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Dentistry for Kids

Dentistry for Kids

According to The American Dental Association, a child’s first dental exam should happen soon after the first baby tooth comes in or by the time the child turns one year old.

Even though baby’s first teeth are temporary, getting an early start on excellent dental hygiene practices will help your child enjoy good oral health for life.

At Family Tree dental, we partner with you in the care and development of your child’s teeth from infancy to adolescence. Fostering trust with children at an early age while helping them develop excellent at-home oral-hygiene habits is our primary goal. We do this through sharing a wealth of educational information with you while performing regular checkups, cleanings, and treatments in our comfortable and fun dental environment.

Starting regular checkups early in your child’s life allow us to catch decay and signs of gum disease before they become serious, so we can correct any underlying hygiene issues and prevent problems. As your child grows, we can provide treatments such as sealants to protect new, vulnerable permanent teeth from decay as well as mouthguards to protect the teeth of your budding sports enthusiast. We can also identify and address potential orthodontic problems before they evolve into bigger money- and time-consuming issues.

To find out more about how early dental exams and checkups can improve your child’s oral health for years to come, contact your Marietta dentist and schedule an appointment today.

Dental Milestones for Children

Teething – Between 3 and 6 Months

Your baby’s teeth are coming and they may begin to show it! All babes are different and the exact time their first teeth come in may vary. Your child will start drooling more, chewing on things, and may even have trouble sleeping. Provide teething toys to soothe their discomfort. After each meal, use a damp washcloth to clean your baby’s gums.

First Full Set – From 1 to 3 Years

By their first birthday, most babies will have their first front teeth coming in, followed by their molars. Their molars are bigger, so this will be more painful than their first teeth.This time period is perfect for your child’s first visit to the dentist, best as soon as the first tooth appears!

Loss of Baby Teeth – From 6 to 12 Years

Around this time, the tooth fairy will start to make frequent visits. Though the exact age when kids start to lose their teeth varies, it should never be forced by pulling on the tooth. Instead, wiggle it gently with freshly washed hands or a tissue and allow it to fall out when it is ready. Yanking out a loose tooth can cause damage to their gums, unnecessary pain and bleeding, and can even damage their adult teeth coming in.

Full Adult – Teenage Years

The average teenager has their full set of adult teeth around the age of 13, minus wisdom teeth.  By now, proper hygiene practices should be followed daily, as these are the teeth for the rest of their lives.

Wisdom Teeth – From 17 to 25 Years

The last teeth to emerge are some of the more problematic ones. Your child can develop between 0 and 4 extra molars and depending on their angle and positioning, some dentists may recommend a removal to prevent future issues.

We’re Here to Help You

We are committed to meeting all of your dental needs with the highest quality service. Contact the nearest Family Tree Dental location to take the first steps towards your brightest smile.

Rosemar Has Relocated!

Our new office is now located at 3 Rosemar Circle Suite A Parkersburg, WV 26104 – (about .25 miles from our old location).

We look forward to serving you in our new, updated location!