Caring for Baby Teeth
At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we welcome patients of all ages to our practice. We especially enjoy our smallest patients because we understand the importance of building great relationships with children so they can have future success at the dental office. We like to see children around their first birthday for their first dental checkup. Your premiere children's dentist in Fayetteville, AR discusses caring for baby teeth.
The First Visit
Our first visit with your child is mostly just spent acclimating them to our office and the instruments we use. We'll take a ride in the "big chair," count their teeth, and basically get an idea of what's going on with their oral development. As your child gets older we'll begin to clean their teeth and educate them about their oral health. The most important thing is that we'll keep every appointment fun and pleasant for your child. We encourage parents to bring their little ones to their own dental appointments so they can see that dental visits aren't scary.
You might wonder why it's so important to take care of your child's baby teeth when they'll be falling out in few years anyway. Baby teeth actually have a few jobs to do during their time in your child's mouth. First, they help your child learn the ins and outs of solid foods and how to eat them. They also help your child learn how to make sounds, form words, and speak. Probably their most important job is to hold space and guide adult teeth into place when it's time. So it is very important to start brushing your child's teeth as soon as they arrive and keep them as clean and healthy as possible.
More Services for Your Child in Fayetteville AR
At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we offer advanced services for children such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants that are designed to strengthen and protect small teeth. If your child participates in sports we're also happy to discuss protective wear such as a mouth guard for their teeth and mouth. Contact our office today to learn more and schedule your child's next appointment.