The American Academies of Pediatric Dentistry and Pediatrics recommend children should visit the dentist within 6 months of the first tooth erupting, no later than 12 months of age. Early preventative care gives kids the best chance at being cavity-free. Studies have shown that compared to kids that started dental care at age 1, those that started later ended up with more expenses and required more treatment.
All children should have preventative care appointments, including an exam, cleaning, fluoride treatment and if needed, x-rays. Doing this twice a year is recommended, although some children who are at a higher risk for cavities may need to come every three months to stay healthy. At these visits, our doctor can monitor any changes in your child’s oral health and diet and be able to make recommendations for any treatment needs. Our goal is to provide individualized guidance and support, to help your child have great oral health for a lifetime.
Our office uses Digital Radiography. The benefit of digital radiography is that it reduces radiation exposure 80-90% compared to traditional radiograph which means less exposure and less risk.
GPD encourages families to focus on preventive oral care so we can avoid issues that require more invasive treatment. However, things happen: decay can occur despite proper hygiene, teeth break or get knocked out, and pediatric restorative dentistry becomes necessary.
Children are calm and comfortable in our pediatric dental office! For those children that might feel anxious during treatment and need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable we offer the following treatment methods: