Dentistry for Kids
We will be the first ones to admit that going to the dentist may not be the highlight of your day. Dentophobia – the fear of dentists and going to the dentist – is a very valid concern. However, if you are nervous about seeing us, please consider your little ones for a moment. For children who have never been to the dentist before, our office can be a new and scary place.
On the other hand, it can also be an exciting new adventure for your child. Choosing us here at Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC as your child’s dentist can not only keep them on a path of healthy teeth for the rest of their life, it can also help them forge a strong relationship with us to break the cycle of needless fear of going to the dentist.
Preparing Your Child for a Dental Appointment
Going to the dentist does not have to be scary at all. If you help prepare your child in advance of their appointment, it can be a fun experience for them! We have not only the skill and the experience to help your child have a healthy smile, but we are also gentle and compassionate, taking all of the anxiety (for both you and your little one!) out of the appointment.
Many people mistakenly believe that taking their children to the dentist is unnecessary, as their child’s primary teeth will eventually fall out anyway. That could not be further from the truth. While your kid’s baby teeth will start to fall out, they will quickly be replaced by their permanent teeth as early as age six. Tooth decay in childhood can cause lasting and negative effects on their oral, and general, health later in life.
Regular dental checkups can not only help your child have teeth that are healthy and strong; it can also help check for any problems that may develop in your child’s mouth. This includes issues with their bite and dental alignment. Not only are these problems cosmetic, but they may also negatively affect their growth and development. Dental issues may lead to speech impediments or difficulty learning how to eat or chew. Detecting and correcting them early is essential to ensure your child’s best quality of life.
We can also show your child how to develop good oral hygiene habits. While you can also work on these abilities at home, we can also show them how to properly brush and floss. Sometimes problems with gum disease can arise in children, and we can catch it early to prevent health issues and tooth loss. All in all, teaching your child good habits and taking them in to see us every six months for a checkup and a cleaning can be one of the best gifts you can give them.
We Can Help!
Before your child’s appointment, talk to them to help ease any worries they may have about coming to see us. Allow them to ask questions and help put their little minds at ease. As your child’s appointment date comes closer, talk about their upcoming appointment with enthusiasm to help them feel eager to see us. Moreover, when you finally do bring them in, you can trust that we will address them with warmth and kindness and empathy.
To learn more about dentistry for kids, or to set up an appointment with us here at Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC for yourself or your child, please give us a call at 503-620-2020 today!