We love to see families and children at Gateway Dental!
We make it easy for families with busy schedules to take care of their oral health in one place with convenient morning and evening appointments. We also offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of both adults and children.
Why Are Baby Teeth Important?
You may wonder why your child needs to see the dentist when their baby teeth are going to fall out in few years anyway.
Believe it or not, baby teeth have many important jobs to do during the few years they are in your child’s mouth, and without them, your little one’s oral development may be compromised. Keeping baby teeth clean and healthy and visiting your dentist in Aurora every six months will protect your little one’s smile.
Some of the things baby teeth are responsible for are:
- Helping your baby learn to eat solid foods
- Saving a place for adult teeth to come in a few years
- Helping your baby learn to speak and form words
- Guiding adult teeth into their proper position
When Should My Child First See the Dentist?
We like to start seeing children consistently every six months around the age of 2 to 3 years old – unless parents have concerns early on. We know these first visits are very important for building trust, so the first visit is spent getting to know your child and helping them feel comfortable in our office and in the dental chair.
During their first appointment, we will count their teeth, show them the instruments we use, and perform a cleaning if they feel comfortable. We use a “show and tell” method of demonstrating and explaining to them what we’re going to do before performing any procedure.
Our goal is that your child always feels safe, comfortable, and even excited about coming to their dental appointments.
Additional Services for Children
As your child grows, we may recommend some additional services to help strengthen and protect your child’s teeth, such as fluoride treatment and dental sealants.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen developing teeth and remineralize teeth that have been affected by tooth decay. We can include fluoride treatments with your child’s checkup and cleaning if needed.
A dental sealant is a thin protective coating that covers the chewing surface of your child’s molars and back teeth. The coating is designed to fill in the small pits and grooves of their teeth and protect against the bacteria and acids that cause tooth decay.
Contact Gateway Dental
If you have questions about your child’s oral health or you would like to schedule their next appointment, contact Gateway Dental today.