Our office regularly cares for the dental needs of children as young as three years old. However, if you notice that your child has a problem with his or her teeth or gums prior to this age, please call us for a referral to a pediatric dentist.
You may also want to bring your child to your dental checkup when he or she is about two so that your child can become familiar with the sights, sounds, and friendly helpers in our dental office. We call this a Happy Visit.
Your child's independent checkup at age three will involve a tooth-by-tooth inspection and cleaning. Waxhaw children’s dentist Dr. Ruocco will check for proper development. Those beautiful baby, or primary, teeth have an important role to play. They don’t only allow your child to eat and speak. They also serve as placeholders for permanent teeth. Therefore, the immediate and long-term health of baby teeth is critically important to the health and appearance of your child’s smile now and in the future.
At your child’s dental checkup, we’ll also examine each tooth for decay and other areas of concern. Did you know that the most prevalent disease among young children is tooth decay? By coming to see the dentist in Waxhaw every six months, you help your children avoid becoming part of this statistic. Of course, if we do happen to find a cavity, whether by visual inspection or on a digital x-ray, then Dr. Ruocco will repair the tooth with a tooth-colored filling that is completely unnoticeable in your child’s white smile.
As your child grows, he or she will need regular checkups and hygiene visits to ensure optimal oral health. Our team will also teach oral homecare techniques so that your child can learn how to effectively brush and floss, with your help at first, then on his or her own. Up until they are about seven or eight years old, children need mom or dad’s assistance with brushing and flossing. Even after that, you may want to check their teeth and gums every now and then to make sure they are doing a good job. In fact, you might want to consider making teeth brushing a family activity. We don’t need to tell you that when children see their parents and other family members happily engaged in brushing, they are more likely to participate and make the practice a lifelong habit.
Here are some other ideas to make brushing and flossing more fun and effective.
Marvin children’s dentist Dr. Ruocco may recommend dental sealants or fluoride supplements. Sealants are thin, clear coatings that protect hard-to-clean back teeth from the sugars that cause tooth decay. Fluoride attracts other minerals to strengthen tooth enamel and ward off cavities. Because most bottled water does not contain fluoride, your child may be deficient in this essential mineral. Sealants and fluoride supplements are quick and easy protective measures that can save your little one from cavities.
Let us help your children learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age. Oral hygiene habits that begin early are more likely to continue for years to come. In some cases, we refer children to pedodontists, who are specialists in children's dentistry. We will help you make the best choices for your child's unique and precious smile.