For most of us, going to the dentist’s office as a child is not one of our fondest memories! Getting dental work done can be scary and uncomfortable as a young child, and no loving parent enjoys watching their child undergo any procedure. As such, it is very important for dentists to be able to relate and empathize with young children, and it makes sense to want your child’s dentist to be kind and considerate of your child’s feelings. At Great Smiles Family Dentistry, understand that sentiment, and are committed to helping your child feel as safe and cared for as we possibly can!
Where Can I find a Kid Friendly Dentist?
If you are looking for a kid-friendly dentist in the area of Sylvania and Toledo, Ohio, we welcome you and your child to come to Great Smiles Family Dentistry! Our dental team, led by Dr. Nadeem Khan, prides itself on creating a fun, friendly, and comfortable environment for children to feel safe and at ease when they come in for dental appointments. Dr. Nadeem Khan and his associates have extensive training, education, and experience in providing phenomenal dental care for the whole family! You can find Great Smiles Family Dentistry at 4646 Nantuckett Drive in Toledo, Ohio.
Should a 3-year-old go to the dentist?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), you should bring your child to the dentist within six months after developing their first tooth. For most kids, their first tooth comes in around six to ten months, and so their first dental appointment should occur around their first birthday. After this initial visit, both the ADA and AAPD recommend that you bring your child in for a dental checkup every six months. As such, we strongly encourage you to bring your three-year-old in for a dental checkup if they are due for one or are experiencing a dental emergency!
What counts as a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies are typically accompanied by severe pain, loose adult teeth, bleeding, or infections. While dental issues such as cavities or minor toothaches should be dealt with in a timely fashion, it is usually fine to wait a few days before seeing the dentist. With dental emergencies, on the other hand, it is vital to bring your child in for a dentist appointment as soon as you possibly can. The following are some examples of legitimate dental emergencies:
- Crown fracture, or visibly broken tooth.
- Dental avulsion, or completely knocked out tooth.
- Dental intrusion, or a tooth, or teeth, that has pushed into the jawbone.
- Root fracture, or a tooth that is broken but not visibly so.
- Severe toothache
- Tooth displacement, either luxation, extrusion, or lateral displacement. Luxation refers to when the tooth remains in the socket but protrudes at an abnormal angle. Extrusion refers to when the tooth is partially removed from the socket.
If you are unsure whether your child’s dental issue qualifies as a dental emergency, please call us at (419) 960-4490. One of our friendly receptionists will gladly field any questions you have and either will slot you into one of our emergency reservation times or will book you in for the next available appointment if it is not an emergency.
How often should you brush a 2-year-old’s teeth?
Once your child starts developing teeth, you should brush their teeth once in the morning, and once before they go to bed. Brushing your teeth while you brush your child’s teeth can be an effective way to instill healthy dental habits in them as they grow older.
We welcome you to schedule an appointment with us! You can do so through our website or by giving us a call. You can reach us from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Thursday, and 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday.