Set your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles with the help of our children’s dentist in Richmond!
Along with proper at-home dental care, professional dental visits are paramount for keeping kids’ smiles healthy and strong.
Dr. Julie Cichoracki and her dedicated dental team offer complete kids’ dental care in Richmond. We make sure kids feel comfortable and have fun taking care of their teeth!
When Should a Child First Visit the Dentist?
Your child’s first dental visit should occur by age 1, shortly after the first tooth appears. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. At this visit, our children’s dentist will discuss preventive measures you can take to ensure the best oral health for your child.
Your child’s first cleaning should occur at age 3. We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
Here’s what your child can expect from their first trip to our kids dental clinic:
- The dentist examines their mouth, teeth, and gums.
- Evaluation of adverse habits like thumb sucking.
- Fluoride application if necessary.
- Teach them about cleaning your teeth and gums.
- Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.
Tips for Preparing Kids for Their First Dental Visit
Prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. Your child’s reaction to his first visit to the dentist may surprise you.
Here are some tips to help:
- Take your child for a “preview” of the office.
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences.
Preventative Dental Care for Kids
Tooth decay and children no longer have to go hand in hand. At our office we are most concerned with all aspects of preventive care. We use the latest in dental sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth.
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.
Is your child in need of dental care? Our experienced kids’ dentist is here to help. Dr. Cichoracki and her experienced team love seeing children! Our caring team of professionals take their time with the littlest of patients to ensure that each child has a positive experience in the dental chair.
As a mom and as a dentist, Dr. Cichoracki believes it is important to establish a dental home for each child as early as the first tooth erupts. She works closely with the parents to develop the best preventive care plan for each individual child. You can rest assured that experienced children’s dentist, Dr. Cichoracki, will care for your child’s teeth with gentle hands and with patience.
Schedule your appointment for kids’ dental care in Richmond with Dr. Cichoracki today!