Our children’s dentists stress the importance of making sure children see the dentist starting at an early age. Doctors Mayhew, Conn and Hardaway have many years of experience in children’s dental care and know how to show kids that there’s no need to be afraid of the dentist.
To get your child ready for the first visit to our office, speak positively about the trip and about your own dental experiences. You can read your child some books about kids going to the dentist and talk about what the dentist will do at the first appointment.
A child’s first dental appointment is typically short and usually involves very little treatment. We’ll gently examine your child’s mouth, teeth and gums and will review how you should help you child brush and floss each day. We’ll also evaluate any adverse habits like thumb sucking and suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.
When you start bringing your young child in to see the dentist regularly, you’ll be helping your child develop a lifetime of good oral health.
Preventative Care is Important
Tooth decay and children don’t have to go hand-in-hand. Our Boone and Wilkesboro, NC pediatric dentists are focused on all aspects of preventative care. We use the latest dental sealant technology to protect children’s teeth. Dental sealants are a transparent material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often occurs. Acting as a barrier, dental sealants protect the teeth from harmful bacteria and acids that attack the enamel. When sealants are used, a child has a lower risk of developing cavities and tooth decay so they’re definitely well worth it.
The depressions and grooves on the back teeth are challenging to keep clean because toothbrush bristles cannot reach deeply enough into them. By coating the back teeth with the dental sealant material, the chances of decay developing is greatly decreased. The dental sealants we use are designed to flow into the grooves and depressions that are present on the back teeth where decay often starts. Sealants are easy to apply and the procedure is painless.
If you’d like to schedule your child’s first appointment with us, please fill out and submit our appointments form. One of our team members will then contact you to set up an appointment time. We look forward to meeting you and your child soon!