Good habits start early. When it comes to children’s dental health, it is important to establish routines early. This should include daily brushing and flossing, combined with regular professional dental cleanings, and routine dental visits.
Dr. Alexander provides dental care for the whole family including pediatric dentistry for children starting at age three that are comfortable in a general practice environment. Children younger than three may be seen by special appointment or for emergency care.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has made children’s oral health a priority. Early childhood caries (cavities) is the number one chronic disease among children. For this reason, it is important to get your child to the dentist early and continue with a regular routine of visits.
Tooth decay can be prevented with proper care. During the dental cleaning, our hygienist will remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the teeth and gums. We can provide fluoride treatments and place sealants, when necessary, to help protect teeth. Our staff can also make recommendations to parents about at home care and other important topic such as thumb sucking, orthodontics, and wisdom teeth.
It is not uncommon for children to experience anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist. One of the best ways to combat this fear is to not be anxious yourself. Children learn by example and can detect the emotions and anxiety of their parents or caretakers.
A child’s dental health is important to their overall long-term health. If you have questions about pediatric dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment for your child, contact pediatric dentist Dr. Alexander in Jacksonville today.