Children’s Dentistry In Basalt, CO
Elevated Dental Care For Patients of All Ages
It’s never too early or too late to achieve a healthy smile, which is why the team at Elevate Dental Wellness provides dental care for patients of all ages. Children have particular and sometimes complex dental needs compared to adults, and when treating children, ensuring their comfort is essential to setting them up for future success with their dental care. Starting quality dental care early on can make a difference in your child’s ability to eat properly and speak clearly as well as prevent avoidable discomfort and decrease the need for braces later on.
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.
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 with additional tips on improving their at-home oral care routine. Patient education is incredibly important in establishing life-long healthy habits that can help your child well into adulthood.
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 include:
- Brushing at least twice a day. After meals brush your teeth if possible, and drink water. Keeping bacteria at bay is an ongoing battle but keeping our mouths free from food particles is a great step towards keeping your teeth healthy and protected.
- Floss at least once a day, preferably in the evening time. Sometimes food will hide between the spaces of our teeth. If it sits there too long, it can lead to unhealthy bacteria that can hurt our health. Making sure you don’t go to bed with hidden food can help keep your teeth protected while you sleep.
- Visit the dentist once every six months. Some parts of the mouth are hard to clean by ourselves, so dentists like Dr. Van Gorden or Dr. Steinbach can help you stay healthy by getting the hard-to-reach spots. They can also use their special training to see if there are any potential problems.
- Limit consumption of sugary drinks and foods. Some foods taste really good but they can cause problems if we eat too much of them. Making sure you eat foods that bring you energy, make you strong, and keep you healthy can help keep your teeth healthy too.
For younger, more impressionable children, setting a good example by practicing daily oral habits and establishing a healthy diet as a family can help set them up for oral health success.
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.
Dental anxiety can affect patients of any age by making it extremely difficult to visit a dentist. Taking your children with you to your own dental appointments can get them accustomed to being in a dental office, which can alleviate and prevent dental anxieties.
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 for cavities. Avoiding acidic and sugary foods, controlling snacking, and eating tooth-healthy foods can all 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.