Your child’s first ‘regular’ visit to the dentist’s office should be just after your child’s second birthday. The first visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We focus on developing a comfort level between the doctor and the child as this is essential in making the subsequent interactions pleasant for the child.
An examination is conducted of your child’s teeth and gums, to check for decay and the progress of their permanent teeth under the gums. We may, also clean your child’s teeth and apply child-safe topical fluoride to help protect their teeth against decay. Most important of all, we will discuss with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
Contrary to the common belief, tooth decay in children is not a natural occurrence. With proper preventive care set early on, not only can their teeth be protected in the present but also set the foundation for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.
At Family Dentistry of Toms River, we use advanced sealant technology that are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth.
High sugar diet and lack of proper oral hygiene practices lead to cavities in most cases. Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digests sugars. This acidic environment can destroy the tooth structure, and can eventually lead to cavities.
Consistency of a person’s saliva also makes a big difference. Thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. For people with a high carb and sugar diet, the saliva tends to be thicker, which leads to more acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities.
Some parents don’t give too much importance to baby teeth since they believe they are just place holders for permanent teeth. However, in reality they not only hold the space for permanent teeth but they are important for developing proper to chewing, biting, speech habits in addition to adding to the appearance.
It is natural to feel apprehensive about your child’s dental visits. Feel free to call us to discuss any concerns you may have!