Some patients believe dental visits aren’t as important for their children because their baby teeth will fall out anyway. While it’s true baby teeth will soon be replaced by permanent adult teeth, pediatric dentistry is still incredibly important. In addition to having your child visit our McKinney, TX dental office, you should also teach them healthy oral hygiene habits.
At Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to provide our patients with the best dental services possible. We also understand that patients of all ages need these services. This is why we provide pediatric dentistry in McKinney, TX.
Before you call and set up an appointment with our orthodontics and pediatric dental care office, let us explain why children’s dentistry is so important.
Good Oral Hygiene Practices
Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, begin erupting through the gums around the age of six months. Once this begins it won’t stop until every last tooth has broken through. By the time your child turns 3, they should have a mouth full of teeth. This makes the development of good oral hygiene practices incredibly important.
Teaching your child basic oral hygiene practices, like brushing and flossing, can help get them develop a good routine for the rest of their life. This is also a good period of their life to get them eating a well-balanced diet and limit sugary treats. This can help prevent their baby teeth from developing cavities and help them to develop good eating habits that will pay off later in life.
Developing a dental home and a strong relationship between the child, family and pediatric dentist is also extremely important. When a child can comfortably say that they may need to go visit the dentist, it sets a precedent of trust and strong oral habits. Often what can inhibit this though is a lack of education and understanding both on the child side and the parents. Parents often don’t really understand the nuances of pediatric dentistry and how they differ from general dentistry. Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry, one of our board certified pediatric dentist colleagues and friends, has a page they compiled that walks you through pretty much everything you need to know about understanding pediatric dentistry.
Pediatric Dentistry Needs
Your role as a parent is important to the health of your child’s teeth, no doubt about it. But the role of the dentist is equally important. Pediatric dentistry is one of the most rewarding parts of being a dentist and orthodontist, and Dr. Dan Gehani loves providing McKinney residents and their children with the best dental care services. Some of the pediatric dentistry services we offer are:
- Dental care for your baby (as soon as the first tooth erupts)
- Dental sealant for cavity prevention
- Dental care for children ages 6-12
Additionally, as your child grows, we will have the ability to assess the development of your child’s teeth to see if orthodontic treatment is necessary. Since we are an orthodontics and pediatric dental office, we are able to help your child throughout their childhood to attain the straightest and brightest smile possible.
Contact Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Today!
If your child has had their first baby tooth break through, it is recommended you begin scheduling pediatric dentistry appointments for them every six months with Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry. This will help us track the development of your child’s teeth and help correct any issues before they become serious later in life.
You can contact our McKinney, TX office here or call us at 972.547.4443 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dan.