Finding the right dentist for your little one is crucial when it comes to setting your child up for a lifetime of positive dental health. At Smiles for Life Family Dentistry, we do everything we can to make sure that your child has an enjoyable experience at the dentist. And we’ll work with you to help develop a healthy oral care routine that your child can carry with them into adulthood.
The Importance of Early Visits to the Dentist
According to the American Dental Association, your child’s first visit to the dentist should be scheduled by their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth erupting. Baby teeth are important, and early checkups ensure that primary teeth grow in correctly and stay in place until they are lost naturally. A properly planned first visit can also reduce the risk of developing dental anxiety.
Building the doctor-patient relationship early on will help your child get to know the process of a dental visit, eliminating fear and stress. Both Dr. Quinn and Dr. Mitchell believe in fostering and reinforcing positive experiences with rewards at the end of treatment. So don’t be surprised if your child leaves their appointment with a balloon and a goodie bag filled with toys and stickers. Your little one may even look forward to future dental appointments!
What to Expect During Pediatric Visits
As part of our commitment to compassionate pediatric care, we want to encourage parents to reinforce positive dental health habits for their kids. Dr. Quinn and Dr. Mitchell are both friendly and energetic, always making visits informative and fun. They’ll teach your little ones about dental health and offer fun tips to keep teeth healthy. At Smiles for Life, your child will learn how to brush and floss properly, how to use mouthwash, and which foods are the best and the worst for teeth.
During regular checkups, your doctor will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums to assess their dental health. X-rays will be taken to track the progress of primary tooth eruption and to check for tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are often used to prevent or reverse minor cavities, regular teeth cleanings are necessary to maintain excellent oral health.
Benefits of Regular Pediatric Visits
At Smiles for Life, we’ll treat your family as an extension of our own. We are a passionate group of healthcare providers who want to help you and your children maintain great oral health for life. Starting the journey to dental health early and visiting regularly has many benefits.
- Get into good habits: Regular visits encourage the development of strong oral hygiene habits.
- Find the problems fast: Routine care can help prevent the formation of cavities and other issues, as we will be able to identify problems quickly.
- Prevent dental anxiety: Introducing your child to the dentist at a young age and getting them comfortable with a routine will make them less likely to be nervous about going to the dentist. This encourages a healthy lifelong attitude towards the dentist!
The team at Smiles for Life is here to help your children maintain healthy smiles as they grow. Contact us today at (702) 795-2273 to set up an appointment with Dr. Quinn or Dr. Mitchell. You can also come in to our office at 8930 W Sunset Road, Suite 190, Las Vegas, NV 89148 for gentle, quality care in a compassionate environment. We’ll always make sure your child is comfortable at Smiles for Life Family Dentistry!