Our general and family dentistry practice provides complete dental care for your whole family. Dr. Weiss provides a full spectrum of “gentle” dental care including preventative, periodontal, pedodontic, restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry procedures.
We use advanced dental techniques in a relaxed, caring environment. Whether you’re seeing us for a routine cleaning or a full mouth restoration, you will consistently be treated with the highest level of personal attention where your needs will always come first.
We love treating kids! Our staff is very experienced in relating to children.
We recommend seeing children beginning between the ages of 2 and 3. We try to make this a “fun” relaxed visit for your child to create a pleasant and positive experience. Our pediatric patients actually look forward to future visits and meeting us again!
Taking care of your children’s teeth begins early. You should start cleaning your infant’s teeth as soon as the first teeth develop. At first, you can just use a wash cloth to clean your infant’s teeth. As more teeth come in, you can use a soft children’s toothbrush.
Keep in mind that most brands of kid’s toothpaste are fluoridated. They just have different flavors and popular characters on them to make them more fun for children, but that doesn’t make it safe for your children to swallow too much of the toothpaste.
If you’re using fluoride toothpaste, use a small, pea-size amount of toothpaste, so that there is little danger of your child getting too much fluoride if swallowed. Begin to encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste at a young age.
The timing of the first visit to the dentist is a little controversial. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that children should see a dentist when they get their first tooth and not later than 1 year of age. In contrast, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, unless your child has risk factors for having problems with his teeth, such as sleeping with a cup or bottle, teeth staining, thumb sucking, etc., the first visit to our office should be around the third birthday.
An early visit to the dentist is a good way to learn proper oral hygiene at an early age, including avoiding nighttime bottles of formula or juice, proper tooth brushing, and a diet that promotes good dental health.
You should also talk Dr. Weiss about using sealants in your school age child. A sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the teeth, hardens, and provides a barrier against plaque and other harmful substances. Sealants can be applied to the 1st and 2nd permanent molars to help protect the grooves and pits of these hard-to-clean, cavity-prone teeth. Sealants can also be applied to appropriate premolars as soon as possible after they erupt (usually after 6 years of age).
Flossing is an important part of good dental hygiene. You can usually begin flossing once your child is about 3-4 years old, but they likely won’t be able to floss on their own until they are 8-10 years old.
In addition to teaching your children the importance of regular brushing and flossing, routine visits to the dentist and a healthy diet, it is important that you set a good example by also practicing also practicing good dental hygiene.
Contact our dental office today at 410-666-9266 to schedule an appointment.