Dayton, Ohio Pediatric Dentistry
Our staff has extensive experience in working with children. Our goal is to provide a fun, caring and positive environment for children. With this in mind, we have designed our office to be as welcoming as possible. Our young patients love the model train that runs throughout the office!
Why should I take my child to the dentist?
A child’s baby or primary teeth are of great importance. Baby teeth can help pave the way for secondary teeth, enhance speaking ability and chewing function. It is essential to begin caring for your child’s teeth from an early age. It is very important not to wait until your child experiences tooth ache to visit us. Visiting a dentist from an early age can help eliminate any fear of the dentist and establish a good dental routine that can be followed throughout their lives.
What does a Pediatric Dentist do?
Pediatric dentists fulfill many important functions pertaining to the child’s overall oral health and hygiene. They focus on the proper maintenance and care of baby teeth, which are essential to facilitating good chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.
They also help with educating both the parent and the child on proper hygiene routines and eating habits, to prevent tooth decay or cavities. They track and monitor the growth development of the teeth to be able to anticipate any dental issues and intervene before they worsen.
When should My child have their first dental visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children should have their first dental visit within the first three years of age. This is to ensure the child’s proper tooth development, prevention and early detection of dental problems.
How to care for My children teeth
- Brush twice a daily, Brush after each meal and drink water if possible.
- Floss once a day, at night time preferably.
- Place sealants on permanent molars
- Have regular dental check-ups every 6 months
- Practice healthy eating habits
Habits that are harmful for children
- Avoid eating or drinking before bedtime
- Going to bed with a bottle of milk, juice or formula
- Frequent snacking
Other habits that could become harmful for children’s teeth are:
- Thumb sucking
- Often use of Bottles/Sippy cups with sugary drinks
When food enters the mouth, the bacteria eats the sugar creating a acid that weakens the enamel on the teeth. During the period of time that this takes place cavities can begin to form.
Schedule a consultation
To learn more about Children’s dentistry and the what to do to help prevent tooth decay and cavities, Call us today at (937) 293-3402 to schedule your consultation or Contact us for more information on our children’s dentistry options.