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Dentistry for Kids

Adorable and young Black girl sitting in a dental chair and smiling at her older white dentist and white dental assistantParents everywhere are always concerned about their children. They worry about making the right decisions in their care. Parents wonder about making the right choices in their children’s diet, seeing doctors regularly, and wearing a helmet to ensure they are safe while riding their bikes or skateboard. There is always concern about their teeth too. Those are just a few examples of things parents worry about. Thus, how can parents help keep their children’s smiles healthy and bright? Easy, they teach them how to brush and floss their teeth. They also need to take them to the dentist. However, what age should they start?

Well, that is easy. The earlier the better. It really is never too early to bring them to the dentist. Why? Because the earlier they come in the more comfortable they will be when they come for exams and cleanings. Many people have concerns about going to the dentist, but if they come in when they are young, it lowers the likelihood of developing any concerns about the dentist. Also, by learning the proper way to floss and brush, their dental care habits will carry through to their adult life. Our staff will also counsel children on foods and beverages they should avoid. We will also perform an examination to identify any issues in need of treatment to avoid invasive procedures later.

Those parents who would like to know more about how to help their children care for their teeth should come to the office at Barnes Dental. Our office always makes sure every child has a good first experience at the dentist.

What Age Should My Child Come to the Dentist?

Believe it or not, the American Dental Association, along with the Academy of Pediatrics recommends a child’s first visit should occur before they reach one year old. This might seem early, but in reality, it is not. The earlier a child begins to properly care for his or her teeth, the better the chances are for them to avoid cavities. We also strive to educate parents on how to teach their children how to properly brush and floss too. They can provide a great example for their children.

Is Pediatric Dentistry Important?

Though shocking, tooth decay is the most often diagnosed condition in children. The sad thing is tooth decay is the only disease which can be completely avoided simply by brushing and flossing each day, morning and night.

When a study, conducted by the University of Washington, was published, the results were shocking. It showed the sad state of children’s oral health. They found that 40% of children in the study had to deal with tooth decay before they reached kindergarten. Surprisingly enough, 60% of those with tooth decay experienced cavities in multiple teeth.

Simply by brushing and flossing, children have the power to minimize their chances of developinig tooth decay. It only takes a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes at night to avoid the nightmares that can come with tooth decay.

Any parent interested in discussing their child’s oral health should come to our office located in Portland, OR. We can also be reached at this number (971) 441-5520.

Contact Us

Barnes Dental
7325 SW Barnes Rd.,
Portland, OR 97225-6119
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Office Hours

Every Other Friday
9:00 am-2:00 pm
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Dentistry for Kids • SW Portland
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