Q. When should I bring my child to the dentist for the first time?
A. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends finding a dental home within the first year of life. The point of these early visits is to familiarize the child to the dental setting, coach parents on brushing and flossing techniques, and discuss healthy food options and to identify dental problems early. As pediatric dentists, our focus is prevention. If we can help a child avoid dental procedures (such as fillings, crowns, extractions) and have a lifetime of well visits, we would feel we have accomplished much. Some procedures are necessary and unavoidable. For example, some children are born with tongue or lip ties (frenums) that interfere with eating, speech and our smile and require surgical intervention. We are happy to now offer laser frenectomies.
Dr. Ashley Ramsey, DDS | My Kidz Mouth Dental www.mykidzdental.com