As a family-oriented practice in South Bend, Indiana, you can bring your child to our pediatric dentists at Mahoney Family Dentistry. You can be certain that we will conscientiously look after our young patients and provide them with a pleasant experience. We know the importance of childhood dental visits, as they safeguard the oral health of children and can permanently shape their views on dental care. Therefore, we’ll do our best to ensure that your young ones’ trips to the dentist leave them with a positive impression that will carry with them as they grow. This is at the top of our priority list, as is providing high-quality dental care for your children.
In conclusion, we’ve established a practice that looks after our patients, and that won’t be any different when dealing with your little ones! There’s also nothing we’d love more than to help them achieve optimum oral health. So, schedule an appointment today – we aim to be your child’s first, and even their lifelong, dentist in South Bend, Indiana!
A Child’s First Visit
When to Make Their First Appointment
Our dentists suggest a child’s first visit to the dentist occurs within 6 months of their first tooth appearing because this helps the child become more comfortable with oral examinations. Additionally, this provides parents the opportunity to ask questions regarding how to care for their child’s teeth as they begin to grow in.
What to Expect at Your Welcome Visit
- Create positive associations with dental staff
- A parent present to hold your baby
- Dentist will check for decay and tooth eruption
- Assessment of lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, jaw and neck
- Discussion of habits for healthy teeth
Caring for Your Child’s Teeth
Brushing your child’s teeth is just as important as brushing your own teeth. There are many different types of brushes available for children, and each are suited for a different age group.
- Finger Brushes (0-9 Months)
- Safety Brushes (10-18+ Months)
- Traditional Soft Brushes (Parental Discretion: 24+ Months)
Until 3 months of age, a wet brush with tap water is sufficient; however, training toothpaste is recommended for children ages 3 to 24 months. In addition, our dentists suggest using children’s fluoride toothpaste once your child can spit or rinse their mouth without swallowing the paste.
Accidents happen, no matter how vigilant we are with our children’s safety. Therefore, if a child falls or otherwise hurts their teeth, jaw, or lip, please keep the following directions in mind because they will help guide you down the best path to further care for your child:
Step 1: Calmly assess jaw, lips, teeth and gums:
- Look for swelling, bleeding, broken bones, and altered teeth
Step 2: Decide if you need to call the dentist:
- A tooth has been pushed back or has fallen out
- Your child has bitten through the upper or lower lip or tongue
Step 3: Decide if an Emergency Room visit is needed:
- A bone has been broken
- There are other significant injuries
Step 4: Monitor the situation from home:
- Your baby is not bleeding, but is crying
- A bruise and/or minor swelling has occurred
- No teeth have been moved or are significantly loose