Pediatric Care

Cosmetic and Family Dentist in Raleigh

Your child’s first visit to Fusion Dental Care

Once your child has their first teeth coming through the gums around the age of 6-8 months old, it is time to start with the first of regular visits to a dentist. In this first visit, there will rarely be any treatment, and the visit may be for a short period of time. You may be asked to sit in the dental chair and to hold the child in your lap for the required examination by the dentist. Some dentists may ask you to wait in reception so that a relationship can be built between the dentist and your child, but here at Fusion Dental Care, we welcome all parents and guardians to be present at all times.  In fact, this first visit is mostly for you and we have a special program called bOHP (Baby Oral Health Program) that we will be presenting to you.

The bOHP Program believes that:  “Every infant and child is worthy of the opportunity to benefit from contemporary knowledge and measures that will improve their oral health, overall health, and health trajectory. With oral health as the window to the entire body, early evaluation and education are key to preventing the acquisition and development of oral disease.”

During this examination, in our office, your dentist will examine the gums and teeth of your child. X-rays may be taken to help in detecting any decay and to check how the permanent teeth, which are under the gums, are progressing. Children’s teeth can then be cleaned and topical fluoride applied; an application that can give protection to the teeth against decay. The dentist will also advise on the right way to continue with the use of fluoride in the home. Parents can then be given guidance on the best ways to care for the teeth while you are cleaning them.

What should I do to help my child get ready for their first visit to the dentist?

This is a question our dentists get asked quite often. You can prepare your child for their first visit, in the same way, that you did before their first haircut or even a trip to buy new shoes. The reaction of children to the first visit to a dentist can quite often be surprising.

Here at Fusion Dental Care, we have an amazing program that will help your child love going to the dentist.  From the time you enter our office, you will see a kid zone with toys and chairs for your child to hang out at.  Then when you enter any of our fun decorated and colorful chairs, your child will be given the choice of watching a kid’s show on Netflix or play games on our Apple TVs (with your permission of course).  We also have soft plush pillows and blankets to make your little ones feel right at home.  After a great visit, your child will be rewarded by picking their favorite prize from our treasure chest.

First visit tips:

– A preview of the office, before the visit can be of great help.

– Find a story or book about dentist visits and read it to them.

– Tell them what the first visit to the dentist will involve, and what you expect from them.

– Tell them about the positive effects of your own visits to a dentist.

– Tell them what the dentist will do during this first visit:

– Examine teeth and gums (count their teeth)

– Talk about bad oral habits like thumb sucking.

– Check the need for fluoride.

– Tell you how to clean teeth and gums.

– Suggest periodic visits to the dentist.

Things to avoid:

– using words like “hurt”- (That’s the whole point of taking your child to the dentist early so that we can help you prevent any future pain)

– telling fearful stories from your past or childhood dental experiences (We have the best and most improved technologies to make sure you and your child have the best experience ever!)

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that caries is the most prevalent infectious disease in our nation’s children.

More than 40% of children have caries by the time they reach kindergarten.

Dental caries is a common chronic, disease resulting from tooth-adherent specific bacteria, primarily mutans streptococci (MS), that metabolize sugars to produce acid which, over time, demineralizes tooth structure. This bacteria can be passed from mother to child at birth.

Caries risk assessment for infants allows for the institution of appropriate strategies as the primary dentition emerges in the oral cavity.”

Preventative Care

It is no more necessary that children and tooth decay have to be associated with each other. Dentists in our office will be concerned with the preventive care and all its aspects.The latest techniques in dental sealing are in use in this office, to enhance protection of the teeth of your child. These sealants are plastics developed in the space age and bond to the surfaces of the back teeth that are chewing surfaces that are prone to decay. This sealing can become a foundation for oral health that can last a lifetime.

Prevention of cavities

Cavities can result from a lack of proper brushing and diets high in foods containing sugar. Limiting sugar and regular brushing will help oral health. Children who take a lot of time to chew food have residue on their teeth for longer times, and this increases the chances of developing cavities.

Every meal results in acid reactions in the mouth while the sugar is digested by the bacteria. This reaction can go on for as long as twenty minutes. This acid environment destroys the structure of the tooth and leads to cavities.

Saliva consistency can also play a part; the thinner the saliva, the greater chances of the food being washed down and the saliva breaking up quickly. People who are used to diets with high carbohydrates and sugar content will have thicker saliva, and this then leads to a greater formation of the bacteria that produce acids and which is responsible for cavities.

Cavity prevention tips:

– Avoid frequent meals and snacks.

– Encourage the child to rinse after every meal and to brush and floss regularly.

– Keep them from drinking sodas.

– Avoid food that is sticky.

– Any treat must be part of a meal.

– Snacks must be chosen for their nutritive value.

The first teeth of babies are those two at the bottom and in the front. This can be at the age of 6 to 8 months. This will be followed by the four front upper teeth, and other teeth will follow at regular intervals.  They will come out in pairs on both sides of the jaw, and this will continue until the child is 30 months old.

At the age of 2 1/2, a child should have 20 teeth. Permanent teeth start appearing between the ages of 5 and 6. Baby teeth will be replaced, though this is not a certainty. Some children may develop teeth earlier and others later, and this should not be a cause for worry.

Baby teeth hold the space for permanent teeth but can also help the child to bite and chew, while they also help in speaking and in the overall appearance. A healthy diet and proper oral hygiene can help baby teeth.

If you have any questions at all about our pediatric dentistry practices, please feel free to contact our Raleigh dentist Dr. Hoda Bassiri at (919) 977-7438.