At Dentistry of Highland Village, we consider it a privilege to care for the newest smiles in your family. With an environment that feels like home, a friendly staff and our expertise in pediatric dentistry, going to the dentist can be something your child looks forward to. We understand how to make your child's dental visit comfortable and fun, which often plays a significant role in how they view their dental health as an adult. You will find that we take extra measures to reduce your child's anxiety and fear from the moment they walk through our doors. Our office environment features entertainment for kids in the waiting room and Bose headphones and blankets in the treatment rooms. We encourage kids to bring their favorite stuffed animal if it makes them feel more at ease. Above all, we get to know our young patients so that they feel confident and comfortable during their visit. We also use kid-friendly language when explaining general dental procedures or educating them about their dental health.
When New Teeth Arrive
Primary teeth (or baby teeth) typically erupt beginning at the age of 6 to 12 months and continue to erupt until approximately three years old. A total of 20 baby teeth marks the completion of the primary teeth phase. Although baby teeth do fall out, never dismiss the importance of caring for them properly.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist by their first birthday. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your child's first dental visit a better experience. We will continue to clean and examine your child's teeth every six months unless otherwise indicated.
Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits
Healthy dental habits start young. By teaching your child the importance of caring for their teeth at home, strong habits are established for the future and costly dental problems are often avoided. We encourage kids to stay away from a high-sugared diet, brush for two minutes, twice a day and floss daily. It is important to remember that until your child can tie his or her own shoelaces (around 6 years old), brushing and flossing often require the assistance of an adult. If you notice signs of decay, damage or discoloration on your child's teeth prior to their scheduled dental checkup, please let us know as soon as possible.
Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups
Unfortunately, children are more prone to cavities. Although dental caries are largely preventable, they remain the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years, according to the CDC. The enamel on baby teeth is immature and porous, and it takes seven years for this chalky enamel to be replaced by more dense and strong enamel. Therefore, we value the importance of teaching your child strong dental hygiene habits at an early age and educating them on how cavities form so that they can make wise decisions regarding their oral health. Our practice offers digital x-rays, sealants and fluoride as part of our top quality pediatric dental care.
Contact Dentistry of Highland Village today to schedule your child's first and last home for trusted dental care. We treat our patients like family!