Dr. Meghan Crawford and her staff at Columbia City Dental love taking care of kids and their teeth! We’re here to make your child’s early experiences at the dentist’s office pleasant and set them up for a lifetime of good oral health. Below are some of the most frequent questions Dr. Crawford gets from parents:
How do I take care of my baby's first teeth?
Use a soft piece of cloth like a cut up washcloth to gently wipe baby’s teeth at bedtime and in the morning. This will remove the biofilm (plaque) layer that accumulates on teeth.
When do I start using toothbrushes and toothpaste?
You can start gently brushing baby’s teeth with a soft-bristled brush as soon as you want to but definitely by the time your child has molars. Previous guidelines have recommended avoiding fluoride toothpaste until age 2. However, the American Dental Association now recommends using small amounts of fluoride toothpaste as soon as your child has teeth. Dr. Crawford and her staff will show you the correct amount to use depending on your child’s age. The goal is to protect teeth from decay but prevent fluorosis which is staining of teeth due to high fluoride consumption.
When should my child have their first dental appointment?
Children should have a dental check-up at one year of age or any time you have questions or concerns about your child’s dental development.
What will my child's first appoinment be like?
At Columbia City Dental, your child’s first appointment will start with introductions, a review of your child’s overall health, and a conversation about your family’s oral hygiene habits and nutrition. If your child is under age three or feels shy, you will sit on the dental chair with him/her in your lap facing you. You’ll sit knee to knee with Dr. Crawford and your child will lie across your laps. This gives the dentist a very good view of upper and lower teeth and the entire mouth. The exam is painless and is usually done with just a dental mirror. After checking everything, Dr. Crawford will show you how best to brush your child’s teeth and then apply a fluoride varnish, if recommended. Then it’s time for a hug from mom or dad and a prize from our treasure box!
What if my child is afraid of the dentist?
Sometimes children are afraid because it’s a new and different experience but often they are totally relaxed, especially if they’re accustomed to mom or dad brushing their teeth every day. The most common reason for a child to be nervous about their first appointment is because their parent is nervous for them. So, just relax and treat it as a fun and interesting experience for you and your child. If your child has had dental work done before and that left them feeling nervous about dental appointments, we will find the best way to make them comfortable at our office. We value building trust with our patients, young and old alike.
Contact us to schedule an appointment for your family today! (206) 743-8356