Dr. Lebedoff

5314 S. Yale Ave. Suite 1100
Tulsa, OK 74135

Children's Dentistry In Tulsa

 
Children's Dentistry

Baby teeth serve a vital role in your child's development. Caring for them is essential!

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Your Child's First Dental Visit

When making important decisions about your children’s health and well-being, don’t forget about their teeth and gums. Compared to kids with poor oral health, children who establish good oral hygiene habits at a young age are more likely to continue excellent brushing and flossing as adults, experience far fewer dental problems throughout life, maintain a positive self-image, and perform better in school. As a parent, you play a vital role in helping kids establish proper dental care — and smiles — that last a lifetime.

It’s also very important for you as a parent to keep the visit a low-stress event and not get them worked up about it. Try to refrain from using words that could cause unnecessary panic, such as “needle” or “drill.” We have a great deal of experience in treating nervous kids and can explain what’s happening in a positive and non-threatening way.

We will record the child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining good dental health with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!

Early dental care prevents dental diseases and chronic illness.

Developing good oral hygiene is also the first line of defense against many common dental issues, such as plaque, gum disease, and cavities. Studies show that dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S., and left untreated, may lead to pain and infection that cause problems with speaking, eating and overall health.

It's important to start your children's regular dental visits early in their childhood. After your child has had their third birthday, you should schedule their first "regular" dental visit. You can prepare your child by reading books about going to the dentist, brushing and counting your teeth together, and even bringing your child to our Tulsa, OK dental office in so they can meet Dr. Lebedoff, our team and see how welcoming our practice is. It helps to turn it into a fun visit where they come early and play with the toys.

Their first dental visit is usually very short and involves very little if any treatment. We often ask parents to simply sit in the dental chair and hold their child during the examination. You may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a natural, trusting relationship can be built between your child, Dr. Lebedoff, and our staff.

During their dental exam, Dr. Lebedoff will gently examine your child's teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to look for decay and check on the progress of your child's permanent teeth under the gums). We may also clean your child's teeth if needed, and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay.

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When Should Children Start Brushing?

Your child's dental care should start in infancy. It should start first by gently cleaning their gums with a clean, damp cloth after feedings. By the time their first tooth appears, you should be ready with a tiny toothbrush and approved pediatric toothpaste.

The first baby teeth that appear are usually the two bottom front teeth. You will notice them erupting when your baby is about 6-8 months old. Next to follow will be the 4 upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby's teeth will appear periodically; usually in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.

By the age of 2 1/2 years old, your child should have all 20 of their baby teeth. Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth, and some don't. Don't worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different!

Your child's baby teeth are not merely "placeholders," and they are not "disposable." Maintaining the health of your child's baby teeth sets a precedent for a lifetime of proper oral hygiene, and keeps the gums and the permanent teeth housed below the gum-line in good shape.

Cavity Prevention Techniques

We offer sealants for children's teeth to lessen the risk of decay starting in the crevices of their baby teeth. These sealants take only a few moments to apply, are painless, and serve as an additional barrier against bacteria.

Our team will also review proper at home oral care with you, to ensure that appropriate brushing and flossing is being done daily and that the child is receiving sufficient fluoride at home to protect their teeth.

We also recommend your child's diet choices at home and school be healthy food. You can help them:

When making important decisions about your children’s health and well-being, don’t forget about their teeth and gums. Compared to kids with poor oral health, children who establish good oral hygiene habits at a young age are more likely to continue excellent brushing and flossing as adults, experience far fewer dental problems throughout life, maintain a positive self-image, and perform better in school. As a parent, you play a vital role in helping kids establish proper dental care — and smiles — that last a lifetime.

Teach children the importance of good oral hygiene.

The good news is that cavities are almost entirely preventable with regular visits to the dentist and consistent dental care at home. Parents can help their children maintain healthy teeth and gums by encouraging the following habits:

Establish a healthy relationship with your child’s dentist.

Finally, one of the most important ways to maintain a healthy smile for your children is to schedule regular checkups with their dentist. Choose a dentist who understands the unique development of children’s smiles and specializes in dentistry for kids — from infancy through adolescence. Following a thorough cleaning and evaluation, your child’s dentist can discuss cleaning techniques for keeping your kid’s teeth cavity-free, as well as answer any questions concerning your child’s oral health.

Schedule your child’s dental visit today.

Have more questions about dental health for kids? At Skyview Family Dental in Tulsa, our children and family dentists have the experience and commitment to educate young patients and their parents on good oral hygiene. Together, we can establish a firm foundation for a lifetime of good dental health. Contact Skyview Family Dental to learn more about children’s dental health, and schedule your child’s visit today!

Is your child ready to start visiting the dentist? When you set up the appointment, ask about a preview visit as well. Call our office at (918) 492-3003 .

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