Waters Family Dentistry wants to welcome you and your entire family to our practice. We care for patients of all ages, from new patients who just got their first tooth to patients who are well into their 90s and are maintaining their smile!
For your child’s first dental visit, we recommend they be seen within six months of the eruption of their first baby tooth. The first tooth you will usually see is the lower front tooth. A general recommendation is to schedule your child’s appointment around their first birthday.
Your Child’s First Visit
Your child’s first dental visit at Waters Family Dentistry will include:
- Introduction to the dental office environment and staff – It works well to have the child lay in the caregiver’s lap to allow for a visual exam. We have an educational video we show to our young new patients. This cute video features two puppies experiencing their first dental visit.
- Instructions for caring for your child’s teeth including brushing and flossing – Also included in your visit will be a take-home bag of oral hygiene aids for your child. One item is a colorful flosser you can use to easily floss your child’s teeth once they have two teeth that touch.
- Evaluation of primary (baby) teeth – Dr. Waters and the dental hygienists will assess your child’s susceptibility to cavities (dental caries) and discuss any recommendations with the caregiver.
- Provide fluoride and diet recommendations – Most children have all 20 of their baby time by the time they reach three years old. Baby teeth can start to loosen and come out as early as five years old. Permanent (adult) teeth will grow in to replace the baby teeth. The total number of adult teeth possible is 32, including wisdom teeth, also known as third molars.
Ongoing Dental Care for Your Child
As your child grows and develops, we typically recommend regular dental visits every six months. This will allow our hygienist to clean and polish their teeth, provide and reinforce oral hygiene instructions, place dental sealants, take x-rays, and apply fluoride varnish to strengthen their teeth.
Dr. Waters will check for tooth decay (cavities) by evaluating x-rays and doing an exam. He will evaluate tooth eruption and jaw development and make any recommendations for orthodontic care. In addition, he will also reinforce good oral hygiene habits.
Family Preventive Care
Did you know?
Even though it is largely preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. Adults are also affected; 9 out of 10 people over the age of 20 have decay in their permanent teeth. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth feed on foods and sugars and produce acids. These acids destroy tooth surfaces and cause tooth decay.
Because decay can be so common throughout our lives, regular dental visits are very important. Seniors are even more at risk as they often have exposed areas of tooth root that are even more susceptible to decay. Dr. Waters and our hygienists will work with patients to prevent tooth decay. Dr. Waters will diagnose tooth structures that have been destroyed by decay and restore these areas with the latest in dental materials.
Prevention Saves Time and Discomfort
If left untreated, tooth decay can progress into the pulp (nerve and blood supply) of the tooth. This can lead to tooth infection, tooth pain and ultimately tooth loss. The longer you wait to have decay treated, the more costly and painful your experience will likely be. The earlier tooth decay is treated, the better!
You may have heard in the news how oral health can be linked to overall health. Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and low birth weight babies have all been scientifically tied to oral disease. Caring for your teeth and gums can benefit not only your smile but also your overall health./p>
Please Call to Schedule Your Exam
Don’t delay! Take care of your family’s health by making dental appointments at our Grand Island dental office. Please call Waters Family Dentistry at (308) 382-1734 to schedule today.