Not every dental office accepts children as patients. If you are looking for a family dentist who can handle the oral health needs of everyone in your family, look no further than Albright Family Dental. Our Everett dental practice is equipped to provide dental care for babies, toddlers, children, and adults of all ages.
One dental practice specializes in pediatric treatments. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that your child has his or her first dental visit by age 1 or within six months of the first tooth eruption.
Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry
Some parents may think that the AAPD guidelines sound a bit premature. In fact, early dental exams are extremely important because they allow our doctors to determine if your child’s baby teeth are developing properly. Unaddressed dental problems or congenital issues can lead to long-term consequences for your child’s oral health. Adult teeth rely on healthy primary teeth in order to emerge properly later in adolescence. Don’t let the term “baby” teeth fool you. The primary teeth are critical to allowing your child to:
- Chew properly
- Maintain good nutrition
- Create space for adult teeth
- Develop good oral hygiene habits
- Helping your child maintain healthy self-esteem
Pediatric Treatment Options
If you have a baby, these early check-ups will focus on examining your child’s teeth and jaw, even if the teeth have not emerged yet. Digital images or x-rays can be used to examine the health of your child’s teeth while a visual inspection can be performed on the gums.
As your child grows, preventative treatments like cleanings and sealants can help prevent tooth decay. Surprisingly, one-third of children between the ages of 3 and 5 have one or more cavities, according to the National Institutes of Health. This is one reason why pediatric treatments are paired with educational tips. Our staff understands how to train parents and children on how to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Our hygienists have a knack for keeping these talks light and fun.
During your child’s twice-a-year dental visits, our focus will be on prevention and treatments when needed. If one of our doctors does find a cavity, early treatment can mean that the cavity can be removed quickly and with minimal discomfort. Working with children takes a special touch, and not every dental practice offers pediatric treatment. For our doctors and staff, working with babies,
toddlers, and children brings us joy.
Schedule Your Child’s Next Visit Today!
Our doctors and staff understand the challenges of balancing life, work, and family. That’s one reason why we’re proud to cater to the needs of families. No matter how many family members you have, our receptionist can find a time for everyone to visit during the same day. We offer this feature so parents do not have to make multiple trips to our Everett dental office. If you have a small child who has not been to a dentist’s office before, you can bring him or her along during another family member’s visit. That way, your child will become familiar with our warm office environment and friendly staff. Pediatric dentistry lays the foundation for a lifetime of optimal oral health. To schedule your child’s next visit to our office, please contact our office today.