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Children’s Dentistry in Davidson, NC

Children’s Dentistry

Let’s face it: not every adult looks forward to their upcoming dental appointment. Convincing children to look forward to their first appointment or return for a follow-up appointment, can be twice as daunting as convincing ourselves. But as adults know, oral care is a necessary part of life. By establishing a good relationship between a child and dentist early on, we encourage our children to commit to a routine of self-care that will go with them for the rest of their lives.

Although a visit to the dentist may be difficult for them at first, children are fast learners. Children typically grow to a point where they look forward to a prize from the dentist’s prize chest. At Dastrup Dental, we understand that, for children, life is about adventure. Our team of compassionate professionals looks forward to making a good first impression with young patients. Best of all, children brighten our office while we, in turn, brighten their smiles!

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Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, parents should schedule a dental appointment for around the same time that an infant’s first tooth develops. For many infants, this occurs sometime before or slightly after the one-year mark. But with only one tooth to examine, what is this first dental appointment really about? 

Your child’s first dental appointment has two key outcomes:

  • Examining oral health and tracking expected development
  • Acclimating your child to the dentist’s office & exam

After a brief appointment, Dr. Dastrup and his team will walk parents through the next stages of at-home oral care. Just as the lifestyle choices of adults can impact their oral health, there are several habits infants have that may affect their development. Bottle use, thumb sucking, and proper nutrition can inform your child’s early oral development and should be considered when discussing your child’s past, present, and future oral health. For the brightest future and the best relationship with a dentist, starting your child out early is the best way to go.

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Baby Teeth, Baby Steps

At Dastrup Dental, we understand the difference between treating adults and treating children. Our team of compassionate experts knows how to put children at ease and put more complicated concepts into language that children can understand.

Establishing a good rapport with children from an early age is crucial in starting a lifelong relationship. For these reasons, our team is extra careful not to create negative feelings about the experience inadvertently. As parents ourselves, we know how frightening it can be, and we’ll do everything in our power to put your children at ease so that they can get the care they need.

As baby teeth grow, they provide a necessary template for the placement and growth of adult teeth. By developing good habits and understanding early, your child has a better chance of taking oral health more seriously as they grow. Good oral habits are challenging enough for adults to maintain, making it even more important to start your child’s oral health and hygiene journey on the right foot.

Children’s Dentistry FAQs

After the first appointment, your dentist will recommend a follow-up at the appropriate time. While children may not need the level of cleaning or care that adults require, it’s crucial to track their oral development by making regular appointments.

Children usually have a complete set of baby teeth between the ages of six months to one year. Starting at around age six, these baby teeth will begin to fall out, with adult teeth rising to replace them. Children generally have a full set of adult teeth by the time they transition into teenagers.

If your child maintains most or all of their baby teeth by the age of seven, you may want to consult a dentist. Though there may not necessarily be a problem, your dentist can recommend a series of x-rays to make sure that adult teeth are growing in normally. Every child is different. Rates of development are also case-by-case.

Before bringing your child to their first dental appointment, you may simply want to play dentist at home. Keep your children with you as you brush and floss, or place them in a chair while using a child’s toothbrush to lightly show them how it’s done. However you go about it, illustrating the upcoming appointment at home beforehand can put them at ease before the big day comes.

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Despite our best attempts, children have a rough and tumble way of learning about their world. Accidents happen, and we’re here for those too. If a fall or trip has chipped, broken, or knocked out a tooth, we’re here to recommend a course of action and, more importantly, to calm your child and give them the peace of mind they deserve.

To start your child out on a lifetime of good oral health and hygiene, consider starting them as early as possible. Good memories inform good behavior, and as parents, we won’t always be around to make sure that our children are taking the best care of themselves. As a father of three himself, Dr. Dastrup knows the struggle. That’s why he tailors his practice to treat every member of your family, even the newest!

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