When Should Children Start Going to the Dentist?

Implant, Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Aurora, Centennial, Parker, Green Valley Ranch & Nearby Areas of Colorado

Posted: July 8, 2019
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Dr. Justin Blatz of Highpoint Dental in Aurora Colorado with some of our pediatric patientsAt Highpoint Dental, we encourage parents to start bringing their little ones to the office for cleanings, examinations, and pediatric dentistry services around the age of three. By this age, a majority of your child’s baby teeth will have erupted and, hopefully, a daily oral hygiene habit has been developed. Visiting our office around this time allows Dr. Baltz and Dr. Rowe to show your child that there is nothing frightening about the dentist – a key part in preventing the development of dental phobia – while allowing us to evaluate your child’s oral health, address any concerns, and make suggestions and offer solutions for optimizing at-home routines. 

Our kid-friendly dentistry practice is stocked with amenities including clean and safe toys in a dedicated play area, kids music and movies, and comforts such as blankets and refreshments. We truly care about the comfort and happiness of each child we see and take every care to ensure our youngest patients feel safe and cared for at each stage of their visit. To us, “we treat you like family” isn’t a tagline, it’s a core philosophy. It is our absolute pleasure to extend this level of gentle, attentive, individualized care to each person who walks through our doors.

Pediatric Dentistry Services

A Young Patinet Receiving Pediatric Dentistry Services at Highpoint Dental in Aurora ColoradoChildren’s dentistry services available at Highpoint Dental include:

  • Routine cleanings and examinations
  • Dental sealants
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Cavity treatment

While our gentle and playful approach helps younger patients feel comfortable, we understand that some treatments can feel, just by their nature, a bit frightening. If your child is nervous or anxious about dental treatment, we would be happy to discuss the option of free nitrous oxide in cases where appropriate. Please be sure to ask about this if you believe it is something your child may need. We are conservative in our application of this service, but can safely provide some level of assisted comfort, even for younger patients.

Is Fluoride Safe for Kids?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of cavities when added to drinking water and toothpaste. Fluoride treatments involve applying a thin layer of concentrated fluoride to the teeth to help strengthen enamel and combat decay. This process is safe for children and at-risk adults and is recommended by the American Dental Association, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization. If you have concerns about fluoride, we would be happy to discuss them with you during your next appointment.

How Often Should Children Brush Their Teeth?

The children’s dentistry services offered by Dr. Rowe and Dr. Baltz are incredibly useful, but can only do so much. Optimizing your child’s daily routine is essential for long-term oral health now and into the future.

Just like adults, kids should brush teeth after every meal and any sticky or sweet snack. Try to minimize your child’s intake of sweetened treats, even dried fruits and fruit juices, that increase chances for tooth decay, and be sure to set the example by eating well and brushing your own teeth every day. It can be helpful to brush your teeth with your kiddo to model ideal behavior, and don’t forget to visit us yourself, every six months, so we can make sure your teeth and supporting structures are healthy, brilliant, and bright all year round.

Contact Our Family Dentistry Practice

Highpoint Dental offers appointments from early morning to early evening, Monday through Friday, and can schedule multiple members of your family concurrently for optimal convenience. We offer appointments on Saturday as well to provide busy families the options they need to make dentist appointments happen. Please call us at 303-617-9100 to schedule your next appointment today.

Located in Aurora, Highpoint Dental welcomes patients from all surrounding metro areas including Littleton and Centennial.