Child Friendly Dentist | Staunton & Waynesboro VA
Augusta Dental treats your WHOLE FAMILY. Along with teens and adults, children are always welcome in our practice. For checkups and cleanings, we are often able to schedule you and your children at the same time.
Your child’s first visit
Children light up our office with their smiles and laughter, and we love making their first experiences at the dentist a great one. Our office, as well as the American Dental Association recommends that your child be seen by their first birthday.
While many children have only a few teeth by their first birthday, The goal of the first dental visit is to introduce your child to a lifetime of healthy dental habits. We will introduce him/her to our caring team of professionals who will talk with them, tell stories, and put them at ease. We will ask you about your child’s dietary and nutritional habits and oral hygiene routines and will sit with you and answer any questions you have concerning your child’s oral health. Based on the questions and feedback provided, we will offer recommendations for continued care. Parents are always welcome in the exam room.
To ease fears, Dr. Salzberg and his staff use special names for the instruments, and allow your children to touch and feel many of them before their use. We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. Our overhead flat screen TVs and headphones are especially popular with our young patients as they can watch their favorite cartoon while they have their teeth cleaned or while other other dental treatment is provided. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth. At the conclusion of their successful appointment, children LOVE picking out a toy from our treasure test, and of course, they always leave with a new toothbrush!
What about preventative care?
Tooth decay and children no longer have to go hand in hand. At our office we are most concerned with all aspects of preventive care. We use the latest in dental sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are space-age plastics that are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth. This is just one of the ways we will set the foundation for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.
Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly, of course, can help. The longer it takes your child to chew their food and the longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities.
Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities.
Consistency of a person’s saliva also makes a difference; thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a person eats diets high in carbohydrates and sugars they tend to have thicker saliva, which in turn allows more of the acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities.
Tips for cavity prevention
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
- Watch what your child drinks.
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks.
The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your baby is about 6-8 months old. Next to follow will be the 4 upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby’s teeth will appear periodically. They will usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.
At around 2 1/2 years old your child should have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don’t. Don’t worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different.
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.