Children grow fast. As they grow, their health care needs change rapidly. That includes their oral health. From your baby’s first tooth to your teenager’s braces, it’s important to give your child the dental care they need as their mouths grow. Kayla Morton, DDS, and Trey Swinney, DDS, at Swinney Morton Dental in Tyler, Texas, provide pediatric care for kids of all ages. Schedule your child’s first appointment today online or over the phone to start establishing healthy habits early.
Your baby’s first teeth should come in at around 1 year old. By their 3rd birthday, children generally have all 20 of their baby teeth. Children lose these baby teeth between 6 and 12 as their permanent teeth emerge in their place.
All these changes mean that children have unique dental needs. Pediatric dental care at Swinney Morton Dental includes everything from dental cleanings and fillings to brushing tips and oral health education.
Swinney Morton Dental welcomes children of all ages to their office. The team works hard to make children feel comfortable and create positive experiences at the dentist.
You should take your child for their first dental visit as soon as their first tooth appears or before their 1st birthday. After their first evaluation, plan to begin scheduling regular dental visits around your child’s 3rd birthday.
Regular pediatric dental care appointments are preventive because they allow the team to prevent cavities and monitor changes as your child’s teeth come in. The team can recommend treatments, like orthodontic work or extractions, as needed to keep your child’s mouth as healthy as possible as they grow.
Many parents are nervous about their child’s first dental visit, but you can do a lot to prepare yourself and your child. Depending on their age, consider reading books about going to the dentist. You can take them for a short tour of the office or talk about your own experience going to the dentist. These steps can help them feel more at ease at the dentist’s office.
Pediatric dental visits include many of the same steps as adult visits, but they’re adjusted to match kids’ oral health needs. The Swinney Morton Dental team starts with a gentle exam of your child’s teeth and gums, doing a simple cleaning to remove plaque buildup.
The team takes X-rays to evaluate developing teeth that haven’t emerged yet. When your child approaches 5 years old, they look for signs of thumb-sucking, pacifier use, and other habits that could harm their oral health.
During each pediatric care appointment, the team talks to you and your child about proper teeth brushing habits. They’re there to answer your questions, give you tips for at-home care, and help you set your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Schedule your child’s next pediatric care appointment at Swinney Morton Dental online or over the phone today.