Pediatric Dentistry in Columbus, MS
Bringing your child in for his or her first dental appointment is a landmark moment for your family!
It can be a bit scary—for both parent and child—so we encourage parents to start children's dental care when kids are very young. We recommend what the American Dental Association recommends: Bring your child to the dentist for his or first appointment at age one or when that first tooth erupts.
Studies show that children who visit the family dentist regularly while growing up tend to visit the dentist regularly as adults. If you are a bit anxious about bringing your child to the dentist, just be confident in the fact that you are setting him or her up for a lifetime of good oral health.
At Shipp Family Dentistry, we love treating kids. Since we offer dentistry for all ages, your whole family can enjoy the convenience of a full-service dentist for everyone, regardless of age.
What to Expect During Your Child's Visit with Dr. Shipp
If you have ever brought your young children into our office while you had an appointment, they should already have some familiarity with the sights, sounds, and smells of the dentist office. When it comes time for their chance to take a spin in the dental chair, however, it's normal that you both might feel a bit anxious.
We enjoy treating children, and from the very first time your child comes into our dentist office, we will do what we can to ensure the experience is pleasant. We will conduct a quick examination of your child’s mouth and teeth, checking for any potential problems. If you have any concerns, be sure to bring those up at this time.
We will also spend some time talking about proper oral hygiene at home. Depending on the age of your child, it might be your responsibility to ensure brushing and flossing are done correctly. Kids don't have the dexterity to do it properly themselves until they are a bit older.
We offer fluoride treatments for children to help prevent cavities. We can also apply dental sealants, which provide protection on both the primary molars and premolars.
Your child most likely won't need x-rays until the age of six or seven, but by that time, he or she should feel pretty comfortable in the dental chair.
Taking Care of Oral Health at Any Age
Bringing children to the dentist regularly is just one part of the equation for good oral health.
Brush and floss your teeth with your children so they can learn how to take care of their own teeth. Talk to them about visiting the dentist and about what will happen there.
If there is any anxiety beforehand, that can often be quelled by letting them know what to expect. If you have dental anxiety, however, try not to let your children see that. In this case, it might be best to let us do the talking. You can also check out books from the library to introduce the idea of positive dental visits. Ask Dr. Shipp for some recommendations!