As your child grows big and strong, parents cannot help but look on with pride. There are numerous ways to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle and taking care of their smile is one of the best and most efficient areas. Our family dentist in Meridian, Dr. Stillings, is dedicated to the oral health of children from their infant years all the way to their teens. Dive deeper into the necessary training, the provided care, and much more.
Child patients are much different than adults in more ways than the dental care they need. Our pediatric dentist has two additional years of education and resident training in dentistry for infants, children, teens, and children with special needs. It is important to know what children need and how to care for their teeth and gums, all while making sure they’re comfortable during their appointment. Not only is Dr. Stillings equipped to working with kids, but so is our staff! We strive to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for children to feel comfortable in, all while educating them on the importance of dental care.
Types of Pediatric Dental Treatments
Our comprehensive dental care for kids is like some of the services for adults, but there are some specific treatments that are important for children and teens.
• Infant Oral Health Exams: These exams also include a risk assessment for cavities and other potential dental damage in the parents and the child.
• Fluoride Treatment: With the help of fluoride, your child’s teeth will be stronger and more resistant to cavities and harmful bacteria.
• Habit Counseling: If your child is having trouble with sucking their thumb or using their pacifier, we are here to help! These harmful habits will mess with their dental alignment if continued for years and years, so we help parents with strategies to protect their teeth.
Common Questions Parents Face about Pediatric Dental Care
• When should I take my child to the dentist?
By the time their first tooth appears, or at the latest by their first birthday, parents should schedule an appointment with Dr. Stillings for their child’s first appointment. During this visit, we will share the helpful tips parents should be practicing at home with their family.
• How important are “baby teeth”?
Despite their first set of teeth falling out, baby teeth are extremely important to your child’s smile! Caring for these teeth helps your child chew properly, speak clearly, and assist in creating a healthy place for their permanent teeth to grow. Be sure you’re brushing and flossing your child’s smile, even as their baby teeth come through.
• How can I help prevent tooth decay from affecting my child’s teeth?
Your child’s diet is one of the most important things to keep an eye on to maintain a healthy smile. If they are constantly drinking milk and fruit juices, the enamel of their teeth is breaking down and becoming weak due to the acidity and bacteria of the beverages. Make sure your child is drinking a lot of water and they are avoiding harmful snacks like candy.
• What kind of toothbrush and toothpaste should my child be using?
The toothbrush should fit comfortably in your child’s mouth as you’re helping them brush. Don’t hesitate asking Dr. Stillings for additional tips. Adult-sized toothbrushes aren’t comfortable or effective, so be sure to use a toothbrush made for children. When it comes to toothpaste, there are ADA-approved options that we’ll recommend to you.
If you have any other questions or would like to schedule your child’s appointment with our family dentist in Meridian, call Dr. Fred Stillings’ office at (208) 377-3206 and our staff will happily assist you.