Here at Friendswood Family Dental we’re a family-friendly practice and welcome children of all ages with a friendly, calm and positive environment.
Your child will learn about caring for their teeth in a way they can understand. We like to make their appointment that extra bit special by inviting them to watch their favorite show during treatment, plus rewards and show bags to take home.
Your child's first visit
Your child’s appointment is tailored to their personality and age. We want them to go home feeling really positive about visiting us, so we use lots of encouraging, positive language to help build trust and make their visit enjoyable.
Our dental professionals will count their teeth, teach them how to brush and, if your child is over the age of two, we will also perform a clean, fluoride treatment, and take any necessary x-rays. We also examine your child’s face and jaw for signs of mal-alignment. We’ll then show your little one techniques to help get the length of time for effective brushing right.
By around age 7, most malocclusions have become evident. Interceptive orthodontic treatment around this time can help direct proper tooth positioning and/or jaw growth, eliminating or simplifying the need for later treatment.
There are many orthodontic problems that can be detected early and are examples of why a trained professional should evaluate your child during his/her growth and development.
Frequently Asked Questions
A good time to bring your child for their first visit should is at around 12 months of age or at the first eruption of their teeth. However it is never too late to have a first visit.
A check-up every six months is recommended in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems. If needed, we can discuss a customized plan based on your child’s dental needs.
Dental x-rays (also called radiographs) present very little risk. We are especially careful to minimize the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. Lead aprons and 100% digital equipment are used to ensure safety and limit the amount of exposure to the absolute minimal possible.
Sealants work by filling in the crevasses of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This helps prevent food particles becoming lodged in the teeth and causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect your child’s teeth for many years.
A soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day before bedtime. We can provide you with a free brush suitable for your baby.
Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, your dentist can discuss a plan with you.
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. Tooth whitening is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
Baby teeth (or first teeth) are important because they help children chew comfortably and speak clearly. They also assist in creating the path that permanent teeth follow when they erupt.
Prior to the ages of two to three years you can clean your child's teeth with just water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. At around three years of age, it’s a good time to introduce a small amount of toothpaste to your child’s brushing routine. Ensure you observe your child and make sure that no more than a pea-sized amount is used. Encourage your child to spit out excess toothpaste after brushing.
Aside from ensuring your child has a balanced diet appropriate for their age, it’s also important to limit the servings of sugars and starches in their daily diet. Sugar hides in all sorts of everyday foods such as tomato sauce, dairy foods and juices. It’s a good idea to check food labels and avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar.
First, rinse the aggravated area with warm salt water and rest a cold compress against the face if it is swollen. Offer child-suitable pain relief if needed and make an appointment with us as soon as possible.
Soft plastic mouthguards can be made for your child to protect their teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from a sport related injury. A custom-fitted mouthguard is significantly more effective than generic options.
The most important thing to do is to remain calm and composed. Try to find the tooth. Hold it by the crown instead of the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk. Contact us or just stop in for further instructions.
Again, remain calm and contact us immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the appointment.