Dr. Wood and Dr. Chen and their fantastic staff are proud to provide a comprehensive range of dentistry treatments and procedures to patients of all ages. If you are looking for a Cypress dentist your whole family will love going to, we welcome you to our family dentistry practice where we’re passionate about helping kids, teens and adults achieve and maintain optimal oral health!
Your Child’s First Visit
Your child’s first regular dental visit or “happy visit” as we call it, should take place at around the age of 3. This first visit, which is typically short, is designed mainly to make your child feel safe and comfortable with our office, doctor and staff. You may be asked to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during part of the visit. We may also suggest that you wait in the reception area for part of the visit so that a trusting relationship can develop between your child and the dentist.
During this appointment, Drs. Wood or Chen will examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken to look for any decay and to see how the permanent teeth are positioned under the gums. Our hygienist may clean your child’s teeth and apply a topical fluoride. You can expect us to go over some brushing and flossing techniques with you so you can keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy.
Preparing For The Happy Visit
Many parents ask us what they should tell their children about their first visit to the dentist. The best approach to take is to speak positively about your child’s first dental visit. Tell your child the dentist is their friend who will be helping keep his/her teeth beautiful and healthy. You may be surprised to find out that your child has a positive reaction to this important dental visit!
We Focus on Preventative Dental Care
Even though tooth decay is very prevalent in children, there are many ways to prevent your child from getting tooth decay. We offer dental sealants which are designed to protect the teeth from decay. These sealants are fast and easy to apply to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Dental sealants help ward off decay by sealing the tiny cracks and crevices on the tooth surfaces where harmful bacteria can hide. This is just one of the ways we can help set a strong foundation of preventative dental care so your child can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles!
When it comes to causing cavities, the main culprits are sugary foods and inefficient brushing. Limiting the amount of sugary foods your child eats and making sure he or she is brushing well can help prevent cavities. Every time we eat something, a chemical reaction occurs in the mouth that lasts for about 20 minutes. This acidic environment can slowly destroy the structure of teeth which can lead to the development of cavities.
Tips for cavity prevention
The following tips can help prevent the development of cavities.
- Limit how many between meal snacks you allow your child to eat
- Encourage your child to brush, floss and rinse well
- Instead of sugary sodas and acidic juices, provide your child with plenty of fresh water to drink
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods that cling to the teeth
- Make treats a part of meals
- Choose nutritious snacks like fruit, fresh vegetables, yogurt and cheese
The Development of Your Child’s Teeth
The first primary (baby) teeth to come in are the two bottom front teeth between the ages of 6 and 8 months. Then the four upper front teeth emerge through the gums. The rest of your baby’s teeth will typically appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until about the age of 2 ½ years of age at which time your child should have all his or her primary teeth. Then between the ages of 5 and 6, the first permanent (adult) teeth will start to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace primary teeth and some don’t.
Your child’s primary teeth are very important. These first teeth hold space for the permanent teeth and they help your child chew, bite and speak. They also are important for appearance and good self-esteem. For these reasons, it is very important to provide your child with a nutritious diet full of healthy foods and see to it that he or she practices good oral hygiene to keep these teeth healthy.
Schedule Your Child’s Happy Visit Today
If it’s time for your child’s first dental visit, please schedule an appointment with us today. We love providing dental care to children and truly enjoy meeting our youngest patients for the first time! Drs. Wood and Chen and their friendly staff will make sure your child feels safe and secure. If you have any questions about how to care for your child’s teeth, please contact us as we’re always happy to speak with you. We look forward to seeing you and your child soon and welcoming you to our family dentistry practice where we give our patients many good reasons to smile!