Did you know that according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should visit the dentist by their first birthday or within 6 months after his or her first tooth comes in?
A lifetime of healthy teeth starts with good brushing habits, good nutritional choices and trust in the dentist. Since decay can occur in even the smallest of teeth, the earlier your baby visits us, the more likely he or she will avoid problems. By teaming up with you, we can ensure that your child has a vibrant smile all the way into adulthood.
At Rho Family Dentistry, dentistry for kids is more than bright, healthy smiles; it's also about making the trip to the dentist a calm, pleasant experience so there's no fear of 'next time'. We take pride in seeing our patients grow into their adult teeth, so we're committed to earning the trust of everyone who visits our practice-both children and parents. That's why we take extra time to build rapport and earn confidence; it makes the experience easier for everyone. As a part of our care, we use pleasant, simple explanations to answer your child's questions and calm any anxieties. Of course, we're also happy to answer any concerns or questions you might have as a parent.
Does my child need to see a pediatric dental specialist?
Your child goes to see a pediatrician for their medical care, so it is an excellent question to ask. At Rho Family Dentistry, we are committed to creating generations of happiness through healthy smiles. So our commitment is not just to the adults in your family but also to your children. Unless your child has very specialized needs, your dental home can also be their dental home. We are confident that our dentists can meet most, if not all of your child's needs. Because your child's health is our number one priority, if in any case your child needs treatment of a truly specialized nature, we will not hesitate to refer them to a pediatric dental specialist. Of course you will only be financially responsible for the dental services we perform (if any) on your child's visit.
What can I expect on my child's first visit?
At Rho Family Dentistry, your baby's first visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. Depending on the age of your child and the last time he or she has seen a dentist, a full examination and cleaning may or may not be performed.
Typically, the first visit to the dentist for your baby gives him or her an opportunity to meet the dentist in a non-threatening and friendly way. Parents are welcome to sit in the dental chair and hold their child. During the exam, Dr. Rho will check all of your child's existing teeth for decay, examine your child's bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw, and oral tissue. If needed, Dr. Rho or one of our excellent hygienist will clean any teeth and assess the need for fluoride.
At Rho Family Dentistry, we believe in the power of education. Dr. Rho will be sure to educate parents about oral health care basics for children and discuss any dental developmental issues. He will also answer any and all questions or concerns that you may have so please don't be shy about bringing them to his attention.
How can I take care of my child's teeth?
Preventative dentistry is especially important for children. With today's technology coupled with parent's dedication to their child's oral health, children can grow up without ever having had a cavity with the possibility of having little to no need for dental treatment beyond preventative services in their adult life.
A few things you can do to get a head start on great dental health for your children:
|Examine your child's teeth every two weeks or so for lines and discoloration (such as brown spots) typically caused by decay. If you see anything suspicious, please take them to see a dentist.
|You've heard this before, perhaps, but please avoid letting your child fall asleep with milk or juice in their mouth. The extended exposure of sugar in the liquid can seriously damage their teeth.
| At a minimum, please brush and floss your child's teeth every morning and evening after mealtime. Use only a pea-sized amount of children's toothpaste.
|Take your child to visit a dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings, check ups to monitor the development of teeth and to promptly treat any developing problems, and of course to build your child's comfort and confidence level visiting a dentist.
We're Here For You!
Have a question about something you've seen on our website, or heard on a popular talk show about kids and their teeth? Our team of dental assistants, office staff and our dentist are all here to answer your questions and help you navigate through your child's oral development. Give us a call today at (916) 562-2755.
What should I do in an emergency?
If you have a pediatric dental emergency, please immediately contact Rho Family Dentistry at (916) 562-2755. If our office is not open, please call 916-668-9574 to directly connect you with Dr. Rho himself.