Pediatric Dentistry for Kids
Lake Forest Dental Associates is a family dental practice that serves patients of all ages, including children as young as three. Dr. Tincher, Dr. Razdolsky, and our team work hard to create an environment where patients of all ages will feel comfortable, safe, and happy. At the end of the day, we love seeing children smile!
Why should your child visit the dentist?
We agree with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that children should visit the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. This allows Drs. Tincher and Razdolsky to detect dental caries: the number-one childhood disease. Treating caries early or preventing decay altogether is always our goal.
Why choose Lake Forest Dental Associates for your child’s care?
We believe that going to the dentist should be easy and fun—a family event. Whether your child needs a simple checkup and cleaning or an advanced procedure, we practice Tell-Show-Do: we tell your child what we are going to do, show your child all the equipment and what it is used for, and then do the procedure. We find that this method eliminates the fear of the unknown and puts children at ease, as they are never surprised by anything we do. When Tell-Show-Do isn’t quite enough to relieve your child’s dental fear, we also offer nitrous oxide “laughing gas” to ease anxiety.
It’s best to teach kids good oral hygiene habits at a young age, and to use language and techniques that make sense to them. Kids at Lake Forest Dental Associates love to learn how to brush teeth properly on our big-toothed lion, feel accomplished when they join our No Cavity Club, and our stickers and toys always make them smile. As parents themselves, Drs. Tincher and Razdolsky know just how to help kids have fun while gaining a lifetime of great oral health.
Caring for Your Child’s Teeth at Home
Home hygiene starts the moment your child’s first tooth erupts. As more and more teeth appear, look for lines and discoloration, as that can signal decay. You should brush your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth arrives. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by your child’s dentist.
Sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so make sure that your child brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and Drs. Tincher and Razdolsky will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact us immediately.
If you ever have questions about your child’s health or the best ways to care for his or her teeth, don’t hesitate to contact our Lake Forest dentists, Drs. Tincher and Razdolsky.