Children are always welcome!
We love kids. The Brandywine Smile Center and our Dentists have always seen children in the practice. We are a family friendly dental practice. We will schedule dental hygiene visits that fit into everyone’s busy schedule. Laser dentistry allows us to do many procedures on kids without the need for anesthetics or noisy dental drills. Of course the “prize basket” is the most important part of the trip! Download our TOOTHBRUSHING CHART fill it out and bring to your hygienist for a special prize!
Dental Care for Infants
Recent directives from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry have recommended that children be seen for the first dental visit by age 1.
Tooth decay is preventable and educating parents and caregivers on how to care for baby’s first teeth is the key to a lifetime of zero cavities. A study in the Journal of Pediatrics highlighted how early dental visits can actually save families money. This study showed that children who had their first visit by age 1 had 40% lower dental costs in the first 5 years than children who did not benefit from early dental visits.
Baby teeth are essential to proper childhood development. Good nutrition is related to healthy diet and proper chewing of food. Pain from tooth decay can prevent a baby from latching onto a nipple or eating properly. Untreated tooth decay can lead to infection, loss of teeth and in some very unfortunate situations even serious illness or death.
The development of proper speech is influenced by the teeth. The proper development and eruption of the permanent teeth depends on the baby teeth holding the space for them.
Another scientific paper in the journal of Pediatric Dentistry revealed that children who are not seen for their first visit until ages 2 or 3 are more likely to require fillings and emergency dental visits. Emergency dental visits for very young children are difficult for everyone.
What Happens at a year one visit?
The first visit will include a demonstration of how to provide oral care for a baby’s gums and first teeth. At that visit we will discuss the need for fluoride supplements. Children in homes with well water have different needs that those children who have community fluoridated water supplies. We provide an opportunity for questions about children’s oral care. We may place a protective varnish on those first baby teeth to help protect them from tooth decay. A visual dental exam will always be part of this visit.
If your child is still using a bottle we will talk about ways to reduce the risk of baby bottle tooth decay. Pacifier use will be reviewed. A caries risk assessment will determine how often your infant should be seen by the dental team. Most importantly, this visit will allow plenty of time for parents to ask questions about their children’s oral health.
Dentistry has come a long way. Gone are the days of only treating something only when it hurts. Dentists today are part of the entire healthcare team and by focusing on prevention we can insure children can grow up healthy and reach their full potential.
Children’s dentistry and dentistry for the entire family is available at the Brandywine Smile Center located in Glen Mills, PA serving, Glen Mills, Garnet Valley, Concordville, Chadds Ford, West Chester, Aston, Boothwyn, Brookhaven, Media, Chester Heights and the surrounding communities.