Children’s Dentist Charlotte
An Opportunity for Young Smiles to Thrive
A child’s first trip to the dentist can have a lasting impact on their dental health for years to come! Because some cavities are unavoidable even in the presence of excellent oral hygiene and a good diet, your child should see your Charlotte children's dentist within one year of the eruption of the first tooth. At Holt Family Dentistry, we prefer to see kids aged 4 and above. On this first visit, Dr. Gordon-Holt will check your child’s teeth and give you prevention strategies to help ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Why Choose Holt Family Dentistry for Children’s Dentistry?
- Two Dental Experts with Decades of Experience
- Patient-Friendly & Comfort-Focused Approach
- Personalized Attention to Help Children Feel at Ease
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
The first visit will start with a review of your child’s medical and dental history. You are welcome to accompany your child into the treatment area for our initial exam. After a comprehensive examination, any dental findings and treatment will be directly discussed with you. Dental X-rays are then taken, if necessary, followed by oral hygiene instruction and a professional teeth cleaning. If young patients are reluctant for either the cleaning or X-rays, we may postpone that portion of the appointment. We want to make your child’s first appointment a positive experience to set the tone for future appointments.
Here are some tips for helping this first visit be successful:
- Practice opening wide and looking at or counting teeth
- Don’t use “bad” words such as hurt, pain, drill, and shot, as your child may dwell on these images
- Don’t tell your child about unpleasant dental experiences you may have had as a youngster (you will be surprised how different dentistry is now)
How Can I Help My Child Prevent Cavities?
- Brush twice a day and floss once a day
- Help or supervise your child’s brushing and flossing until he/she can do it well (usually age 7 for brushing and 9 for flossing)
- Eat balanced meals
- Avoid constant snacking throughout the day
- Avoid sipping on sweet drinks (juice, soda, Gatorade) for long periods of time
- Using an electric toothbrush is encouraged