Finding the right dentist for your child eases dental anxiety, and can even makes trips to the dentist an exciting treat. Experienced general dentist Dr. Rosita Hamidi is uniquely qualified to treat, and even sedate, children during their appointments. She treats kids as early as three months of age at her Houston-based office. Call Smile Time Dental to schedule your appointment today, or book one online.
Children’s Dentistry Q & A
What is children’s dentistry?
Children have many of the same oral health concerns as adults, but also have their own unique needs. Children’s dentistry refers to oral health care that focuses on the specific needs of children, preventing dental complications that can arise with age.
Dr. Hamidi is experienced in children’s dentistry, and even worked with children as a school teacher before she became a dentist. She eases dental anxiety and greets each child in a warm, welcoming environment.
What does a children’s dental exam entail?
When your child comes in for a dental visit, a hygienist cleans his or her teeth. Dr. Hamidi goes over dental health history, suggests X-rays as needed, and completes a dental examination.
During your child’s exam, Dr. Hamidi checks his or her mouth for:
The need for orthodontic procedures (braces, for example)
The development of baby and permanent teeth
After a thorough examination, Dr. Hamidi lets you know if your child requires additional treatment – such as fillings for cavities or baby tooth extractions.
How often should my child see a dentist?
Schedule your children’s first dental visit shortly after they develop their first tooth. From then on, book regular cleanings and checkups starting at age three, or earlier if Dr. Hamidi recommends it. Depending on your child’s situation, Dr. Hamidi lets you know how often to schedule professional appointments. It may be every six months or more often if oral health concerns exist.
How can I help my child with dental care between visits?
At-home dental care between visits with Dr. Hamidi is important. A few tips you can practice with your child include:
- Brush twice daily with a soft-bristled brush, for two minutes each time
- Avoid fluoride toothpaste for children younger than age two
- Use a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste (the size of a rice grain) for children under three
- Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for older children
- Floss daily
- Change your child’s toothbrush at least every 3-4 months
- Assist your child with brushing until they are seven or eight years old
Helping your child take care of his or her teeth results in a healthier smile and improved self-esteem, as good oral health practices carry into adulthood. Call Smile Time Dental to book your child’s next appointment, or schedule one online with Dr. Hamidi today.