First impressions are important, especially when we are talking about introducing your child to a dentist’s office. As your trusted general dentist in Westminster, MD, Dr. Bowersox is committed to making a good first impression on your child with our pediatric dentistry services. Dr. Bowersox is prepared to treat patients of all ages, including kids. Our office was designed to be a welcoming environment so that you and your child feel at ease from the moment that you arrive. Our staff is friendly and happy to answer any questions your child has on their dental appointment, making a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment or tool. We want to help them learn their best oral hygiene habits and encourage lifelong dental health through our pediatric dentistry services.
Here are some common questions we get regarding our pediatric dentistry services:
How soon should I bring my child to the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling your child’s first dentistry appointment by their first birthday. As your child’s teeth begin to grow, it’s important to allow a pediatric dentist like Dr. Bowersox to monitor their growth and health. This ensures that they receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.
What can I do at home to help my child with their oral hygiene?
Encouraging thorough and consistent brushing and flossing habits is the best way to help your child with their oral hygiene. Your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. It’s important to know that children are at high risk for tooth decay because of high-sugar diets and improper oral hygiene routines. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.
What should I do to help my child with their discomfort as their teeth grow in?
Your child’s teeth will begin growing from 6-12 months of age. This can cause some discomfort as the gums are sore from the erupting teeth. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a cool, wet cloth across their gums. Teething rings are also great for soothing sore gums.