Early Dental Care

Group_Kids_3.jpgPromoting a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles for Your Children

At Dentistry for Children, we believe that early dental care is vital for a lifetime of healthy smiles for your child. Our goal is to provide a pleasant experience for your child each time they visit our office. We believe that tooth decay can be prevented in most cases by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly. Please read through the information below to learn more about how you can help establish good dental hygiene for your child.

Your Child's First Dental Visit

It is important that your child have their first dental visit scheduled by their first birthday, as many of their primary teeth will have started to erupt. The most important part of this visit is allowing your child to become familiar with Dr. Schreiber and Dr. Cumbus, as well as the rest of our team and office. We want your child to feel comfortable and at ease each time they visit, which is why we strive to provide a fun and comfortable environment. During the exam, sitting in a parent's lap can help children feel more at ease and less anxious. We always encourage children and parents to discuss any fears or anxiety.

A Well-Balanced Diet Leads to Healthy Teeth

The teeth, bones and soft tissue of the mouth all require a healthy, balanced diet in order to stay strong. A variety of food from the five food groups helps in minimizing, and avoiding, cavities as well as other common dental problems. Sugary kids' snacks should be limited and replaced with healthy foods that promote strong teeth. Be choosy when snacking.

Do's
Cheerios
Goldfish (Whole Grain)
Crackers
Pretzels
Popcorn
Fresh fruit
Canned fruit in natural juices
Milk
Water
Vegetables
Low-fat cheese
Low-fat yogurt

Dont's
Fruit Roll-Ups/gummy snacks
Candy coated fruit
Popcorn
Cookies
Candy
Canned fruit in heavy syrup
Popsicles
Sodas
Capri Suns/Juice
Kool-Aid
Gatorade/PowerAde
Flavored Milk

The Importance of Primary (Baby) Teeth

Primary teeth, or baby teeth, are important for many reasons. Though these teeth will fall out to make room for permanent teeth, it is still important to take care of them. Healthy baby teeth allow for clear pronunciation and good speech habits, as well as boost your child's self-confidence. Unhealthy baby teeth and gums can lead to pain, infection and loss of function. This can affect learning, communication, nutrition and other activities necessary for normal growth and development.

Schedule Your Child's First Visit Today

Contact us at our Montgomery, Alabama office today to schedule a dental appointment for your child. Our friendly staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have and work with you to find an appointment time that works.