Dental Health Guide
Dental Health Guide in Las Vegas, NV
Our veteran team at Las Vegas Oral Surgery is passionate not just about providing patients with exceptional care, but also in education patients in the many different areas of family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry that may become part of their treatment plans, as well as general oral health and hygiene.
Our team is also available and willing to answer any and all oral health and oral hygiene related questions you might have.
Below are some of the most common areas of interest we see from patients:
When should my child first visit the dentist?
Your child’s first “normal” dental appointment should be right after your child turns two years old. This is an opportune time to examine your child’s teeth while their early teeth are still forming, allowing our team to identify any early warning signs of oral health concerns. This first appointment will be typically very short and will not involve any actual treatments. Parents will almost always be asked to hold their child during these initial dental appointments.
These first exams will involve a brier exam of your child’s teeth and gums. Our team will also potentially want to take x-rays to better examine your child’s jaw and bite, as well as to help reveal any signs of decay. We will also take this time to review proper oral health and brushing techniques.
These initial appointments will typically involve:
- A full tooth and gum exam,
- An exam of any oral fixations and habits, such as thumb sucking,
- Exam to see if your child can benefit from flouridation,
- Dental and oral health education,
- Scheduling and suggested dates for regular dental visits.
Pediatric cleanings and hygiene:
The first years of a child’s life are vital for tooth and jaw development as well as oral health. Our team is able to provide pediatric cleanings to kids as well as dental education that can help them learn to not only love coming to the dentist, but to also learn to love taking care of their smiles. Some early age patients may require dental sealants, which help to protect the chewing surfaces of the teeth long-term. This is one example out of many different techniques our team at Las Vegas Oral Surgery leverages in order to best protect the long term oral health of pediatric patients.
Preventing oral health concerns:
One of the best ways to prevent long-term oral health concerns is to develop and maintain a strong oral health regiment starting from a young age. This also involves education on diet and which sugary foods and drinks should be avoided, as well as a high carbohydrate diet early in life. This education also helps your children avoid cavility development early in life, setting them up for a lifetime of healthy and cavity-free smiles. Adolescents should also avoid chewing their food for long periods of time as this leaves food particles on the teeth for longer periods of time, increasing the likelihood of cavity formation.
Babies will first develop their bottom two teeth, which occurs around 6-8 months of age. The next teeth to erupt will be the upper 4 teeth followed by all remaining teeth. This growth will continue until your child is 2-3 years old, and regular dental visits will help ensure that your child’s teeth fully develop. Then, at around ages 5-6, your child’s adult teeth will begin to erupt, and baby teeth will begin to fall out. Each child’s development is different, and it’s important to note that these timelines can shift by a few months in either direction.
Speak with our team at Las Vegas Oral Surgery today to learn more about pediatric and first-time dental appointments with our family dentistry team!