Dr. Greg Reece and the dental care team at Dentistry of the Queen City are passionate about providing high-quality dental care to patients of all ages. We welcome young patients to our office and provide age-appropriate dental care and oral hygiene advice so that growing smiles can develop healthy oral habits. Our family dentist office in Charlotte is your local dental home for the long term maintenance of your child’s smile. We offer the convenience of enabling all members of your family to receive the dental care they need under one roof.
Learn about how to prepare for your child’s first dentist visit and frequently asked questions about children’s dental care below.
Your Child’s First Dentist Visit
During your child’s first visit, Dr. Reece will:
- Examine their teeth and gums
- Address habits like thumb sucking
- Teach your child about cleaning their teeth and gums
- Help you schedule regular dental visits for your child
Dr. Reece may clean your child’s teeth and gums or take x-rays of teeth to track their progress. Before their first visit, you can review what the visit will be like with them and read books about the dentist. Preparing your child for the dentist can make visits more enjoyable for them and can encourage healthy dental habits.
FAQS: Dental Care for Children
Q. How important are primary teeth?
A. Primary or “baby” teeth help children speak, chew, and also help to form a path for permanent future teeth. Primary teeth need to be taken care of because cavities and infection can lead to possible dental concerns and other health problems.
Q. How do you care for primary teeth?
A. As soon as your child’s first tooth shows, they can be cleaned with a wet washcloth or wet gauze. If a toothbrush is used, it should be an infant toothbrush so that it is the correct size for your child.
Q. Where does decay on the primary teeth occur most often?
A. The upper front teeth or the upper primary molars found furthest back in the mouth are the most prone to decay. These primary teeth should also be flossed to clean between them.
Q. When should I start using toothpaste on my child’s teeth?
A. Even before teeth come in, you should use an infant toothbrush or wet washcloth to clean your child’s gums. When teeth do come in, you should use a small amount of toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth twice a day.
Schedule an Appointment
Are your child’s first teeth showing? Call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704.486.8911 to schedule your child’s first dentist visit. We pride ourselves in providing comfortable and comprehensive dental care in our Charlotte, NC office.