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 the dentist can be an adventure and a place to learn rather than a chore or source of anxiety. 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.
Bonus Question: “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.