PRLog (Press Release)
- Mar. 6, 2013 -
It is important to keep good dental hygiene practices throughout your life and these habits should begin forming at a young age. One way to get children into good dental habits is by taking them to the dentist for regular visits. Dr. David Wilhite (http://www.davidwilhitedds.com/
) in Plano, Texas provides dental services for children to maintain their oral health as well as teach good dental hygiene practices so that children will form these habits as they grow older. Dr. Wilhite and his staff also help to make young children feel comfortable in their office with perks that include flavored gloves, tooth paste, and other such toys and treats.
The staff of Dr. Wilhite’s dental practice (http://www.davidwilhitedds.com/dental-services/preventati...
) recommends that children start seeing the dentist for routine check-ups at 3 years old, though they will schedule appointments for younger children if there is a concern. During a child’s first visit, they will receive a comprehensive oral exam that consists of a tooth-by-tooth check, a periodontal exam, screening for tooth decay, and check for proper development. This oral exam is followed by a cleaning performed by a hygienist who will also teach children how to effectively floss and brush their teeth. Dr. Wilhite and his staff recommend that children visit the dentist for regular cleanings every six months.
In addition to regular cleanings and check-ups, Dr. Wilhite and his staff also provide dental services for children (http://www.davidwilhitedds.com/dental-care-children
) that include sealants, fluoride, tooth colored fillings, extractions, bonding, crowns, pulpotomies, and Invisalign for teens. These services go beyond the scope of cleaning to ensure that any deeper problems such as cavities and troublesome teeth are resolved. Dr. Wilhite’s staff also shares information with child patients and their parents to further their dental hygiene habits such as proper home care and diet, thumb sucking and pacifier use, and addressing fear to keep children comfortable and at ease during their visits to the dentist. With this information, Dr. Wilhite hopes to provide a level of dental care for children that continues even after they leave his office.
Children should start making routine visits to the dentist for cleanings and check-ups by the age of 3 for optimal oral health. These regular visits will not only promote the oral health of the child, but also encourage children to take responsibility for their own oral health with good dental hygiene practices. Dr. David Wilhite and his staff enjoy watching their young patients grow and provide extra perks to help children feel comfortable during their office visits. Instilling good dental hygiene habits in children at a young age will help them maintain optimal oral health throughout their lives.