Divine Dentistry, LLC has been treating children from all over Shreveport. Bethany, Greenwood, Keithville, Bossier City, Mansfield, and other nearby areas for over a decade. We know how important it is to establish good oral hygiene habits in kids from an early age. Let us start your child down the path to a lifetime of great oral health.
Why are Baby Teeth Important?
Children develop proper chewing, eating, speaking, and oral hygiene habits with their baby teeth - which are also called primary teeth. Strong primary teeth allow for the jaw bones and muscles to develop healthily and help permanent teeth grow comfortably into place. If a child loses a primary tooth too soon, his or her permanent teeth may grow in crooked and lead to expensive oral treatments later in life. Decaying baby teeth can cause pain, abscesses, and infections which can spread to permanent teeth. Your child's general health may also be affected if diseased baby teeth aren't treated in a timely fashion. Remember, some primary molars don’t emerge until the age of 14; so these baby teeth need to last for years!
The oral hygiene habits and routines your child starts today may last an entire lifetime. It is never too soon to start teaching kids the importance of taking care of their teeth and oral health. Proper care not only keeps kids healthier; it can also prevent costly and potentially uncomfortable treatments later in life.
What Dental Problems Could My Child Have?
Even though your child’s teeth are new, some dental issues can begin very early in life. They can affect how the adult teeth will emerge and, possibly, whether or not they will be prone to dental problems in the future.
The earlier a child visits a dentist, the better the chances are of preventing future oral complications. Strong, healthy teeth not only help your child chew food easily and speak clearly, but also build self-confidence by having a great smile.
This can occur at an early age by a child sleeping with the bottle or sucking on a pacifier dipped in something sweet. Bacteria that causes tooth decay can also be transferred to the child through saliva. This may occur when a parent cleans the baby’s pacifier or spoon with his or her own mouth.
Inflammation of the gum tissue can happen to children of any age. To help avoid this keep the child’s gums clean, even if no teeth have emerged.
Digit sucking or grinding of teeth should be monitored, especially as the child’s permanent teeth emerge. Permanent teeth may even be affected if the child’s habit is very intense.
Do children need preventative care?
Early childhood and tooth decay no longer have to go hand in hand. At Divine Dentistry, LLC, we focus on all aspects of preventive oral care. We use the latest in sealant technology to shield your child's teeth. Sealants are bonded to the chewing surfaces of back teeth to prevent them from developing plaque buildup, which can lead to tooth decay. This is just one of the many ways Divine Dentistry, LLC can help set the foundation for your child’s good oral health for life.
How should I prepare my child for his or her first visit?
Many parents ask us this question. We suggest that you prepare your child like you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store.
A visit to our office in Shreveport will not be the frightening experience you may remember or have heard of from other parents. We have specially designed our space to be a fun and welcoming place for children. Your child's reaction to his or her first visit to the dentist may surprise you.
With our office being easy to get to from anywhere in Shreveport, Bethany, Greenwood, Keithville, Bossier City, Mansfield, and surrounding areas, you don’t have to take your kids very far to get great dental care.
Feel free to give us a call at (318) 686-2015 if you have any questions or concerns about preparing your child for his or her first visit. You can even come by during our office hours to take a tour and see if Divine Dentistry, LLC is the right fit for your child.
In need of immediate care?
We offer emergency phone consultations to our existing patients. Call us anytime at (318) 686-2015.