Does Dr. Sligh see children?
Our office would love to treat your whole family, children included!
When do children need to start seeing Dr. Sligh?
The sooner the better, but certainly by age two. An early dental visit lets Dr. Sligh examine your child’s teeth and gums to make sure there are no early problems. Your child’s first visit may just be to get them comfortable with the office, or for a quick examination.
At Clay Sligh DDS, fostering trust with children at an early age, while helping them develop excellent at-home oral hygiene habits, is our primary goal. Our children’s dentistry practice encompasses a broad base of services and treatments that allows Dr. Clay Sligh to help care for and maintain your child’s oral health as they grow and develop. These include:
- Infant oral health exams
- Digital x-rays and cleanings
- Fluoride treatments
- Diagnosis and safe treatment of dental disorders
- Orthodontic evaluation
- Care for dental injuries
How Do I Prevent Cavities?
Good oral hygiene removes bacteria and the leftover food particles that combine to create cavities. For infants, use a soft bristled brush or a wet gauze to remove the plaque from teeth and gums. Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water.
For older children, brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day for those teeth that are touching each other. Also, watch the number of snacks containing sugar that you give your children.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends visits every six months to the dentist, beginning at your child’s first birthday. Routine visits will start your child on a lifetime of good dental health.
Your dentist may also recommend protective sealants to your child’s permanent molars to prevent decay on hard to clean surfaces.