Kids are the future of our country and it’s important that they learn how to take proper care of their teeth. From that very first tooth to the day they need braces, we are here to provide all of their dental care needs with the utmost professionalism. We teach children about their teeth and how important it is that they brush and floss daily to keep them healthy. We know that kids are active and accidents will happen so we also offer emergency dentistry in the event it is needed. We also offer whitening services and can replace a lost or missing tooth quickly and permanently.
At what age should my child see the dentist?
Your child should come to see Dr. Yamamoto around the time they turn three years old. You can bring them in earlier if you have questions about developing teeth, but otherwise you can schedule an appointment right around their third birthday. We like to start educating them about their teeth early on before they start having tooth problems.
The first time they visit we like to give them a tour and show them the “big chair” and what the instruments look like that the doctor uses. We explain everything in an easy-to-understand way because we want your child to feel comfortable and not be afraid to come to the dentist’s office–now and in the future. We will give them a cleaning and show them proper brushing techniques to start them off on the right foot.
We know that kids who are afraid of the dentist will avoid going when they are older and that can lead to a history of dental problems. We try to make dental visits fun for kids and show them that there is nothing to be afraid of because we want them to avoid a future full of toothaches and root canals by getting the right care for their teeth.
When your child is a little older and in school, we may recommend more services such as fluoride treatments and sealants for their teeth. These treatments help seal and protect their teeth, making them less prone to cavities and tooth decay. We can also advise you on protective equipment for kids who are active in sports. The right mouth guard helps prevent injuries.
If you are currently a patient of Dr. Yamamoto’s, you are welcome to bring your child in with you to your appointments so they can see that mommy and daddy come to the same place and it isn’t as scary as they may have thought. Building important relationships is good for them as they grow and become little people. Dr. Yamamoto is famous for using a Kermit the Frog puppet to provide children with a fun and positive experience at the dental office.