Developing positive dental habits begins with educating parents and their kids on proper dental care. Our initial visits concentrate on developing comfort for children and providing instruction for parents. In these early stages, the pediatric dentist at Laurelwood Dental sets the tone for positive interactions and fear-free dental visits. Our office is dedicated to teaching and helping maintain your child’s good oral healthcare throughout all the states of his or her life.
It is very important for a child’s first visit to the dentist office be a positive and enjoyable experience. We believe that starts with you and your child knowing about what happens at their first visit. Our doctors and team are experienced in using pleasant and simple language to describe how we will be caring for kids. Our top priority is helping your child feel at ease from the moment you arrive to the time you leave.
The first tooth erupts between 6-12 months of age and the rest of a child’s primary or “baby” teeth typically erupt by age 3. Gums often feel tender and sore during this time, which causes many children to feel irritable. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend using a teething ring or helping soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. Permanent teeth erupt at age 6 and continue until age 21. Typical cleaning and care begin around age 3, depending on the individual. A child should come in for annual checkups and cleanings from that point forward.
Most children are calm, comfortable and confident in our office. However, sometimes a child may feel anxious before or during treatment. Your child may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable. Nitrous oxide, sometimes called laughing gas, is a safe and effective method used to calm a child’s fear of the dental visit and enhance effective communication. Additionally, it works well for children whose gag reflex interferes with pediatric dental treatment. Dr. Rice and Dr. Hall typically recommend nitrous oxide for children up to age 10. It is used on older children and adults as well, depending on the circumstance or if requested. Please read the information below regarding pediatric analgesia.
If it has been recommended that nitrous oxide be used during your child’s next visit, we recommend that the child eats within 2 hours prior to the appointment and that it be a light meal. Clear fluids, such as water or apple juice is preferable prior to the appointment. Nitrous oxide can cause mild nausea and vomiting, but this effect is uncommon. Your child will be monitored at all times by the assistant or dentist for any signs of this occurring.
Our kid-friendly pediatric dentists in Portland are committed to caring for children for the duration of their lives, into adulthood. As a family dentistry office, we care for all ages and all members of a family. We focus on preventative care, helping children understand the importance of daily oral hygiene.