Building Foundations for the Future
When teaching children, it’s essential to lead by example. When teaching them to care for their health, it’s even more vital. That’s why our Brooklyn dentist, Dr. Aimee Kraft, recommends bringing your little one in for a visit as soon as their first tooth erupts. This allows them to grow comfortable with their dentist and build a strong foundation for their oral health that’ll continue when their adult teeth come in.
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is a field of dentistry that focuses on preventative dental care and treatment for children. Dr. Aimee Kraft enjoys seeing patients of all ages, and she and her team are happy to provide pediatric dental services in Brooklyn. A lifetime of oral health begins at a young age.
Why is Pediatric Dentistry Important?
Providing a good foundation for your child’s dental care can help them experience fewer dental issues as they get older. The sooner children begin getting regular dental check-ups, the healthier their mouths will be. Children with healthy teeth learn to speak more clearly, chew their food more easily, and smile with more confidence.
Early dental visits can help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to other health problems. Plus, when children have positive experiences at the dentist’s office at an early age, they won’t dread their check-ups as they get older.
What is a Child’s First Dental Visit Like?
The American Dental Association recommends scheduling your child’s first dental appointment when their first tooth appears or by their first birthday. However, some parents choose to wait until a few more teeth have emerged. Making an early appointment is a great way to get your child used to dental visits and ease any potential anxiety.
Typically, Dr. Kraft will check your child’s jaw, teeth, and gums for proper development, cavities, and other issues. If your child has enough teeth, the hygienist will clean their teeth and offer education on proper brushing and flossing skills. Dr. Kraft will also answer any questions you may have on how to keep your child’s mouth healthy.
As a family and pediatric dentist, Dr. Aimee Kraft cares for patients of all ages. She is proud to provide preventive care for children, including:
- Routine cleanings
- Dental exams
- Diagnose and fill cavities in baby and adult teeth
- Administer sealants to reduce the risk of cavities
- Extract teeth when necessary
- Mouth guards
Schedule Your Pediatric Dentistry Appointment with Dr. Kraft
Whether you’re ready to make your child’s first dental appointment or you’ve got an older child who could use a dental exam, Dr. Kraft would love to meet your family. Call our office at (740) 546-5178 or fill out our convenient online form and make an appointment today.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should children start seeing a dentist?
The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry states that the first dental visit should either be by the first birthday or the eruption of the first tooth.
How often should children see a dentist?
Children should see Dr. Kraft for cleanings and routine dental checkups once every six months. Children should also see Dr. Kraft and when they experience pain or any other problems with their teeth that may require treatment.
What can be done if your child is afraid of dental visits?
Some children may be frightened at their first dental visit. Dr. Kraft has experience putting children at ease while in her care. If the child is frightened about a procedure, Dr. Kraft may recommend sedation and/or anesthesia to keep the child calm and comfortable.