As your child grows from infancy all the way through late teen years, their smile will change, and so will their dental needs. Dr. Patrick and our knowledgeable team have the training and skills necessary to adapt and meet all those needs. No matter if you’re coming for your child’s first visit or they are getting ready to leave home for college, we can provide everything they need to have confidence in their smile.
As soon as your baby is born, you need to consider their oral care. Bacteria can still accumulate in their mouth and affect their gums, which is why we recommend using a soft cloth to massage their gums after feedings. When their first tooth erupts, it’s time to start brushing regularly. About six months after this happens, or by the time they turn one year old, you should bring your baby in for their first dental appointment. During this visit, we will make sure that they are developing properly and answer any of your questions about what to expect moving forward.
Your child should get more and more teeth as they enter their toddler years. Make the effort to establish daily oral hygiene while your child is young. That way, they are less likely to resist these habits later on and more likely to learn that they are capable of keeping their smiles healthy. During their checkups and cleanings, we’ll make their time in the chair as fun as possible, allowing them to become familiar with Dr. Patrick and the tools we use. We’ll also be sure to keep tabs on their oral development and add in dental cleanings as they become more comfortable with us.
As your child’s baby teeth come out and their permanent teeth grow in, they start the transition to the smile they will most likely have for many, many years to come. This period is critical for regular visits with Dr. Patrick because our team can closely monitor their smile and anticipate future issues. With early intervention or treatment, we may be able to resolve or reduce growth and development problems before they cause more serious complications later on.
Whether it’s through braces, routine checkups and cleanings, or emergency care for a dental injury, our team can help your teen achieve a smile that they can be proud to show. We continue to take the time to educate them on ways that they should care for their teeth and gums every day, giving them the necessary skills for a lifetime of oral health and a confident smile. Our teen patients can expect a more thorough cleaning and exams as their oral health needs start to reflect those of adults. When the time is right, we can help your teen transition to a general dentist.