We have a reputation for creating a fun and nurturing environment for our younger patients. Routine dental visits are one of the best ways to help your child become more familiar and comfortable with visiting the dentist. By incorporating early education and establishing healthy habits, we can help your child avoid common problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Starting at an early age, we recommend a 6 monthly check up and clean so that we can evaluate your child’s dental development and intervene with orthodontic treatment, if required. We recommend bringing your children in for a checkup as soon as their first tooth erupts.
Most babies will get their first tooth between 6 and 10 months and will have all their baby teeth by the time they are 3 years old. Adult teeth replace baby teeth between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to emerge, coming through in the late teens. Your child will start losing baby teeth around the age of 6. Sometimes an adult tooth will come through before the baby tooth has fallen out. If this happens and the baby tooth hasn’t fallen out within 2 to 3 months, we recommend getting this checked by one of our dentists.
We may recommend fissure sealants to protect and strengthen your children’s teeth. Sealants are a non-invasive and painless way to protect teeth from tooth decay. Fissure sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the biting surfaces of the teeth. They form a hard shield protecting food and bacteria from getting stuck in the tiny pits and fissures. Fissure sealants are usually recommended as soon as the permanent molars erupt, at 6 years old, and then again at around 12 years old.
We also offer complimentary orthodontic examinations. Orthodontic treatment is not only recommended to improve the appearance of your children’s teeth, but more importantly, it addresses issues caused by misalignment of the jaws, improving health and function. Orthodontic treatment ensures proper spacing and alignment to allow for a more attractive and healthier smile. This can dramatically improve self-esteem in growing children. We recommend that children have their first orthodontic assessment no later than 7 years of age. Early orthodontic treatment is advantageous because we can guide the growth of the facial and jaw bones while they are still soft. Early treatment can also accomplish aesthetic results that aren’t possible once the face and jaws have stopped growing. At WA Dental we offer a full range of orthodontic services to our patients, providing comprehensive dentistry and orthodontic care in one comfortable and convenient location.