Encouraging positive dental hygiene and habits in your young children will impact their current and future dental health. An important aspect of the work we do is educating parents and children on the tips and tools they need for oral hygiene success. By working together, and being diligent, we have seen increasing numbers of young patients reach adulthood without ever experiencing a cavity. Our team at Kelly Smile Dentistry can help you have the information you and your family needs in having and maintaining healthy teeth and gums. We invite you to learn more.
Are cavities a normal part of childhood?
A common misconception that many adults have is concerning cavities. Many adults think that having a cavity, known also as caries, is a normal part of childhood. Though most adults may have experienced a cavity in their youth, this is a not a necessary rite of passage. Parents can help their children never know the discomfort of tooth decay. We can provide the information, tips, and tools to help, including:
What will happen at my child’s first dental visit?
We would love to see your child regularly for dental visits. Our objective for office visits are for both their oral health and to help them become more comfortable in our office. When your child comes, we invite parents to use positive language, express the importance of dental care. We also ask that parents refrain sharing stories from past childhood experiences that use frightening terms such as drill or shots. We want your child to see, touch, and hear the value and importance of dental work. Depending on their age, we may demonstrate various tools, take digital x-rays, and perform a dental cleaning. Parents are always welcomed to stay with younger children, and be available in the waiting room, if needed, for older children. We want to help your child develop a positive mindset in dental care.