Although every child is different and develops at their own pace, most baby (primary) teeth begin to erupt around the six-month mark. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advises parents to schedule the first dental appointment by the child's first birthday or six months after the first tooth has erupted. The pediatric dentists at Ashby Park Pediatric Dentistry with locations in Greenville, Anderson, and Easley, SC, will perform a general exam and discuss how to properly care for your child's teeth and gums during the first dental appointment.
Pediatric and Family Dentistry in Greenville, Anderson, and Easley, SC
Although primary teeth are temporary, caring for them is just as important as permanent teeth. Statistics show that many children are getting their first dental check up much later than recommended. But contrary to popular belief, baby teeth are not just a set of placeholders until the permanent teeth are ready to go in. In addition to playing an important role in essential factors of the child's development like nutrition and speech, the effects of poor oral hygiene — even in baby teeth — can carry over and affect the permanent teeth even after the baby teeth have fallen out.
Tooth Decay and Cavities in Baby Teeth
Baby bottle tooth decay, which results when babies and toddlers consume sugary drinks, can lead to cavities in primary teeth. Why does it matter if they will eventually fall out anyway? It is important to keep baby teeth healthy to avoid pain and to allow them to fall out naturally at the right time, which can affect the growth and alignment of the permanent tooth underneath. On a practical level, the younger a child is when they first go to the dentist, the less likely they will be to be afraid to go back in the future. Learning proper brushing and flossing techniques on baby teeth will prepare children to take their oral health seriously as they grow up.
Find a Pediatric Dentist in Greenville, Anderson, and Easley, SC
Developing good oral hygiene and dental care practices in childhood are the best ways to guarantee a lifetime of good oral health. For more information on pediatric dentistry and the best time to take your children to the dentist, contact Ashby Park Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment in Greenville, SC, (864) 234-3424, Anderson, SC, (864) 437-8606, or Easley, SC, (864) 442-5090.
Dental anxiety is a very real and common situation for many people around the world. Often, children are at the forefront of this problem. Sedation dentistry can help to quell dental anxiety and help patients relax in the dental chair. But is sedation dentistry safe for children? Find out more about sedation dentistry and what it can do for you or your child with your dentist at Ashby Park Pediatric Dentistry with locations in Greenville, Anderson and Easley, SC.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry gives patients with dental anxiety the opportunity to see their dentist for dental work while remaining relaxed and anxiety-free during their visit. Sedation is available in different strengths and levels, including minimal sedation, or “laughing gas” as it is often referred to, moderate sedation, where the patient may not remember some parts of their procedure, deep sedation, where the patient may fall asleep or forget most of their procedure, and general anesthesia, which puts the patient completely to sleep during their procedure.
Is sedation dentistry safe for children?
Sedation dentistry has proven to be a safe and effective procedure for children. Sedation can help put children’s minds at ease and allow their dentist to treat their dental conditions without complications. Sedation also helps lower the child’s stress level, allowing them to relax throughout their procedure.
Sedation Dentistry in Greenville, Anderson and Easley
If you think your child could benefit from sedation dentistry, you should consult with their dentist to ensure that this method will work for them and their situation. A good candidate for sedation dentistry is in good general health and able to undergo the anesthesia without complications. Those undergoing the stronger forms of sedation like deep or general anesthesia will require someone to drive them home after their procedure.
For more information on sedation dentistry, please contact your dentist at Ashby Park Pediatric Dentistry with locations in Greenville, Anderson and Easley, SC.
If you keep up with your child’s recommended dental appointments, they are probably usually uneventful and consist of an examination and cleaning. However, your child’s pediatric dentist offers much more than these simple appointments. Learn more about what services your pediatric dentists provide at Ashby Park Pediatric Dentistry, serving Greenville, Easley and Anderson, SC.
Popular among children who are still in the process of losing their baby teeth, dental sealants are a plastic coating which, when applied to the teeth, protects them from outside elements and helps decrease the chances of tooth decay and cavities. The sealant’s plastic materials fill the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the teeth which toothbrushes cannot reach. By filling these grooves, bacteria, food particles and plaque cannot lodge themselves inside preventing decay from ever starting.
Conscious sedation can help children who have anxiety or do not cooperate through their dental appointment calmly, allowing your dentist to perform their procedures efficiently and ensuring positive results. Often referred to as “laughing gas," dentists administer nitrous oxide through a mask placed over the nose. The child remains conscious and alert through their procedure but feels more relaxed.
Orthodontic care straightens teeth and corrects abnormalities in the child's bite. While most orthodontic care begins around the age of 12 or 13, interceptive orthodontics focuses on starting care at an earlier age while the jaw is still growing and the teeth are still coming in. This allows your dentist to guide the growing jaw and teeth along their normal growth patterns. It's important that the teeth grow in a way that benefits the mouth.
Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Greenville, Easley and Anderson, SC
Your child should see their dentist at least twice a year for their regular dental examination and cleaning. As recommended by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, children should begin seeing their dentist within 6 months of their first tooth or by their first birthday. Your dentist can help you determine which procedures are best for your child.
For more information on services your Greenville, Easley and Anderson, SC, pediatric dentist provides, please contact Ashby Park Pediatric Dentistry. Call (864) 234-3424 to schedule an appointment at the Greenville location, (864) 442-5090 to schedule an appointment at the Easley location, or (864) 437-8606 to schedule an appointment at the Anderson location today!
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