For most of our children’s early years, we leave all the applause and celebration to the tooth fairy. As a dentist, it’s easy to see why moms don’t always know to bring their children in early. But we’ve seen firsthand how important a timely checkup can be in supporting a child’s healthy future. It makes a difference. We’re here to help.
We’re NOT Crazy: Your Baby Should See The Dentist.
Yes! Pediatricians and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry state that the best time for your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist should take place within six months of your baby’s first tooth appearing through the gums. Cavities start early. Thankfully, dental health can, too.
What Can I Expect During My Kid’s First Dental Visit?
As your dentist we have the opportunity to to meet your child, get to know them and their smiles, and delicately check for small dental issues that can be solved early with preventive care.
And rest assured: There is usually little to no treatment involved. At most your dentist may elect to perform a gentle teeth cleaning or a fluoride treatment, but only if necessary. And both are preventive measures to keep your little one’s mouth in tip-top shape from the very beginning!
Brush ‘em, Brush ‘em, Brush ‘em
You’ll also learn the dentist’s tips and tricks for cleaning your little one’s teeth at home, so that you can establish a regular routine–the key to clean, cavity-free teeth!
Early Prevention is Priceless
If you’ve ever been nervous to see the dentist, you know that feeling safe in your dentist’s hands can take a huge weight off of your shoulders. Visiting the dentist at a young age builds positive relationships and encourages positivity at every dental visit. It also builds a foundation of excellent oral health! You can ask us all about:
- Pediatric oral conditions such as teething and thumbsucking
- Topical fluoride treatment to protect the teeth
- Proper home care, nutrition and dental hygiene techniques
- Preventive care, such as with dental fillings and cavity prevention
Bye, Bye Tooth Fairy, Hello Braces
When the tooth fairy visits are a thing of the past, many parents start wondering about the next step: braces. But when is the right time for your child to get braces? At Crossroads Family Dentistry a simple consultation can help let you know what to expect, before you take the next step.
How Can I Tell If My Child Needs Braces?
Not every child will need braces, but genetics may be a telling factor. Some orthodontic issues are best treated between ages 6-9, when there are still baby teeth. Other times, it is best to wait until baby teeth have come out (around age 10-13). An early checkup can help you discover the best time for your child’s smile, and get a head start on correcting the following symptoms:
- Misaligned bites or teeth
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- Correcting the lower and upper jaws to meet properly
- Correct genetics dental issues to prevent dental injury, tooth loss, or thumbsucking complications
Benefits of Braces
In addition to improving the appearance of your child’s smile, braces can help to prevent tooth loss, tooth decay, gum disease, and facilitate optimal chewing and bite functions. Braces also correct many situations that could be hindering comfortable and natural speech, and are best known to produce confident, healthy smiles.
Invisalign And Braces
At Crossroads Family Dental We offer Invisalign (the clear, removable alternative to braces) and work with great specialist when traditional braces are needed, which can be tailored to your goals and budget. Ask us for a consultation! As your family dentist in Oklahoma City we help patients of all ages feel safe and confident in their smiles!
Whether we are meeting a new patient or an old friend, we will provide with you the latest information about your dental health. We believe in listening to each patient to form a compassionate approach to modern dental care.
Crossroads Family Dentistry offers a full range of dental services including pediatric, family and senior dentistry as well as smile makeovers, dental implants and even custom veneers. The team at Crossroads Family Dentistry is committed to elevating what patients come to expect about their local dentist in Oklahoma City. Find out more about quality dentistry for your family by visiting www.crossroadsfamilydentistry.com or check out Facebook at fb.com/okcdentists.
Crossroads Family Dentistry
8101 S. Walker Ste. D
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73139
Ph: (405) 631-0322