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February is Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health month. One of the most common questions we are asked is when should you start taking your child to the Dentist? The American Dental Association recommends that children should have an exam by the time of their first birthday. Being both a Registered Dental Hygienist and a mom of two, I realize just how beneficial it is to have these early introductions.
During your child’s first appointment home care, diet, and even hereditary predispositions will be discussed. We value these appointments as a way to answer any questions or concerns new parents may have regarding dental health. Since cavities are the most chronic disease in children, it is important to have both this evaluation and demonstration on how to properly care for your child’s teeth early on. We continue to adapt to the dental needs of children as they transition from baby (primary) dentition to adult (permanent) dentition. During this stage of growth, we take the necessary radiographs to help diagnose and create treatment plans for both restorative and aesthetic needs. It is also during this time that preventative sealants can be placed on the biting surface of newly erupted molars, and early orthodontics can be introduced. Oral growth and development, as well as the need for speech and language counseling, are reviewed. We find that encouraging healthy habits throughout adolescence and providing a comfortable atmosphere helps our patients have optimal dental health for life.
Here at Norge Dental Center, our pediatric reception and treatment rooms are adapted for the comfort of our younger patients and their families. Every child is unique, as are their dental needs. As part of our comprehensive approach to dental care, we strive to create a treatment plan that is necessary and personalized to each patient. We look forward to sharing it with your family and promoting a lifetime of healthy smiles.

author: Christina Thomas, RDH
 
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