At Lee Family Dentistry, we enjoy treating the whole family, and love seeing infants, children, and adolescents in our office. It is important to us that every visit is a positive experience, and it is our goal that parents’ and children’s questions and concerns are addressed at each visit to ensure a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.
Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, play a big role in development. Children use them for 5-7 years, and they are important for chewing, appearance, and speech development. They also serve as place holders that direct the adult teeth into the correct spots.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child first see the dentist either at age one or six months after their first baby tooth appears, whichever comes first. That visit generally consists of a quick exam to make sure everything is developing correctly, and allows us to answer any questions you have about your child’s oral health. It also helps familiarize your child with our office, so they look forward to future dental visits.
When your child comes to see us for checkups, we carefully examine all baby teeth and any incoming adult teeth. We check for decay, make sure that everything is developing correctly, and review with you how to care properly for your child’s teeth. We also thoroughly clean the teeth and apply fluoride varnish to help prevent future decay. If needed, we may also:
- Apply sealants to help keep decay from getting into the deep grooves of molars.
- Fabricate mouthguards to keep smiles safe during sports.
- Refer to an orthodontist if teeth are not erupting (coming in) properly.