We enjoy working with our young patients and realize that they have unique needs when going to the dentist. We never try to push children so that they wind up fearful of the dentist’s office. We wish for their visit to be as enjoyable and comfortable as possible, as well as for them to establish life-long relationships with our dentist’s office.
Dr. Okah encourages parents of young children to take them along to the parent’s scheduled dental appointment so the child can see what happens during the visit, and become acquainted with our team and office.
We also advise that the child’s initial visit be between 18 months and two years of age. At that age we will start to keep an eye on the growth and development of their teeth and mouth.
When new teeth arrive:
Your child’s first tooth erupts between ages 6-12 months and the remainder of their 20 primary or “baby” teeth typically erupt by age 3. During this time, gums may feel tender and sore, causing your child to feel irritable. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring.
Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood, and their permanent teeth begin erupting at age 6 and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or 32 including wisdom teeth.
“Happy Smiles” Pre-school visit:
Our complimentary, pre-school, gentle-dental visit will make your child excited to see the dentist again. Your child will enjoy a fun-filled hour with the dentist and our staff We like to welcoming your child to the basic sights and sounds of a checkup appointment. Our children’s hygienist loved working with kids, and with her captivating energy, she’ll prove to them that going to the dentist is a truckload of fun.
There are some real benefits in starting orthodontic treatment when children are much younger. The children usually don’t have to wear braces for a long period of time during those awkward teenage years. It is also much easier to expand the palate and allow room for all of the adult teeth to have the proper space to come in. In most of those cases, young children will not get braces, however they will have their palates expanded by an appliance. This will make their arches wider. It allows space in the mouth for all of the child’s adult teeth to properly grow.
Ideal dental hygiene at your home is really important and needs to begin at a very young age. We take the time to instruct parents and children on correct brushing and flossing methods to allow them to enjoy excellent dental health for a lifetime.