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Pediatric Dentist with a child patient.Caring for your child is a rewarding, but challenging process. When making decisions about their dental care, these challenges can be magnified.

However, one of the best things that you can do to give your child a great start in life is to take them to a pediatric dentist. The pediatric dentists employed by our team at Portland Children's Dentistry have received specialized training that helps them more effectively treat youth patients.

An Environment for Kids

From the moment you walk in, you will see that we have carefully crafted every aspect of our office to be more appealing to pediatric patients. The warm, welcoming environment helps your child be more at ease when experiencing the dentist for the first time.

The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry

The relationships that they will forge with our friendly team members will help build trust and teach them good oral hygiene habits that will benefit them for the rest of their life.

What Are the Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry?

While a general dentist can perform some procedures on children, they have not received any specialized training after dental school.

In addition, there are certain tasks that a general dentist will not be able to complete. This means that your child would potentially need to be referred to a different dental office for specialty procedures.

By establishing your child with a skilled pediatric dentist, you eliminate the chance of needing to transition them between multiple offices for various procedures. All pediatric dental procedures can be performed in our office without issue. This means that your child can remain with familiar faces when experiencing new procedures.

Common Pediatric Dental Treatments

Dental Cleanings and Check-ups

A child's dental checkup is essential. During the checkup, of our pediatric dentists in Portland will examine your child's mouth and can also perform a dental cleaning if needed. As a parent, you should take your child to the dentist as soon as they develop their first baby tooth.

Many parents do not care about baby teeth as permanent teeth will soon replace them. Nevertheless, to ensure that the baby has a solid foundation for permanent teeth, it is vital to take care of their baby teeth during their early years.

This type of preventive dentistry will ensure that your kid's teeth are cleaned and examined so that your child will have a beautiful smile. During a child's dental cleaning, the dentist will teach your little one how to clean their teeth and effectively remove plaque and debris build-up.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a compound with a long history of usage to protect and strengthen the enamel of teeth. While fluoride is found in tap water and toothpaste that has been officially approved by the American Dental Association, the best and most effective way to receive the compound is as part of a fluoride treatment.

A fluoride treatment uses a special varnish applied directly to the tooth. This is far more effective than the fluoride received from other sources. Absent fluoride treatments, most kids and teens do not receive enough fluoride.

Dental Sealants

Children love eating sweet things, which increases the risk of dental cavities. A pediatric dentist can easily help to prevent tooth decay. This may involve applying dental sealants on the chewing surfaces of the baby teeth to seal the grooves. The grooves of the teeth are good hiding places for bacteria, which increases the risk of cavities.

Tips for Parents to Promote Oral Health

Proper Oral Hygiene Practices

In addition to fluoride treatments and regular professional cleanings, your child needs good home dental care. The most basic form of care involves brushing their teeth twice per day for at least two minutes per session.
Flossing is another must of home dental care. Flossing removes built-up plaque from between your child's teeth and helps protect them from gum disease and decay.

Visit here for some brushing and flossing tips

Healthy Dietary Habits for Children

Of course, without strong baby teeth, your little one cannot easily eat solid foods. Just like with adult teeth, you need to make sure your child has healthy baby teeth so they can get the nutrients they need.

Most of the food that we intake consists of sugar, and sweets are not beneficial for our teeth. When bacteria in the mouth interact with these sugars it causes decay of the teeth and may also lead to gum disease. It is important to wipe the gums of a teething child after eating particular foods like teething crackers.

Older children should brush after eating or drinking sugary treats.

Managing Dental Anxiety in Children

Taking your child to the dentist, especially for the first time, can be a nerve-racking and stressful experience that you dread. However, this is an important developmental milestone for your child and is important to ensure that their teeth are growing as they should.

One way that our team at Portland Children's Dentistry can help alleviate the anxiety of your toddler's dental visit is through the use of a lap visit. Lap visits can help your child become familiar with our dental team and also keep them calm during the oral exam and cleaning.

When to Schedule Your Child's Dental Visit

Your child needs to see our team six months after their first tooth becomes visible or when they reach one year of age, whichever comes first.

This early dental visit is important because it allows our professionals to check on your child's oral health and provide guidance on oral hygiene for your child.

We will also check your child for any conditions that could delay their speech development, such as being tongue-tied. This condition is easily corrected with a short procedure, but catching the condition early will protect your child from developmental delays.

Taking your child to the dentist early in their life will also help create a positive association with dental care and help them develop positive oral hygiene habits. Our team strives to create a welcoming, stress-free environment for both you and your child so that oral care is a pleasant experience.

First Dental Visit - What to Expect

Your child's first dental visit is very brief. This is due to several reasons. The first is that our team will only need to complete a preliminary exam to check for normal development. They will also gently clean your child's teeth.

The other reason for keeping the visit short is to make sure your child is comfortable. A longer visit may be overwhelming, while a shorter one can allow your child to interact with us in the office and begin building trust.

Recommended Frequency of Dental Check-ups

You also need to bring your child in to see us starting around their first birthday. Following that, we will start them on the normal six-month schedule. If you have not made an appointment for your baby's first visit, call Portland Children's Dentistry at (503) 893-2889 today so we can get them on the schedule.
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