Fort Dental Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics

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Preparing For Their First Visit

Our team will do all we can to help children have an awesome dental experience. A little preparation by parents can help ensure a child leaves happy and looks forward to coming back.

Helping children understand what is going to happen can be beneficial because new experiences can be intimidating. Here are a few tips for parents to help their children enjoy their dental experience:

 

  • Play dentist with the child by asking them to open their mouth so you can look at their teeth.
  • Schedule appointments during times when the child is normally alert, awake, and happy.
  • Keep regular dental visits! Having consistent positive experiences can help remove dental visit anxieties. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please reach us at [email protected] if you cannot find an answer to your question.

When your child comes in for their first visit, we will examine your child’s teeth and gums to be sure that their first set of teeth are developing optimally. While baby teeth are obviously not permanent, they help determine the path for their adult teeth and are an important part of speech and the establishment of a healthy bite. Keeping your child’s baby teeth healthy is an important step in your child’s dental development. 

Healthy baby teeth allow children to chew and speak properly. They are also placeholders in the jaw for developing permanent teeth. If a primary tooth falls out prematurely, neighboring teeth may move into the empty space, meaning there won’t be enough room for the permanent tooth to grow in. This may cause crooked or overcrowded permanent teeth.

Yes! You should begin cleaning your baby’s mouth a few days after they are born. Wipe your baby’s gums with a damp washcloth or gauze pad after each feeding to remove plaque and help your child learn the feel of clean teeth and gums.

Decay can occur as soon as your child develops teeth. One of the biggest risks of cavities comes from the usage of baby bottles during sleep or from continuous breast feeding. Milk, formula and other sugary drinks can pool in your child’s mouth, causing the teeth to be exposed to acids that cause decay. If your child needs a bottle to sleep at night, fill it with water.

Parents should brush their children’s teeth until they are six to nine years of age. Until this age, children don’t have the dexterity skills required to brush their teeth the proper way, and therefore can’t prevent tooth decay.

Fluoridated toothpaste should be introduced when a child is two years of age. Prior to that, parents should clean the child’s teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. When toothpaste is used after age two, the child should be supervised to make sure he or she uses a ‘smear’ of toothpaste, just enough to create foam on the toothbrush. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing. After age three, a pea-sized amount should be used.

Every six months. By seeing your child every six months, we can clean the teeth so they are free of plaque and tartar before serious problems develop. Children grow and change very quickly, so with regular check-ups, WE will not only check for dental decay, but also observe any irregularities in the teeth spacing, bite, tooth mobility, and facial structure.

Educational Videos and Reading Resources

How To Brush Baby's Teeth

Learn more about brushing teeth at WhatToExpect.com

Even Peppa Pig Goes to the Dentist

Join in as Peppa goes to the dentist for a  dental checkup.

 

Daniel Tiger Gets His Teeth Cleaned

Join Daniel Tiger as he visits the dental to get his teeth cleaned.

 

How To Brush Your Teeth

Great health starts with good habits. This is a great video to show your kids the proper way to manage their oral hygiene.

Cavities

What are cavities and how to prevent them.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Suck?

hese pesky molars can cause infections tooth decay, and even tumors. The problem? Wisdom teeth often can’t fit in our mouths. 

General Anesthesia for Children’s Dental Care: Before and During Treatment

Some pediatric dental work requires general anesthesia to reduce pain and keep you child safe. Learn how to safely prepare your child for general anesthesia before their appointment.

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Recommended Books

Reading a story about visiting the dentist can help ease anxiety and turn it into a positive experience. Some of Fort Dental’s favorite reads are:

 – Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer

– Dentist Trip (Peppa Pig) by Scholastic

– Smile by Raina Telgemeier (for ages 8-12 years)