Our Rockwall office regularly cares for the routine dental needs of children as young as three years old. However, if you notice that your child has a problem with his or her teeth or gums prior to this age, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. You may also want to bring your child to your dental check-up when he or she is about two or three years old so that your child can become familiar with the sights, sounds and staff in our dental office. Your child’s first independent checkup at age three will involve a tooth-by-tooth inspection. Dr. Fisher and Dr. Zitterich will check for proper growth and development of their teeth and jaws, as well as evaluate for any tooth decay or other areas of concern.
As your child grows, he or she will need regular check-ups and cleaning visits to ensure optimal oral health. Our team will also teach oral home care techniques so that your child can learn how to effectively brush and floss, with your help at first, then on his or her own later. Dr. Fisher and Dr. Zitterich may recommend dental sealants or fluoride supplements to help reduce the chance of cavities in the future. Sealants are thin, clear coatings that protect the deep grooves of hard-to-clean back teeth from the sugars that cause tooth decay. Fluoride attracts other minerals to strengthen tooth enamel and ward off cavities. Because most bottled water does not contain fluoride, your child may be deficient in this essential mineral. Sealants and fluoride supplements are quick and easy protective measures that can save your little one from cavities.
In some cases, we refer children to a Pediatric Dentist, who are specialists in young children’s dentistry. Let us help your children learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age.