Besides brushing and flossing, the health and development of your child’s smile relies on the care they receive from their family dentist in Melbourne. Although the baby teeth eventually fall out, they have an important role while they are in place. They act as placeholders for the permanent teeth and also allow them to learn how to chew and speak correctly. To create the foundation they need for a healthy smile, Exceptional Dentistry welcomes patients as young as 3 years old.
Your child’s first visit is about introducing them to the world of dental care and giving them the opportunity to meet their dentist, so they learn there is nothing to fear while at our office. This is why we call their first appointment their “Happy Visit.” Our caring staff gets to know your little one and introduces them to the dental office. Although it is a small step, it has a lasting impact on their view of their children’s dentist in Melbourne for stress-free visits.
By the time your child turns 3, it is time for their first checkup. Our dental hygienist will try to take an x-ray if they are comfortable and relaxed. This provides a complete picture of their oral health. Dr. Rose carefully performs an inspection of each tooth and the gums while also making sure their mouth and teeth are properly developed. She also takes the time to look for any potential issues, like tooth decay or bite and alignment concerns.
Our hygienist performs a thorough cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar accumulations that have been left behind with home oral hygiene habits. They also take the time to educate your child about the correct brushing and flossing techniques to keep their smile healthy in between appointments. Their cleaning ends with their teeth being polished, so they walk out of our office with a beautiful smile.
We may also recommend additional preventive treatments, such as a fluoride varnish or dental sealants. They give your child an added layer of protection to ward off tooth decay.
As your child ages, their routine appointments will become more advanced and in-depth while they also develop the proper oral hygiene habits they need at home to keep their smile healthy. Between the ages of 6 and 14, we encourage you to maintain their semi-annual appointments because these are the most cavity-prone years. We will check-in on their dental hygiene habits and provide tips as needed.
Let us help your child learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age. In some cases, we refer children to a pedodontist who is a specialist in children’s dentistry. We will help you make the best choices for your child’s unique personality and oral health needs to create the foundation for a lifelong beautiful smile.
If it is time for your child’s first visit or their next cleaning and checkup, contact Exceptional Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting your little one.