Children's Dentistry in Weston, FL
Starting good oral health early in your children is incredibly important for the long-term maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. By teaching your child early, you can provide them with the knowledge and education they need to prevent decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. Our children’s dentist Dr. Kathleen Valencia has been providing comprehensive pediatric dentistry to children and teens here in Weston, FL for many years. Have questions about children’s dentistry? You’ve come to the right place!
When Should You Schedule Your Child’s First Appointment?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should schedule your child’s first dental visit by the time they turn one-year-old, or about six months after their first tooth erupts. Your child’s first visit is really about getting them comfortable and familiar with visiting the dentist.
The sooner we make this transition the easier it will be to start bringing your child in regularly for dental visits. Also making sure that you and the rest of your family are keeping up with your regular six-month checkups will show your children just how important it is to keep smiles healthy. If you’re making your oral health a priority it will be easier for them to, as well.
During your child’s first visit we will really get to know you and your child. We will go through your child’s medical history and answer any questions you may have about caring for your child’s smile. We will also take a quick peek at their teeth and gums to make sure that everything looks healthy. If there is plaque or tartar buildup, we will need to clean the teeth.
Why Should You Turn to a Children’s Dentist?
Your child has different needs when it comes to dental care, as compared to teens, adults, or seniors. While a dentist may recognize these differences, only a pediatric dentist who has received specialized training will be able to accommodate and provide the unique care your child needs. Here at Kathleen Valencia Orthodontics, we have a whole team of highly trained, friendly professionals who are ready to welcome your little one. A children’s dentist also knows the importance of a gentle touch when it comes to dental care.
How Should You Care for Your Child’s Smile?
While your child won’t start using fluoride toothpaste until around 3 years old, you must be still brushing their teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush that is age-appropriate and flossing their teeth once your child has two teeth that erupt next to each other. Before your baby’s teeth erupt you should clean their gums with a clean, damp cloth after feedings.
Once your child starts using fluoride toothpaste, they will only need a pea-sized amount. While you may want your child to take over brushing and flossing their teeth themselves, they will need help and supervision until about 8 years old, after which they should be able to brush and floss on their own.
Find out for yourself why Dr. Valencia and her team have over forty 5-star reviews from families and individuals living in Weston, FL. Your child’s oral health is our top priority.