At Elgin Family Dental, we enjoy treating patients of all ages, but we especially enjoy working with young children. When they are very young, we have the perfect opportunity to show them how to keep their precious smile healthy, and we value the trust you place in us to play that role.
No two children are alike, and each needs their own unique approach. We enjoy meeting children doing whatever is necessary to ensure that they feel safe and comfortable with us. Taking the time now to put them at ease with us is the best way to give them a positive start on their future oral health care and a lifetime of happy smiles.
Teaching Your Child Proper Oral Health Habits
One of your important jobs as a parent is to show your child how to brush and floss correctly. Since most little kids don’t have the dexterity to manage a toothbrush until they’re about six years old, you’ll need to guide them.
You do not have to worry because our caring hygiene team will instruct you on how to help your child with oral hygiene so you can then teach them at home. We will also help you understand the part that nutrition plays in your child’s oral health so you can choose foods that promote a healthy smile.
The Importance of Baby Teeth
The American Dental Association states that children should first visit the dentist when the first tooth emerges, but no later than their first birthday. Healthy baby teeth are the foundation for future dental development, so it’s critical to ensure that we treat cavities as soon as possible, whether it’s a baby tooth or a permanent tooth.
If your baby loses a tooth before it’s ready to come out on its own, permanent teeth that are developing in the gums can come in at odd angles because they don’t have enough room to erupt properly. This can cause tooth misalignment and the possible need for orthodontic treatment in the future.
The Benefit of Positive Visits
It’s best to bring your child to the dentist before they are in pain because we want their first dental experiences to be positive and happy. Waiting to see us until there’s a problem may make your child think that a trip to the dentist is painful or scary. Experiences just like this are the reason that so many adults experience dental anxiety!
We will continue to monitor your child's oral development as they grow to ensure it's progressing as it should. We may recommend preventive treatments like dental sealants and fluoride applications to avoid cavities.
Please Call for an Appointment
Most dental insurance plans cover the cost of preventive exams and cleanings for your child, and a member of our team will be happy to assist you. We also offer interest-free financing through CareCredit.
If it’s time for your child’s first appointment, please call Elgin Family Dental at (512) 285-3322. We look forward to welcoming you and your child to our dental family!