Dentistry for Kids
Pediatrician Anchorage, AK
Professional dentistry is an important part of maintaining excellent oral health, especially for children. At Aurora Children’s Dentistry, we pride ourselves on being a family-friendly office! We know that dentistry can be a scary thought for some kids, which is why our office is designed to make your child's visit fun, friendly, and comfortable. If your child is in need of preventive, restorative, or even cosmetic dentistry, you have come to the right place!
Your Child's First Visit
According to the American Dental Association, you should schedule your child's first appointment between the arrival of the first tooth and their first birthday. If possible, try to schedule the appointment during the morning, when children tend to be rested and cooperative. The first appointment is usually short and involves little to no treatment.
Most of the time, performs a simple exam to ensure there are no problems with your child's existing teeth. If we notice any symptoms of decay, we may recommend a quick cleaning with our dental hygienist. We will also educate you on the oral health care basics for infants and children. After their first appointment, you should schedule a checkup every six months, so we can monitor the development of the teeth, and prevent potential complications.
Infant Dental Care
The American Dental Association (ADA) states that a child should receive a professional evaluation by their first birthday, or by the time their first tooth erupts. Proper infant dental care can prevent early instances of tooth decay and gum disease. It also helps us catch and correct development issues before they cause major problems for their permanent teeth.
Lap Exam (age1-2)
We understand that taking a baby or infant to the dentist may seem like a daunting task. Between the ages of one and two, a “lap exam” is usually the best course of action. As the name suggests, you will be asked to hold your child in your lap during their appointment. This can help keep them calm and cooperative throughout the exam.
Early Childhood Cavities
An early childhood cavity is one of the most common dental problems for children under the age of six. It is also one of the most preventable. At Aurora Children’s Dentistry, we specialize in several preventive and restorative treatments that address this issue before greater complications arise.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), your child should receive their first orthodontic evaluation by the time they are seven years old.
By the age of seven, your child should have enough permanent teeth to make a proper assessment. During a consultation, will be able to identify problems that require early intervention to promote healthier tooth development.
Special Needs Dental Care
We enjoy serving the children in our community with top-notch dental care. This includes children with special health care needs (SHCN). Our office is designed to ensure that children from all walks of life receive the care they need to maintain pristine oral health. If you are the parent of a SHCN patient, you have come to the right place.
The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene for Kids
Your child's primary (baby) teeth can affect the future of their smile. Our job is to help them establish a strong oral health foundation that follows them into adulthood. Their primary teeth serve as placeholders for their permanent ones. If a primary tooth is lost prematurely, the remaining teeth may shift out of their proper position. This can lead to eruption problems with permanent teeth. Permanent teeth usually erupt between the ages of six and 12.
It is important to make sure your child has a proper oral hygiene routine, as children are particularly susceptible to tooth decay. Be sure they are brushing their teeth at least twice a day, especially after meals and before bed. They should also floss their teeth once a day to remove excess food debris and plaque.
Diet and nutrition can also affect your child's oral health. The harmful bacteria in plaque love to feed on sugars and other simple carbohydrates. Be sure to limit your child's exposure to sugary snacks and drinks. If they do need a snack, fruits and vegetables are a healthy alternative to chips, cookies, and candies.
Schedule Your Child's Appointment
If you would like to schedule your child's appointment call 907-336-1234 today!