Covell Family Dental welcomes the whole family and patients of all ages. Dr. Kim and his team believe that successful oral health starts with good habits starting at a young age and are dedicated to the dental health of the youngest of patients. They understand that children can be anxious (as well as their parents), and try to provide a comfortable environment so the child can feel safe and at ease.
Child’s First Visit
The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that a child’s first visit to the dentist take place at age one or within six months of the first tooth eruption. The first visit is called a "happy visit" and is meant to be a positive first experience for the child in a dental setting with a review of good oral hygiene habits. As a parent, you may feel nervous about how your child may do, but the staff at Covell Family dental love children and are dedicated to making their visits as stress free and comfortable as possible.
Primary teeth, better known as baby teeth, are crucial not just for chewing or speaking, but also as placeholders for permanent teeth, and it is never too early to start implementing lifelong habits of good oral care.
The American Academy of Pediatric dentistry recommends that, starting at birth, gums should be gently wiped everyday with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Once teeth erupt, twice daily brushing with a tiny smear of fluoridated toothpaste is recommended. Starting around age three, a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste is suggested. Flossing is also recommended once teeth are contacting each other. This will help prevent plaque build up between teeth.
We offer sealants which are made of a resin material, excellent for filling in and crevasses in teeth that are susceptible to plaque food particle build up which can lead to cavities.
We also offer topical fluoride treatments in gel or foam form, which is applied to the teeth surfaces to strengthen enamel and make teeth more resistant to cavities. Yolo County water is unfluoridated, with the exception of West Sacramento. You can ask Dr. Kim if you have any questions about oral fluoride supplements.
A healthy balanced diet and limiting sweets is another important aspect of prevention of decay in children.
If it is time for your infant or child’s first appointment, or if you have any concerns, please contact us. We at Covell Family Dental are looking forward to meeting you and your child and helping him or her embark on a lifetime of good oral health. We want your child to know that a trip to the dentist can be fun and easy!