Here at Dr Reynolds office, we specialize in treating kids of all ages, and we’re passionate about oral health in our office. Our goal is to make sure that you and your children are armed with good information and the right tools to ensure a lifetime of great oral health.
Many parents don’t know a lot about pediatric dentistry, and we’d like to share a few things you may not know about pediatric dental care, as well as some ways we can help you ensure your child enjoys a great smile.
The #1 Disease in Children is Tooth Decay
That probably isn’t what you expected, but statistics show that more than 40% of kids have tooth decay by the time they’re 11 years old. With today’s dental technology, it’s sad that so many children continue to deal with tooth decay, a problem that can compromise their oral health now and in the future.
The good news is that it’s very easy to prevent tooth decay. Our office works to educate you and your children about tooth decay prevention, offering services and tools that can reduce the risk of tooth decay for your child.
Your Child Needs to Head to the Dentist Before Age 1
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry notes that kids need to head into the dentist’s office before they reach the age of 1, which is earlier than recommended in the past. Children already have teeth at this age, and it’s so important that children start building good dental habits while they are this young.
For the first visit, we don’t do cleanings, but we will exam your child’s teeth, ensure they’re growing in the right areas, and look for any signs of decay. We’ll also work with you to come up with oral hygiene procedures and nutritional guidelines that you can use at home to prevent tooth decay. This early visit to the pediatric dentist can help prevent tooth decay, ensuring your child gets a good start to oral care.
Great New Prevention Techniques are Available
Many parents aren’t aware that some great new cavity prevention techniques are available. Fluoride continues to be the top tool for fighting tooth decay in kids, but new techniques and tools also show some great promise for cavity prevention.
Xylitol has received a lot of attention within the past few years, and it’s been shown to reduce cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth.
Licorice root extract has also been shown to help prevent cavities and is often used in candies that can help reduce cavity risk. When you visit our office with your child, we’ll be happy to help you find the prevention techniques that work best for your child’s dental needs.
Of course, we realize that having a great first experience at the dentist’s office is crucial, and our staff is experienced with young children.
We’ll work to make sure that you and your child are comfortable, so give us a call today to get that first pediatric dentist’s appointment set up for your child.