CHILDREN CARE AND PREVENTION
When do children need to start seeing a dentist?
The sooner the better, but certainly by age two. An early dental visit lets us examine your child’s teeth and gums to make sure there are no early problems. Your child’s first visit may just be to get them comfortable with the office, or for a quick examination.
What kind of care do infants need?
Good dental hygiene starts even before there are any visible teeth. Parents need to wipe the gums of infants with a damp soft washcloth after each meal and before bed. Once teeth emerge, parents should brush them with a soft toothbrush. To prevent tooth decay, no child should be put to bed with a bottle of anything other than water. A visit to us at Spyros A. Koutsioukis, D.M.D. is recommended before your child’s second birthday. Ask us if a fluoride supplement is necessary.
What kind of care do children need?
As with adults, dental care for children focuses on preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Some children are especially prone to tooth decay because of diets that are heavy on sweets or poor dental hygiene. Since their teeth are still developing, they have some special needs as well:
What prevention is possible with regular dental visits?
Regular dental visits serve two important purposes – to regularly give teeth a very thorough cleaning, and to examine teeth and gums for signs of serious problems. Children can resist cavities with a good diet and proper dental hygiene. We can discuss specific methods to fight tooth decay, including fluoride treatments and special sealants for children’s permanent molars.
Why is care and prevention important for children?
Dental problems tend to get worse when left untreated. When your children see us for regular visits, small problems won’t have a chance to become major concerns. Good hygiene and dental visits are cost-effective, too. It costs much more to have teeth repaired and replaced than it does to have regular exams and cleanings.
My child can’t or won’t let a dentist get near their mouth. What can Dr. Koutsioukis do?
Fear of strangers is normal and healthy for children. You can help your child get past these common fears by bringing them to your own routine dental visit. When your child meets Dr. Koutsioukis and watches you being treated, it can make it easier for them to get comfortable with their own visit. Our whole dental team at Spyros A. Koutsioukis, D.M.D. is experienced in working with children, and we will do everything we can to put your child at ease and keep the experience stress-free. For more severe issues of dental fear and anxiety, ask us about anxiety-free or sedation dentistry specifically designed for children.