We understand that your child is precious to you, and we believe that every child is unique and requires individualized attention. At Shiflett Family Dental, we are experienced at making a child’s first visit positive and fun.
We make every attempt to take care of all of your little one’s dental needs in-house so you don’t have to hop around to different offices. Dr. Shiflett takes time to show your child exactly what will happen and explain all of the noises and tastes they might experience. He will walk them through their appointment step-by-step and keep it light and fun.
If you are searching for children’s dentistry in Columbus, OH, we sincerely hope you choose us.
When Should I Take My Child to the Dentist for Their First Visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that you take your child for their first dental check-up when their first tooth appears (usually around 6 months old), or before their first birthday. This allows Dr. Shiflett to make sure your child’s teeth and oral cavity are developing properly and catch any issues early. These early visits are important to familiarize your little one with the dental office and make future appointments smoother.
What Kind of Toothpaste Should I Use for My Child and How Much?
Regular fluoride toothpaste is perfectly adequate for your child. The characters and flavors of “kid’s” toothpaste can make it fun for the child and easier for the parent to get them on board with brushing.
From the time their first tooth erupts until age 3, a tiny smear (about the size of a grain of rice) of toothpaste and soft age-appropriate sized toothbrush should be used twice daily.
From age 3-6, the quantity of fluoride toothpaste can be increased to a pea-sized amount. It is important to note that children need help to adequately brush. A good rule of thumb is that kids need help brushing until they can tie their own shoes; however, many children will need help even past that landmark.
What If My Child Has a Tooth Knocked Out?
When kids play, they play hard. Unfortunately, while on a play date or during a sporting event, a child may have a tooth knocked out. When this happens, time is of the essence.
The best course of action is to rinse the tooth off quickly if it has dirt on it and put it back in the socket. Even if you are afraid you are inserting the tooth backward, you should do your best. The tooth has a much higher likelihood of survival if placed back in the mouth immediately rather than waiting until you get to the dentist's office.
Even if you insert it incorrectly, Dr. Shiflett can fix it when you arrive at our Columbus, OH dental office. Be sure to call our office immediately, as this is a true dental emergency.
If you are uncomfortable putting the tooth back in the socket, you should place the tooth in a solution right away. Many athletic trainers, paramedics, and schools have ready-to-go solutions such as Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS) or Save-A-Tooth on hand. Alternatively, you can place the tooth in milk or a sports drink and bring it to the office with you.
Prevention is the best medicine, so Dr. Shiflett recommends athletes of all ages wear a mouth guard during practice and games.
Contact Shiflett Family Dental to Schedule Your Child’s Next Appointment
If it’s time for your son or daughter’s next dental appointment, we’d love to meet them! Contact your Clintonville children’s dentist today to schedule a convenient time for their next dental appointment.