleanings every 6 months just like you do.
Do I need to visit a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist is a dentist who has taken special training to treat children. For most children, however, most of their basic dental needs can be easily met by a qualified family dentist like Dr. Quandt. The only time a pediatric dentist is absolutely necessary is if your child has a special kind of dental concern.
Have more questions?
If you’re like most parents, we’re sure that you have many more questions for us, which is perfectly normal. You can always feel free to call us and ask as many as you want. We’re more than happy to take the time to help you understand your child’s dental care. If you’re ready to schedule your little one’s first appointment, or if you’re looking for a new dentist for your child, please contact us today for an appointment.
Children’s Dentistry FAQs
As a children’s dentist in Green Bay, Dr. Scott Quandt, and our team are here to ensure your child receives the high-quality dental care they deserve. Finding the right professional who uses a calm and compassionate approach isn’t always easy and knowing what you and your child can expect at their next visit should be cause for concern. Fortunately, we go the extra mile to answer questions, address concerns, and create a warm and welcoming environment for all our patients, no matter the age. Below are common questions asked by our patients that we believe will help you and your little one feel more comfortable each time you visit. Should you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Are dental X-rays necessary for my child?
We understand that as a parent, you may be skeptical of the use of digital x-rays when it comes to your child. The uncertainty of their safety may have you wondering if they’re entirely necessary. The truth is that these new and improved methods are much safer than those used in the past. In fact, digital X-rays emit up to 90% less radiation than traditional film and allow us to see areas beneath the gums that can become problematic should an infection, inflammation, or misaligned tooth occur. Dr. Quandt will discuss the appropriate time for your child to receive their first dental X-rays, and you can rest assured we will take every precaution to keep your child safe.
Should I worry about my child’s pacifier use or thumb-sucking?
These common coping mechanisms are fine when your child is a baby or a toddler; however, should they continue after your child is older than 3 or 4 years old, it can have a negative impact on their smile. Not only can they develop an overbite, but it can lead to orthodontic problems that require the use of braces later on in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood.
What can I do to better protect my child’s teeth from cavities?
If you are looking to minimize the potential for cavities, good oral habits practiced at home are a great place to start. But if your child is prone to tooth decay or you simply want to be more proactive, you can talk to our team about fluoride treatments and dental sealants to better protect their teeth. These preventive services safeguard your child’s smile against tooth decay as well as strengthen tooth enamel. You should also be sure that your child is using fluoride toothpaste at home when brushing their teeth.
Which foods should I make sure to incorporate into my child’s diet?
You know that too much sugar and starch can lead to an increased risk for tooth decay, so if you are looking to replace these unhealthy food options with healthier alternatives, consider giving your little one cheese, yogurt, fruits and vegetables, and plenty of water to keep their teeth strong and free of cavities. Most water supplies contain fluoride, which helps combat decay, but if you live in an area that does not have fluoridated water, you might ask your child’s dentist about other fluoride supplements.
If my child develops a toothache, how should I plan to treat it at home?
Anytime your child complains of a toothache, it’s best to schedule an appointment with us. Dr. Quandt can quickly examine the area to make sure there is no underlying problem occurring. In the meantime, make sure to have your child rinse with warm saltwater (if they’re old enough) and offer a children’s over-the-counter pain reliever (i.e., acetaminophen). This will help to alleviate discomfort and reduce any swelling. If the pain persists, try applying a cold compress.