Good Dental Care Is Kids' Stuff
As school-age kids mature, so do their teeth. Permanent teeth begin to emerge in early primary school years. Choices you AND your kids make over the next 8 to 10 years regarding oral hygiene, lifestyle habits, diet, sports, and yes, by the teenage years, vanity, all make huge impacts on the health of the teeth your child will take into adulthood and have, hopefully, throughout their adult life.
How Often Should You Visit Us?
Once we've established a baseline evaluation for your child's oral health, we'll make a recommendation for ongoing treatment, if necessary. At a minimum, your child should visit us every six months through his/her school years. Some children will need more frequent visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, or other individual factors.
Even if your child has never had a cavity, he/she should visit twice each year. Cleanings help remove debris that could cause additional problems, and your Bright Smiles of Winter Haven dentist can make recommendations, when necessary, for additional fluoride, sealants, or needed dietary changes to improve your oral health. Besides, we really DO miss seeing you if more than 6 months pass without a visit.
Your Dental Home
Bright Smiles of Winter Haven wants to be your dental home and improve your family's dental care and health. We focus FIRST on prevention. A dental home is the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way.
As your child's dental home, we can better provide you and your family:
- An accurate risk assessment for oral diseases and conditions;
- An individualized preventive dental health program based on risk assessment;
- Anticipatory guidance about growth and development issues (eg, maxillofacial and dentoalveolar development);
- A proactive plan for addressing emergency dental trauma management if the need arises;
- Information regarding care of teeth and oral soft tissues;
- Nutrition and dietary counseling;
- Comprehensive oral health care; and
- Referrals to dental specialists such as endodontists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, and periodontists when care cannot be provided directly by Bright Smiles of Winter Haven.