Dentistry for Children
We are focused on your child's dental care and their dental experience
We stress the importance of educating children early in the proper methods of dental hygiene and developing a comfortable trusted dental relationship that will serve them well throughout their lives.
In most cases, we can provide all of your children’s dental care. We carefully nurture a child’s natural curiosity which helps to teach them the importance of taking care of their teeth. This allows your child to become comfortable with a visit to the dentist and paves the way for a lifetime of excellent oral health. Our goal is to prevent future dental problems through simple treatments including regular fluoride rinses and sealants. Our practice prides itself on the gentle and nurturing care that we provide to our office’s youngest visitors. When necessary, we will make the appropriate referrals to top-notch pediatric dentists.
Your child's first dental visit
Your child's first routine visit is usually scheduled after their third birthday. But please keep in mind that no child is too young for a first dental visit if you see a problem or have a question. During your child’s first routine examination we will gently examine his or her teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken in order to reveal any decay and check on the progress of the teeth that are still forming. We may also clean his or her teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect them from decay.
Children continually get new teeth from age 3 months to the age 6 years. Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3 years old. As a child nears the age 6, the jaw grows making room for the permanent teeth. At the same time, the roots of the baby teeth begin to be absorbed by the tissues around them and the permanent teeth under them begin to erupt.
From the age 6 to 12 a child will be losing baby teeth and getting their permanent adult teeth. By the time a child reaches age 21 years, all 32 permanent teeth will usually have erupted.
Preventative dental checkups can help with the detection of oral health problems long before the onset of symptoms. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your family dentist for a checkup a minimum of two times each year. Such checkups provide routine or deep cleanings to eliminate plaque buildup and prevent tooth decay. If necessary, we provide fluoride treatments to help coat the teeth, a procedure also important in the prevention of tooth decay.
Call a New Haven Dental Group dentist office now, we look forward to caring for you very well!