How can we help you?
At Summit Dental Group we are always available to answer your questions. We want our patients to be fully informed about important dental procedures and oral health issues, so we’ve listed several of the questions we hear most often. If you do not see the answer you’re looking for below, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (970) 468-2471.
Both fluoride and dental sealants applied at our Dillon dental office can be very effective for protecting the health of your children’s teeth. But we can’t tell you if they’re appropriate for your children until we examine their teeth.
Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy
After over 50 years of use, the benefits of fluoride have been well-proven for supporting oral health. However, fluoride treatments may be important for your child, but you should remember that these treatments alone are not enough to keep teeth healthy.
Fluoride is found in most foods and public water supplies, but may not be enough to protect your child’s oral health. That is one of the reasons we recommend regular dental exams and cleanings for your child.
Dental Sealants as a Preventative Measure
Dental sealants are another important preventive treatment that are used to protect healthy teeth against decay. We can even use sealants on your child’s baby teeth. This may not make sense to you since your child loses the teeth anyway. But these important primary teeth act as placeholders for permanent teeth. Protecting baby teeth from decay ensures that they will do their job, aiding in proper development of permanent teeth.
While both these treatments are helpful for keeping your child’s teeth healthy, they may not be appropriate. Please contact our Dillon dental office to make an appointment so we can decide if either fluoride or sealants are right for your child.
Patients of All Ages Welcome
At Summit Dental Group, we treat patients of all ages. In fact, Pediatric Dentistry is one of the specific services we provide for your family’s complete oral health care. Our team is fully trained to address the special needs of our youngest patients, and we enjoy visiting with them and giving them the gentle care that they need. We are happy to see children of any age, but the sooner you can bring your child in for a visit, the easier it will be for us to establish a relationship with them.
Your Child's First Visit
We recommend that you bring your child to see us as soon as their baby teeth start to erupt, but definitely no later than their first birthday. At this young age, the purpose of a visit is to note any emerging problems and to allow your child to get used to the dentist and the surroundings.
We know that, from a child’s perspective, a visit to the dentist can be a pretty overwhelming event. They’re in a strange place with people they don’t know, surrounded by equipment that is scary just to look at.
But at Summit Dental, we take extra care with your child, because we don’t believe that a dental visit needs to be anything less than a positive, fun experience. There are already too many children and adults who did not get off to a good start with their dental care.
Making Your Child Comfortable
Our professional team will make your child feel special and welcome from the moment they arrive. We think it’s a good idea for you to bring your child in for a quick visit, just to see the office and meet our friendly staff. This way, when they’re ready for their first “official” visit, they’re at least familiar with the setting.
We always start your child’s visits off in a very conservative manner. During the first visit, we will just let your child sit in the dental chair or in your lap if they’re more comfortable. We can do a “pretend” exam of your teeth so they see there’s nothing to be afraid of.
At this point, they should be familiar with us and the surroundings. We go out of our way to make these visits fun, because a positive start leads to a lifetime of excellent oral health care. Please contact our Dillon dental office for more information about your child's first visit.
We recommend that you schedule your child’s first visit to our Summit dental office as soon as their baby teeth start to appear, but definitely no later than their first birthday. You may wonder why we need to see them so soon, and the reason is that we need to start their oral health care as soon as possible to avoid problems later on.
Your children’s baby teeth may not seem very important since they are lost anyway. But it’s important for you to know that these first teeth are actually placeholders for the child’s permanent teeth. It is essential to your child’s oral health that baby teeth are strong and healthy.
If Your Child Develops a Cavity
If your child develops a cavity in a baby tooth, we need to fill it as quickly as possible to prevent further decay. Losing a baby tooth prematurely can put your child’s future oral health at risk because it impacts the proper development of their permanent teeth.
Drs. Hilton and Marcincin understand that children require special attention, and they do everything necessary to put the child (and mom and dad!) at ease. We want your child to learn to enjoy dental visits so that they feel good about seeing the dentist and taking care of their teeth.
Please contact our Summit dental office, and a member of our caring professional team will be happy to make an appointment for your child’s very important first visit!
Many parents are surprised when we recommend that a child see us while they still have their baby teeth. It might seem unnecessary because they will lose these teeth anyway, but it is actually a very important time in the child’s dental development.
Healthy Development of Permanent Teeth
Caring for your child’s baby teeth plays a crucial role in ensuring their future oral health. Baby teeth can become decayed just like permanent teeth. When this happens it is critical that the decay be removed and the cavity filled. Left untreated, the decay may need to tooth loss, affecting the healthy development of their permanent teeth.
Fostering A Good Relationship with the Dentist
Also, most adults who suffer with dental anxiety have had a negative experience in childhood that makes them feel stressed about going to the dentist. The sooner you get your child used to visits with Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin, the more likely they are to develop a positive attitude toward trips to see the dentist.
Our Summit Dental Team are very experienced in working with children, and we go out of our way to make sure they see visits to our office as enjoyable and positive. If you have questions about the proper timeline for your child’s dental care, please contact our office.