Care for Children of All Ages
Expert Children’s Dentistry in National City
At NexGen Dentistry, Dr. Yavari provides expert dental care for patients of all ages, including kids. Wondering what to expect from your child’s first visit at our office? Find out more below, or contact us now to schedule an appointment for your little one in National City.
Starting Great Dental Care Early
When Should My Child See the Dentist for the First Time?
The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) currently recommends that kids see the dentist at the age of 1, or whenever their first tooth erupts. Early dental care is the best way to prevent common issues like tooth decay, and recognize any signs of developmental issues in their oral health. This gives you peace of mind, since you’ll know that your child’s smile is healthy and in good hands.
Creating Positive Memories and Comfortable Visits
The Importance of Establishing a Dental Home
A “dental home” is the dental office where your child receives most of their regular dental care as they grow. Establishing a dental home at NexGen dentistry has a number of benefits. First, your child will become familiar with the process of going to the dentist, and with our team members taking care of their smile. This means they’ll be less anxious and more comfortable with going to the dentist in the future.
Dr. Yavari can also learn more about the unique challenges that face your child’s oral health, and provide personalized care for a better outcome. By seeing a dentist regularly from a very young age, you can ensure your child’s smile stays strong as they grow, and that they develop great lifelong oral health habits.
Keeping Appointments Informative and Fun
What to Expect at Our Office
If your child is between 1-2 years old and only has some of their baby teeth, you’ll simply hold them on your lap while Dr. Yavari cleans and inspects their gums and teeth. Then, she’ll discuss your child’s oral health with you and answer any questions you may have about their smile.
For kids who are 2-3 years of age or older, and have all of their baby teeth, you can expect a standard teeth cleaning and oral exam, just like an adult would get. One of our hygienists will remove plaque and tartar from their teeth, buff their teeth with a high-powered toothbrush, and floss their teeth. Then, Dr. Yavari will perform a comprehensive oral exam. X-rays may be recommended if Dr. Yavari thinks they’re necessary and you approve.
Encouraging Happy, Healthy Smiles
At-Home Care Tips for Kids
The most important thing you can do is brush your child’s teeth twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste. You should floss their teeth at least once per day, as well. Kids can usually start brushing on their own at about the age of 6, while they may not be able to learn to floss on their own until the age of about 10.
In addition, maintain a healthy diet low in sugary foods and drinks to help prevent tooth decay and keep their smiles strong. And don’t forget to schedule a six-month teeth cleaning and oral exam with Dr. Yavari.