Looking for a family dentist in St. Petersburg, Florida can be kind of challenging. It’s not that there aren’t family dentists here, but it’s just difficult to know who will be the best fit for your family. Our recommendation is to make sure that your family dentist truly can see your entire family!
There are a lot of offices out there who claim to be family dentists, but they don’t actually want to see your entire family. At Jeffery A. Spilman, DDS, we believe in seeing each and every member of the family.
Over the next two blogs, we want to explain the different needs of each age group. This will help you know what to expect and how we will approach the members of your family differently.
Why a Great Family Dentist is Important
A great family dentist is a valuable member of every community because of the level of trust they can build. What begins as a young family will eventually grow into grandparents and grandchildren sometimes all seeing the same dentist! This builds important relationships that help kids grow with healthy smiles that will last a lifetime.
Starting at a Young Age
It all starts at a very young age. When you bring your child to our office for the first time, they will be a toddler. Lots of things are happening in those young mouths, like what is listed below!
Learning to Brush – Toddlers are just learning to brush and floss their own teeth. You are probably still doing a lot of it for them, but we can help with lots of encouragement and instructions!
Caring for Toddler Cavities – Toddlers are not immune to cavities. They often don’t get their teeth as clean as they should be, and toddlers love to eat sweets! Some parents have a bad habit of giving their little one a bottle of milk for the crib. Avoid doing this as it bathes your child’s teeth in milk all night, which can lead to decay.
Watching for Bad Habits – We are also looking to help your child break bad habits, like thumb-sucking, that might lead to orthodontic issues down the road.
Once your child is off to school, things really start to get exciting! Their teeth will be changing, and we need to be a part of that process!
Changing Teeth – As your child’s baby teeth fall out and the adult teeth come in, there are a lot of things that could go wrong! We need to keep an eye on those teeth to be sure all of the growing and changing is happening as it should.
Maintaining Good Habits – Going to school means your child is going to be gaining a lot of new responsibility and independence. It’s important that you help your new student maintain good oral health habits with the new schedule!
Watching for Orthodontic Need – One thing we are especially concerned about with children is the need for orthodontics. We will normally find that need during the school age. If we notice an issue, we will help you find a reputable orthodontist to take the next steps with your child.
The final transition for kids is from childhood to adulthood. We call the transition adolescence, and there are some specific things we look for with these patients.
Avoiding Bad Habits – Adolescence is when your child is most likely to begin bad habits like smoking, using tobacco, or getting oral piercings, all of which are harmful for your mouth.
Cosmetic Interest – It’s at this age that we start to see interest in cosmetic adjustments and changes. Be prepared to have those conversations with your teen.
Becoming Independent – This is a really important time for kids because they are experimenting with what it means to be independent. We can be a part of that experience by being a constant in their changing lives. This creates trust and give them a chance to practice making their own decisions with someone who has always know them.
Check Back Next Time!
In our next blog, we will be taking family dentistry to the end of life as we look at dental concerns specific to adults and seniors. Check back with us. In the meantime, contact our office to set up your family’s dental appointments. We can’t wait to meet you all!