A key component of children’s dentistry is child psychology. At Marion Dental Associates, our entire staff is trained to create a friendly, fun, social atmosphere for visiting children, and always avoid threatening words like “drill,” “needle,” and “injection.” Dental phobias beginning in childhood often continue into adulthood, so we feel it is vitally important that children have a positive, comfortable experience as early and as often as possible.
As dentists, we fulfill many important functions pertaining to a child’s overall oral health and hygiene, from infancy through adolescence.
With toddlers, we place particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of deciduous (baby) teeth, which are instrumental in facilitating good chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.
As children grow older, we help educate your child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology – all to emphasize the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy. Education includes the parents, and we advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.
Monitoring growth. By continuously tracking growth and development, we can anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen. We find that working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves a child’s self-esteem and helps foster a positive self-image.
Prevention. We help reduce the chances of later tooth decay by helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits. In addition to providing checkups and dental cleanings, we are also able to apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, advise parents on thumb- sucking/pacifier/smoking cessation, and provide good demonstrations of brushing and flossing.
Intervention. When warranted, we may ask to discuss the possibility of early oral treatments with parents. In the case of oral injury, malocclusion (bad bite), or bruxism (grinding), a variety of remedies such as braces, space maintainers, nighttime mouth guards or reconstructive surgery may be reviewed with parents.
If you have questions or concerns about children’s dentistry, please contact our office.
Some frequently asked questions we can answer for you include:
- How Often Should Children Have Dental Checkups?
- How Can I Help My Child Prevent Cavities?
- Can Pacifiers, Sippy Cups or Thumb Sucking Damage Young Teeth?
- What is Pulp Therapy?
- What’s the Best Toothpaste for My Child?
- When Should Children Have Their First Dental Visit?
- When Will My Baby Start Getting Teeth?
- Why Are Primary Teeth Important?
- Why Does My Child Grind His or Her Teeth at Night?