At Blue Sky Smiles, we have children and families of our own so we understand the level of care you expect for your little ones. We also understand how scary the dentist can be, even for many adults, but especially for kids. Setting the stage for a lifetime of oral health is important at this early stage because these are the years they are absorbing the most information and forming habits they will carry with them for life. Our team is gentle and friendly to make their visits anything but scary, and we make sure to educate both you and your little one about the importance of taking good care of your teeth and gums.
Many folks think pediatric dentistry is not all that important because their baby teeth are only going to fall out anyway. This could not be more dangerous or further from the truth. The truth is, healthy baby teeth set the stage for healthy adult teeth to grow in properly. If you neglect their dental health in the early years, you are only setting them up for a lifetime of oral health problems and embarrassment down the road.
If you have a new addition to your family within the last year, congratulations! You probably already know you should be cleaning your baby’s gums after feeding with a warm wet washcloth. So when should you bring them to the dentist? Usually, around the time their first tooth emerges, typically around their first birthday. We just want to take a look and make sure everything is developing properly so we can catch any potential problems before they become more difficult to treat.
You should brush your little one’s teeth for them, using a child-sized, soft-bristle toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste until they develop the proper knowledge and motor skills to do so themselves, usually around age six. You should floss for them as well until they learn how to do it effectively on their own. You should supervise brushing and flossing until you feel confident to leave them up to their own devices.
Once they are brushing and flossing on their own, you can add a children’s fluoride rinse to help in the fight against tooth decay and gingivitis. Make sure to monitor their fluoride use to ensure their safety. They should always rinse thoroughly and spit to avoid ingesting fluoride.
We practice an educational and preventive model of dentistry, so we can prevent your child from needing more extensive dental work down the road. We provide routine exams and x-rays for kids, and gentle cleanings to take care of any plaque or tartar they’ve left behind.
Our hygienists are friendly and gentle to make sure they have a pleasant experience in the chair and don’t leave with sore gums or negative feelings about the dentist. We’ll be sure to make them feel completely comfortable before we even look in their mouth. We’ll show them some of the tools we’ll be using to familiarize them with the process before getting started.
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*Dr. Robinson is a general dentist providing orthodontic services.