If you asked most of our Oregon City dental staff the reason they started in dentistry, they would all probably tell you it was because of their love of working with children.
We take great pride in handling your child’s oral health care and monitoring the growth of their baby and permanent teeth! Our gentle and friendly staff is trained to handle all aspects of your child’s dental care and treats dental problems as soon as they arise. We even have a special section of our office known as the “kids’ corner,” where parents can entertain their children during their dental visits.
When to Visit a Dentist?
A benchmark in parenting is seeing your child’s first tooth break the surface. But what happens after that? We recommend that you bring your child to the dentist shortly after their first tooth appears or by the age of 2.
These early visits are usually done in the comfort of the parent’s lap. During those first few visits, we’ll give your child a simple review to make sure their baby teeth are developing properly. We’ll sit them in the chair and let them play with the air and water hoses. The goal is not only to monitor their oral health but also to get them familiar and comfortable with a dental office. Dental fear is a rampant problem in our country, and it prompts people to skip regular dental visits or swear off the dentist altogether. By getting your child comfortable with our office, we can give them a positive and enjoyable perception of the dentist!
How Will We Treat Your Child?
The first few years of your child’s dental visits will be spent monitoring their tooth development and checking for any irregularities in the mouth. We start cleanings by the age of three years. We will polish the teeth to remove plaque. Our hygienists and assistants are extremely gentle, and most of them are mothers and know how to make your precious children comfortable.
Even though baby teeth fall out, they are just as important as adult teeth. They aid in chewing and speaking and they serve as placeholders for your child’s permanent teeth. Baby teeth are just as susceptible to cavities as permanent teeth. In fact, about 50 percent of children in America have a cavity by the time they are 5 years old. Early tooth loss for kids can actually cause the adult teeth to wander and cause crowding or large gaps.
We’ll continue to monitor your child’s tooth development and recommend necessary treatment, whether it’s preventative or setting up orthodontic treatment. We offer fluoride treatments to help in the prevention of cavities and we also provide dental sealants. Dental sealants are typically placed on permanent molars and premolars. By placing a sealant on the molars and premolars, we can stop cavity-causing plaque and acids from reaching the tiny crevices in your tooth.
We have monthly prize drawings for children who are cavity free between dental checkups. Every child leaves with a personal home care kit and a prize from the treasure drawer.
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