As with many habits we develop in life, starting early is paramount for long term maintenance. This is also true for developing good oral health habits- it pays to start early!
Dr. Trinkner, a family and cosmetic dentist in the Columbia area, suggests that children begin with regular visits for preventive care as soon as the first teeth erupt. Bringing children in early for cleanings and exams lays the foundation for a future of healthy smiles. These visits allow Dr. Trinkner to develop a relationship with his young patients and helps children feel more relaxed and comfortable for future visits and procedures.
Children are just as susceptible to cavities as adults and cavities that are found in their earliest stages are easier to treat- this is another benefit to bringing children in for twice yearly visits. Dr. Trinkner will typically provide the following services for his pediatric patients at their preventive care visits:
- Teeth cleaning
- Fluoride treatment
- Diagnostic x-rays
- Dental caries (cavities) screening
- Periodontal screening
- Examination of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position
As children grow and the permanent teeth come in, Dr. Trinkner may suggest placing sealants on the molars to protect them from developing decay and cavities. This protective barrier will last for several years and help maintain oral health for a growing child. Routine visits to Dr. Trinkner are especially important during the growing years so that digital x-rays and other diagnostics can be done regularly to pick up any developing problems when they are easy to treat.
Parents appreciate the convenience of having all members of the family treated by Dr. Trinkner and children appreciate being able to go to the same dentist as their parents or caregivers.
Contact Dr. Trinkner to schedule a consultation for your family today.