Our team at Elevate Dental Wellness provides dental care for patients of all ages because it’s never too early or too late to achieve a healthy smile. Dr. Van Gorden and Dr. Steinbach recommend starting dental visits early so that your child can become accustomed to visiting the dentist regularly. We strive to help establish healthy habits while ensuring your child’s comfort so they can confidently and enthusiastically work towards a beautiful smile and a lifetime of healthy habits.
Preparing for Your Child’s Dental Exam
Before visiting Elevate Dental Wellness, here are some tips to help make your child’s dental visit a successful one:
- Plan your visit during a time of day when your child is the most comfortable and rested.
- Bring your child’s favorite toy or comfort item.
- Speak positively about the upcoming visit and the dentist.
- Provide a healthy reward or use positive reinforcement.
- For younger children, introduce books or programs that show characters visiting the dentist.
- Taking your children with you to your own dental appointments can get them accustomed to being in a dental office which can alleviate any anxieties.
What To Expect With Pediatric Dental Care
In a pediatric dental exam, we focus on the functions of your child’s overall oral hygiene and health. Making sure baby teeth are properly taken care of is essential to facilitating good chewing habits as well as holding space for permanent teeth and proper speech production.
During your child’s exam, Dr. Van Gorden or Dr. Steinbach will perform the following:
- Take x-rays of your child’s teeth. We’ll also check their gums and jaws. This is important so we can see if there are any underlying and preventable issues like cavities or signs of decay.
- Brush and floss your child’s teeth to remove any plaque that may be built up.
- For younger children, we’ll also count their teeth. We want to make sure that their teeth are coming in properly.
We’ll also provide you and your child additional tips on improving their at-home oral care routine. Scheduling an appointment with Dr. Van Gorden or Dr. Steinbach can significantly help the longevity of your child’s oral health.
Healthy Smiles at Home
While we at Elevate Dental Wellness are here to support your child’s dental care, having a strong at-home routine and a proper diet can make all the difference. A few things you can do to establish a good routine is:
- Brush at least twice a day
- After meals, brush your teeth if possible and drink water
- Floss at least once a day, preferably in the evening time
- Visit the dentist once every six months
- Limit consumption of sugary drinks and foods
For younger, more impressionable children, setting a good example by practicing daily oral habits and establishing a healthy diet can help set them up for oral health success.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I prevent my child from getting cavities?
While cavities can affect patients of all ages, baby teeth have a much thinner layer of enamel, making them more prone to cavities. A good oral routine includes brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing between meals. Establishing a consistent routine can protect children from many oral problems in the future.
In addition, regulating your child’s food intake can also serve as a preventative measure to cavities. Avoiding acidic and sugary foods, controlling snacking, and eating tooth-healthy foods can help keep cavities at bay.
When should my child have their first dental visit?
It’s recommended that children have their first dental checkup within the first three years of age to ensure proper tooth development and prevention of potential dental problems. If you’re unsure, please call our office to find out the best time to bring your child in for a visit.
Visit Elevate Dental Wellness for Children’s Dentistry
We’re here to support your child’s ultimate dental health and wellness. Dr. Van Gorden and Dr. Steinbach are here to work with you and your child to help establish lifelong healthy habits. To schedule an appointment, call our Basalt office at (970) 279-5647 or request an appointment by filling out our online contact form below.