At Fair Lakes Family Dentistry, Dr. Pettey, Dr. Nail, and their team love seeing the smiles of children in the office. We offer comprehensive pediatric care for children of all ages, as well as education on proper brushing techniques and how to keep up oral health care at home. Our team has a gentle, friendly manner and everyone uses kid-friendly language to help your child understand what is going on in his or her mouth.
Parents, is your child nervous about going to the dentist? We welcome you to come into the treatment room with them to help ease their nerves.
- Comprehensive Pediatric Services
- Pediatric Exams & Cleanings
- Fluoride Treatments
- Protective Sealants
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers!
When Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children visit the dentist when their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday, whichever comes first.
What Can I Expect at My Child’s First Dental Visit?
We invite parents to bring their children by for a visit to our Cypress dental office prior to their first appointment with us. This gives them and you the opportunity to meet our team. Use positive words and body language when talking to your child about going to the dentist to help make the experience more enjoyable for your child. Positive dental experiences in childhood lead to higher quality oral health later in life, so we encourage you to tell your child how fun their appointment will be.
At their appointment, our team will take time to get to know you and your child and their dental and overall health history, as well as to address any questions or concerns you might have.
How Do I Care for My Child’s Teeth at Home?
We recommend that you begin brushing your child’s teeth daily as soon as his or her first tooth erupts. Once they are old enough to not swallow it, begin using a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. Children will eventually transition to brushing their own teeth, but we suggest supervising to make sure they’re brushing thoroughly. Cypress dentist Dr. Pettey and Dr. Nail are happy to help your child learn proper brushing techniques, which includes removing plaque from all surfaces, in addition to caring for the gums and tongue.
Don’t forget to floss, too! Begin flossing when your child has two teeth that touch. Dental flossers are great for use with children.
What Can I Do to Prevent Cavities?
Bacteria and leftover food particles can lead to decay and cavities in your child’s teeth. To help prevent cavities in infants, the AAPD recommends using a “smear” (size of a piece of rice) of toothpaste that contains fluoride to clean and strengthen teeth once they’ve erupted. This small amount is safe for your baby, even if swallowed. Try to avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle of anything but water to avoid letting damaging particles sit on their teeth too long. When your child is older, make sure they brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Limit the number of sugary snacks and drinks.
The AAPD recommends that children begin a six-month schedule for dental cleanings and exams starting when they turn one year old. Routine visits let our Cypress dental team ensure your child’s oral health with fluoride treatments and protective sealants when necessary.
My Child is a Thumb Sucker. Will This Affect Their Teeth?
In short, yes. Problems with bite and overall facial development can be affected by prolonged sucking of pacifiers or thumbs. If possible, we recommend that you encourage your child to stop all sucking habits by the age of three.