What can parents expect when taking children to the dentist in the Rosemead area?
Dr. Brianne Luu and the staff of Gentle Care Dentistry provide patients in and around the Rosemead area with a wide selection of general and cosmetic treatments. Additionally, they work with patients of all ages, including small children. Dr. Brianne Luu and her team have worked extensively with children over the years, and encourage patients to bring their young ones in at an early age to start instilling in them the importance of quality dental care. Children should be seen by the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts, which typically occurs before the first birthday. In many cases, parents may be bringing their children in around the age of six months old for an initial examination.
However, not all parents know to bring their children in early to the dental practice. This is why a children’s dentist will speak with parents to help them understand what they can expect during their child’s first dental visit. This will vary greatly depending on the child’s age.
When children see the dentist during infancy, they will have a quick physical examination of the smile. This is also a wonderful time for parents to ask questions about their child’s dental care. There are many ways in which parents can help reduce the risk of childhood caries, and this includes feeding their child a proper diet, cleaning the gums and teeth after meals, and never sending their child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. This can encourage better dental health throughout the years.
Older children may be more apprehensive about visiting the dentist for the first time. We encourage parents to talk positively about dental care around their children to avoid instilling a sense of fear about seeing the dentist. Older children will have a thorough physical evaluation completed as well as x-rays, and many will receive a professional cleaning and dental sealants for better dental health and wellness. Children can be educated on the best ways to brush and floss their teeth, and will learn the importance of visiting regularly. Parents should schedule a dental appointment for their children at least twice a year.