Serving Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN
Finding just the right dentist and dental team to take care of your child’s oral health is about one of the most important decisions you can make concerning their health. At Choto Family Dentistry, we welcome patients of all ages, including children, and we know just how to help make kids, and parents, feel comfortable during their visit with us.
Oral health is just as important for children as it is adults. In fact, it is almost more important to take care of your child’s teeth while they are developing, as poor oral health and formation or improper growth of their mouth and teeth can have a significant impact on not only their oral health but their overall health as well.
At Choto Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of services specially designed for children including:
- Dental cleanings
- Emergency dental visits
- Fluoride treatments
- Space maintainers
- Airway evaluations
- Sleep apnea treatment
When should my child first see the dentist?
We generally like to stick to the ADA’s recommendation that children receive their first dental visit by their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts, whichever comes first. It is during these crucial years of development that a lot of changes are occurring all at once. If we can detect any problems early on, this may help prevent developmental problems or costly dental procedures down the road.
What to expect during your child’s first visit
If your child is coming in for a dental cleaning and examination, we will first have the dental hygienist clean your child’s teeth. Depending on the age of the child, we may ask the parent or guardian to come and sit with the child during this process.
Next, the dentist will come in to assess your child’s overall health and discuss with you the necessary oral hygiene habits for your child’s specific needs. If there are any concerns at this time, the dentist will discuss them with you, as well as explain the options available for treatment.
How can I prepare my child for their first visit?
Going to the dentist, or any doctor for that matter can be scary for children.
However, here are some tips to help ease your child’s mind about their upcoming visit:
- Talk with your child and explain what is going to take place during their visit. Avoid using words like hurt, pain, sharp objects, and the like.
- Read books or stories that pertains to going to the dentist or role-play by brushing each other’s teeth and having your own little pretend dental visit.
- You could even let your child accompany you when you visit your dentist for a dental cleaning. This way, they can see that there is nothing to fear when visiting the dentist.
Beyond the first visit
A child’s first visit to the dentist is undoubtedly an important milestone. However, so is the continued treatment throughout life, as well as good oral hygiene efforts at home. It is up to parents and caregivers to help model oral hygiene habits for their children and see to it that their child visits the dentist for routine dental check-ups and cleanings.
Here are some helpful tips on oral hygiene for children:
- Infants – Wipe gums clean with a soft, moist cloth after every feeding.
- Toddlers – As soon as teeth begin to emerge, gently brush with an age-appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste twice a day. Flossing should occur when teeth begin touching.
- Children (school aged) – Brush and floss daily, add a non-alcohol based mouth rinse to their oral hygiene routine. An adult should supervise these efforts because children do not possess the ability to effectively clean their teeth until about the age of 7 or 8.
Tips for good oral health
There are many steps parents and caregivers can take to help promote good oral health in their children including:
- Avoid letting your baby or toddler go to bed with a bottle or sippy cup containing anything other than plain water
- Limit child’s consumption of sugary beverages, or eliminate entirely
- Practice good oral hygiene habits that are age appropriate
- Encourage healthy eating, limit sugar and foods high in carbohydrates such as chips and crackers
- Take child to dentist at least twice a year, beginning when the first tooth erupts or their first birthday
Experience the difference at Choto Family Dentistry
To learn more about our kids care program or ways to help prepare your child for their upcoming dental visit, call Choto Family Dentistry today at (865) 409-5077.
We will make every effort to help your child feel comfortable during his or her visit. We also like to encourage parents or caregivers to have an active approach to their child’s oral health, which is why we welcome any questions or concerns from you. Our caring staff will also help educate you and your child on ways to maintain or improve their oral health.
Pediatric Dentistry in Knoxville
Choto Family Dentistry welcomes patients of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the communities of Choto and Northshore.