February 16, 2017
When should you take your youngster for his or her first dental visit? Your children’s dentist in Beaumont, Dr. Michael Olson, says age three or four is the perfect time to begin in-office care. Just as with Mom or Dad, preventive dentistry ensures bright, healthy smiles for children.
A Child’s First Visit
It’s the most basic of care, but so foundational to healthy gums and teeth. When parents first bring their children to West End Dental Group, the family experiences a get-acquainted visit that helps everyone feel good about the professional staff, office atmosphere, instruments and procedures that are part of dental care.
Parents, schedule your little one’s first visit by age three–the time when most baby teeth have erupted. Your child will become accustomed to the sights and sounds of the office, meet Dr. Olson and his friendly team, and come to understand that going to the dentist in Beaumont is no big deal. In fact, it’s a fun experience.
Parents, be sure to put a positive foot forward regarding dental care. Children take their cues from Mom and Dad. If you are relaxed, they will be, too. Additionally, you are always welcome in your child’s treatment room. Ask questions of Dr. Olson and of the hygienist and front desk team. We want you to be fully informed about this important aspect of your child’s health care.
What Will Happen
First, our friendly hygienist will gently scale your child’s teeth, carefully removing plaque and tartar. Also, she will count the teeth and take low radiation digital X-rays as necessary.
Then, Dr. Olson performs a complete examination which includes:
- Inspection for cavities and gum disease
- A bite and tooth alignment check
- Oral cancer screening for older children and teens (it’s quick and painless)
- Jaw and bone development assessment
- Assessment of the size, number, and position of baby and adult teeth
Depending on his findings, Dr. Olson outlines treatments such as fluoride to protect against decay and plastic sealants for deeply grooved molars. Also, he addresses restorative needs, such as fillings, and he evaluates older children and teens for orthodontics.
Most importantly, Dr. Olson wants to work with children and their parents to optimize oral health. Expect information on a tooth-friendly diet, proper brushing, and flossing, and keeping smiles safe with nightguards for teeth grinding or athletic mouthguards for sports. Baby teeth are very important because they usher in the permanent ones and help children chew and speak properly.
We Prioritize Your Child’s Health
Dr. Olson and his team put a high priority on your children’s oral health. Be sure to schedule semi-annual exams and cleanings for your kids. Also, call us anytime there is a dental emergency or if you have a pressing question or concern.
Contact West End Dental Group to arrange your little one’s first visit. Anticipate a great experience and many years of healthy smiles.
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