Children's Dentistry in Fremont
There’s nothing more precious to us than our children, and when they smile, we can’t help but smile back. Assisting parents in keeping their kids healthy, happy, and smiling is one of the most rewarding services we provide at James Block Dentistry. Many adults who experience dental fear or anxiety attribute it to an unpleasant childhood dental visit. Our Fremont dental team’s goal is to create positive dental office associations for every child. That all begins with regular visits that allow children to grow accustomed to our office and dental tools, get to know our friendly team, and learn to love brushing, flossing, and smiling.
Frequently Asked Pediatric Dentistry Questions
When it comes to parenting, there are often more questions than answers. At James Block Dentistry, we can at least answer some questions you have about your child’s oral health. Some of our most frequently asked questions include:
When should I schedule my child’s first visit?
The American Dental Association and the James Block Dentistry team recommend making an initial dental appointment as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts or before the first birthday. This may seem like a young age to begin dental treatment, but by starting regular dental visits early, your child grows accustomed to the sights and sounds of the practice. This is the best way to prevent fear, anxiety, and stress during later treatment. The first visit is quick and easy. We examine any erupted teeth, ensure teeth are developing correctly, and answer any questions you may have.
Can I join my child in the treatment room?
You absolutely may join your child in the treatment room. For infants, we typically examine them in their parent’s laps to help children feel at ease. As your child grows, you’re welcome to join us chairside to make your child feel comfortable, ask questions, and discuss potential treatment plans.
Are x-rays safe for kids?
X-rays are extremely safe. Radiation passes through the body quickly, and our state-of-the-art digital x-rays significantly minimize exposure. Compared with traditional x-rays, digital radiography reduces exposure by 90%.
How can I help my kids prevent cavities?
Helping kids prevent cavities is easy. Make sure they brush and floss every day, don’t let them fall asleep with bottles of milk or formula as the sugar can cause tooth decay, ensure kids eat balanced meals, avoid snacking and sugary treats, and bring them to visit us twice a year for dental checkups and cleanings.
How often should children brush and floss?
Just like adults, kids should brush their teeth at least two times each day, and floss at least once. We recommend brushing teeth once in the morning and once at night. Make sure kids are brushing for at least two minutes at a time by using a fun song or video for them to brush along to.
Do teeth develop in a specific order?
In almost all cases primary teeth (sometimes referred to as baby teeth, deciduous teeth, or milk teeth) develop in the same order, and they typically develop in pairs. The first set of teeth to erupt is usually the bottom front two teeth followed by the top front teeth. Then, the two upper and lower teeth on either side of the very front teeth develop. These teeth are called central and lateral incisors. Following the incisors, children typically develop upper and lower first molars. These are the large, flat teeth used for crushing and chewing food. After the molars, upper and lower canines appear between the lateral incisors and first molars. Canines are sharp teeth used for shredding tough foods. Lastly, children develop a 2nd set of molars completing their smile.
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When it’s time for your child’s first dental visit, we hope you’ll trust the family dental team at James Block Dentistry. We offer Fremont families safe, effective, friendly dentistry. Contact our team to schedule an appointment or find out more about our wide variety of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services.