Dentistry for Kids
At Ashley Bennett DDS and J.J. Perkiomaki DMD PC, we pride ourselves on treating every member of the family, especially children. We can help your child maintain proper oral health, and establish excellent oral hygiene habits that will carry over into adulthood. If you are concerned about your child’s oral health, rest assured knowing they are in good hands!
The Importance of Dentistry for KidsProfessional dental care can ensure that your child’s primary and permanent teeth stay healthy and free of decay. Unfortunately, most American children do not receive the oral health care they need promptly. Routine appointments allow us to remove plaque build-up, tartar-build up, food debris, and harmful bacteria. If these problems are not addressed early and often, your child may experience tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental diseases.
Some parents do not know about the importance of their child’s primary teeth. While these teeth eventually fall out, they still play a crucial role in the development of your child’s oral health. Think of them as placeholders for their permanent teeth. If a primary tooth develops significant decay or falls out prematurely, your child may experience oral health complications that affect their permanent teeth.
X-rays may also be a part of your child’s appointment. These days, x-rays are safer than ever before. In fact, the benefits of x-rays far outweigh the risks. An x-ray is a diagnostic tool that can help us track the progress of developing teeth and prevent major complications.
How Often Should My Child Visit the Dentist?Most dental healthcare professionals agree that your child should visit the dentist by the time their first tooth erupts, or their first birthday. During this visit, Dr. Perkiomaki and Dr. Bennett will perform a comprehensive exam to ensure the health of your child. We may also address any problems if they are present.
We can also show you the proper way to care and maintain your child’s teeth and gum tissues. As your child grows older, you can pass these techniques on to them to make sure they are implementing a good oral health care regimen. Proper diet is also an important part of your child’s oral health. As a general rule of thumb, you should stay away from foods and snacks that are high in sugar and other simple carbohydrates.
As your child develops, Dr. Perkiomaki and Dr. Bennett will determine the intervals at which they visit our office. Children with pristine oral health may require fewer visits. Those who are at high risk for decay and gum disease may need more frequent visits. As with adults, one visit every six months is the most common interval.
What If My Child Is Scared of the Dentist?We know that some children can be scared or nervous when it comes to visiting the dentist. There are several steps you can take to reduce your child’s fear or anxieties. Be sure to prepare in advance, by answering any questions and reassuring them that a dental office is a safe place.
During the visit, some parents find it helpful to bring their favorite toy. Staying calm is also important. If you have dental phobias, be sure not to show them. A soothing demeanor can make all the difference.
We also try to make the experience as fun and comfortable as possible. We use simple words to explain procedures and encourage positive reinforcement.
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment Routine appointments and professional cleanings are a crucial part of your child’s oral health. Call (503) 292-8996 today to schedule your child’s appointment!