We are proud to have a family-friendly atmosphere at U Dental Clinic. Bring your entire family to our office! We begin children’s dentistry at three years old. We ensure to work quickly to cater to your toddler’s limited attention span.
During early dental visits, it’s essential to get your child used to the dental office environment. We prioritize your child’s comfortability, and we are dedicated to creating a positive experience around dentistry.
We recommend your child see a dentist at three-years-old because dental decay can develop at a young age.
Your child’s initial appointment will help them become acquainted with the dental office. We will introduce your little one to the team and make them feel at home by giving them a ride in the dentist chair! We will count and brush their teeth and do a polish if they let us. Your dentist will do a quick exam to make sure everything is on track.
How Do Children’s Teeth Develop?
Children’s teeth and mouths are different from adult teeth – that’s why pediatric dentistry is its own discipline!
When kids are young, they have a maximum of 20 teeth – after that, the permanent teeth start coming in. Some babies are born with a tooth or two poking out – though most babies don’t have any teeth showing when they’re born.
Your child’s teeth can develop many of the same problems we see in permanent teeth – cavities are a common concern. That’s why it’s important to develop good oral health habits early!
Baby teeth generally grow in the following time frame:
Developing good oral hygiene habits
Great oral hygiene habits are developed early. There are a number of reasons it’s important to bring your child in for regular visits to the dentist:
- It can help prevent dental anxiety later on in life
- We can help your child improve their oral hygiene routine
- We can spot cavities and other oral health problems
- We can spot areas where plaque has built up, and where brushing and flossing can be improved
The good habits we help your child develop are useful throughout their life – from when their first baby teeth come in to when they have all of their permanent teeth!
Regular Check-ups to Prevent Tooth Decay
Most children will need dental services at some point, whether it’s for a loose tooth that won’t come out or for a cavity.
But in the world of dentistry, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regular check-ups can prevent tooth decay and cavities. We’ll carefully and gently clean off all the tartar and plaque around your child’s teeth.
Some parents wonder whether or not it’s worth treating cavities on baby teeth – after all, they’re going to fall out! Those cavities still need to be treated – otherwise, they can lead to serious infections and other oral health problems.
Our dental hygienists and pediatric dentists can help seriously reduce the risk of cavities and other oral health problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are children's dentistry important?
Children’s dentistry is crucial for establishing good oral health habits early in life, preventing dental issues, and ensuring that children have a healthy and happy smile as they grow.
What happens during a child's first dental visit?
he first visit typically involves a gentle examination, a discussion of oral hygiene, and guidance for parents on caring for their child’s teeth. It’s a positive and informative experience to familiarize the child with the dental office.
How can I prepare my child for their first dental visit?
You can prepare your child by discussing the visit in a positive and age-appropriate way, using positive language, and reading books or watching videos about dental visits.
Are dental X-rays safe for children?
Yes, dental X-rays are safe, and the exposure is minimal. They provide essential information for diagnosing and monitoring dental issues. We take extra precautions, including using lead aprons, to ensure safety.
What can I do to help my child develop good oral hygiene habits?</p> <p>
Be a positive role model, supervise brushing and flossing until your child is capable, and provide a balanced diet with limited sugary snacks and drinks.
What should I do if my child has a dental emergency?
Contact our office immediately for guidance on how to handle the situation. We are here to provide support and treatment for dental emergencies involving children.
How can I schedule an appointment for my child's dental care?
Scheduling an appointment is easy. You can call our office or use our online appointment scheduling system to arrange a visit that is convenient for you.
Book an Appointment Today
There’s nothing more important than your child’s health and well-being. We understand.
That’s why we offer an environment of comfort and care at our clinic in Edmonton, AB. If you’re looking for a dental clinic with dentists and staff who love working with kids, give us a call.
We look forward to meeting you and your kids!