You can make sure they’re ready the same way you would be before their first haircut or a checkup to the doctor’s office! Going to see the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary experience, and our doctors and staff are very experienced in making children feel safe and comfortable in the dentist’s chair.

What Happens on Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist?

The first dental appointment is often just a short evaluation of your child’s teeth and gums. We may take some X-rays to see how their teeth are growing in below the gumline, but you can usually expect a quick visit where your child can meet and start forming a bond with their dentist.

We will be sure to: 

  • Examine their mouth, teeth, and gums
  • Evaluate bad habits, like thumb sucking
  • Check to see if they need fluoride treatment
  • Teach children about proper dental hygiene
  • Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits

Need some more tips for your child’s first visit? We recommend taking them for a preview of the office. Our staff is always willing to give them a quick tour to help them get familiar with us!

You can also review with them what their dentist will be doing during the visit, speak positively about your own experiences at the dentist, and even read a book or two about going to the dentist together. We’ll do everything we can to make sure your children are comfortable!

How Your Children’s Teeth Develop

Taking your children to the dentist on a regular basis, and from an early age, is important to their relatively fast dental development.

The first baby teeth that come out (erupt) from the gumline are the two bottom front teeth, at about 6-8 months old. Next are 4 upper front teeth, and the rest will usually come in pairs until about 2 ½ years old. They should have all 20 teeth by that time.

Between ages 5-6, the first permanent teeth begin to erupt. Some replace the baby teeth, and some don’t. But just remember, it’s alright if some teeth come in a few months early or late. All children are different and may develop a bit differently.

Baby teeth hold space for permanent teeth, but they’re just as important for chewing, biting, speech, and the look of their smile! Which is why maintaining a healthy diet and daily oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) is key for children and adults of any age.

What is Preventative Care for Children?

Children are most likely to develop tooth decay between age 6-11, but really, anyone can get cavities. At our office, we’re committed to all aspects of preventative care, especially for children.

Dental Sealants

At Evans Family Dental, we offer dental sealants, which are well-equipped to protect your child’s teeth. Sealants do exactly what their name suggests. They’re made of a plastic material that coats the chewing surfaces of teeth. This prevents bacteria and food particles from entering the deep grooves of their teeth and from creating corrosive tooth decay.

But this is just one of the ways we can set the stage for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.

What Causes Cavities?

Most of the time, cavities are caused by regularly eating sugary foods and not brushing your teeth thoroughly. The most basic way you can prevent this is by brushing well and limiting a sugary diet.

Sugar creates an acid reaction in the mouth for about 20 minutes. That acidic state stains teeth and begins to break down tooth structure, leading to cavities and tooth decay.

And you may not have known this, but the consistency of saliva also makes a difference. Thinner saliva washes away food more quickly, but when you’re eating a high-carbohydrate and sugary diet, this creates a thicker saliva. This allows more of the acidic bacteria that causes cavities.

Tips for Preventing Cavities

  • A Healthy Diet
  • Daily Brushing, Flossing, & Rinsing
  • Limit Sugary Drinks
  • Avoid Sticky Foods
  • Nutritious Snacks

Where to Go for Child Dentistry in Canonsburg, PA

Our team at Evans Family Dental provides excellent child dentistry that focuses on all aspects of their oral health. This includes regular dental exams, treating bad dental habits, and preventative care services for cavities. Contact us today to schedule your child’s first appointment!