Waverly Pediatric Dentist in Waverly
From first haircuts to first trips to the beach and other big milestones, your child’s days are full of new experiences right now. Positive experiences can shape the way she’ll feel about certain things for the rest of her life -- and that includes her first few visits to the dentist’s office. Did you know one of the most common reasons adults fear the dentist is due to childhood trauma? Make sure your little one gets started off on the right foot with friendly, excellent dental care. Visit Dr. Jonathan Smiley, the dentist providing pediatric care in Waverly, IA!
When to Begin Dental Care
At Smiley Family Dentistry, we begin seeing children around age two. It’s a simple get-to-know-you visit that is great for introducing your little one to the sights, sounds, and friendly faces of the dental office.
Think two years old is a little early for a visit to the dentist? Those first teeth seem perfect -- but they are as vulnerable to decay as your own. In fact, given the high sugar content in milk, juice, and other favorite foods and beverages, children’s teeth require special attention for guarding against tooth decay.
Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
When you bring your little one into our office for her first visit, we’ll check her teeth and gums for evidence of baby bottle tooth decay. It occurs when the sugars in milk, formula, juices, and sugary beverages are allowed to linger on the surface of the child’s teeth. Prevention is important to aid in the proper development of her primary teeth.
To keep your child’s teeth safe from baby bottle tooth decay, keep the following tips in mind.
- Never put your child to sleep with a bottle
- Only fill bottles with milk, formula, or water
- Clean your baby’s teeth and gums with a washcloth after feeding
- Begin brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they erupt
Your child’s first visits to the dentist are also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have related to your child’s dental health. Questions may include tips for preventing baby bottle tooth decay, cleaning your child’s teeth, potential orthodontic issues, and more.
Cavity Prevention for Older Children
Children’s teeth are most vulnerable to tooth decay between ages six and 14. To help combat cavities, your pediatric dentist is equipped with two special preventive measures: dental sealants and fluoride treatments.
Dental sealants are thin, translucent shields that are painted directly onto the chewing surface of the back teeth. Molars are covered in pits and fissures that make it easy for plaque and food particles to build up, which makes it easy for cavities to develop. Dental sealants are a quick, painless procedure that “seal out” the bad stuff, leaving your child’s teeth protected from decay for years to come.
The mineral fluoride strengthens tooth enamel for extra protection against cavities. Fluoride is found in tap water, children’s toothpastes, and more. Dr. Smiley can evaluate your child’s need for a fluoride treatment and apply one after her checkup and cleaning.
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment Today!
When was your little one’s last visit to the dentist? Preventive care is important for setting her on the road to enjoying a happy, healthy smile for life. Our team takes a warm, friendly approach with our littlest patients, so they’re sure to want to come back again and again. Contact Smiley Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment with the children’s dentist in Waverly IA today!