Ages and Stages
We’re proud to offer services for all ages. With our highly experienced staff we’re often able to schedule multiple appointments for family members at the same time, saving you time. Our early morning appointments work well for school aged children.
Pre-Birth/Pregnancy: As many as 70% of women have some form of gum disease during pregnancy. It is especially important to maintain regular hygiene visits during pregnancy so that we can help control plaque, which is the main cause of gum disease. During pregnancy we recommend a hygiene appointment every 6 months. Be sure to let us know if you’re pregnant so we can make appropriate recommendations.
Birth to 2 years: Monitor your child’s gums and teeth and make sure to wipe your babies’ teeth with a cloth to clean them regularly. If you notice any darkening of the teeth then it is time to call us. We generally recommend seeing your child by two years of age.
Ages 2 to 3 years: We offer FREE screening appointments for children age 0 to 3 years. Around age two schedule your child’s first visit. We will complete a routine check, familiarize them with the process and make recommendations going forward. Prior to their first appointment you may wish to introduce them to the idea through various books such as, “Show Me Your Smile!”.
Ages 4 to 6 years: We recommend seeing your child every 6 months for hygiene appointments during this time as children often have difficulty brushing. We encourage parents to brush and floss after your children have brushed each night. We will teach preventive care to your child and continue to monitor for any issues, making recommendations accordingly. In particular cases we may recommend dental sealants, which are easily applied in the office to help “seal out” plaque and food.
Ages 6 to 13 years: Parents should continue to brush after their children brush until they are able to reach all areas on their own, usually around age 6 or 7 (but possibly as late as age 9 to 11, depending on maturity and dexterity levels.) You will need to continue to help them floss until around age 10 or 11. Hygiene appointments are encouraged every 6 months. This is important as their permanent teeth start erupting. Sometime around age 6 or 7 we will take digital x-rays of your child’s mouth and will be checking for bite issues.
Ages 14+: At 14 years of age your teen’s visit is treated the same as a regular adult visit.
Emergencies Happen: Kids will be kids and we often see dental injuries related to sports. If your child looses a permanent tooth for a traumatic injury, simply place the tooth in a container filled with either milk or the child’s saliva and call our office at (770) 496-0496 for an emergency appointment.