All About Kids & Dental Care

Let your children grow up without fearing their dentists and dental care. Provide them with an experience they'll enjoy.

Let your children grow up without fearing their dentists and dental care. Provide them with an experience they’ll enjoy.

We see it often: Parents who have had a bad experience at the dentist during their own childhood or who have had any traumas in their own dental history are especially cautious about their childrens’ first experiences at the dentist office. The good news is that dental phobia doesn’t have to be bequeathed to your children.

At West Meade Dental, we take childrens’ dentistry very seriously, though your kids won’t know that. For them, we make it a point to keep things light and easy, making things amusing with take-home (sugarless) treats and fun toothbrushes, with cartoons and silly face masks, all while teaching healthy dental habits that we hope will last for a lifetime.

Overcoming a Child’s Fear of Dentists

We know that how your child feels about going to the dentist is generally shaped by their first few visits. When approached thoughtlessly, that first visit can be frightening, but at West Meade Dental Dr. Shelley A. Sigur and all of our hygienists specialize in easing fears and making children feel comfortable and relaxed—during that first visit and every visit thereafter.

So if you’re a parent who wants to make sure that his or her child begins a healthy lifelong relationship with the dentist, you’ve come to the right place. Our goal is to get children excited about dental health and equip them with the knowledge to make healthy choices and develop healthy habits even at a young age.

5 Facts About Kids and Dental Care

Below you’ll find a handful of facts about pediatric dental care, with the information sourced from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

  1. It is recommended that children visit the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and check-up.
  2. Tooth decay, which manifests itself in the form of cavities, is the most common childhood disease. Each year hundreds of thousands of children have cavities that go untreated.
  3. Babies get cavities from bacteria that’s passed from their caregiver’s mouth into their own. This happens by sharing spoons, by testing food prior to feedings, and by cleaning off a pacifier with yourmouth instead of warm water. Right off the bat, avoid sharing saliva with your baby to keep cavity-causing bacteria out of his mouth.
  4. It’s never too early to begin cleaning your child’s teeth. As soon as they appear, you can start brushing them with a tiny amount of fluoridated toothpaste and a small, soft toothbrush. For children aged 2 to 5, a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is sufficient.
  5. In spite of some misinformation out there, there is very little risk involved with dental X-rays. That said, most dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation that children are exposed to by using lead aprons and high-speed film.

No matter what dental needs you or your child have, West Meade Dental is prepared to meet them. We are proud to offer a wide range of dental services.

A Lifetime of Care

Whether or not we will actually get to provide dental care to your child throughout his life, we will make sure that his or her relationship with the dentist gets off to a great start so that it will usher in a lifetime of healthy dental care. The staff at West Meade Dental is committed to providing a relaxing and friendly atmosphere to children in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. At West Meade, you and your child will never be treated like a number. We make it a point to listen to all of our patients and customize each visit to each individual. Learn more about us here.

 

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