The dentist and staff will provide an age appropriate exam. This includes visually evaluating the teeth, gums and mouth for disease as well as evaluating for any orthodontic concerns that may need attention from an orthodontist. Dr. Sayre treats children exclusively and has numerous techniques for making the dental visit as enjoyable as possible.
X-rays are necessary for the dentist to diagnose cavities that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Decay is often developing between teeth that are touching and cannot be detected visually. By the time the cavity is seen visually it is usually very extensive. Decay that has progressed can cause pain, infection and be more difficult to treat. As a pediatric dental office that only treats children, Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry has smaller X-ray sensors that are more comfortable in a child’s mouth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child sees the dentist once they get their first tooth or by their first birthday. This is important to help your child establish a “dental home” and get comfortable with coming to the dentist at an early age for easy and routine visits. The dentist will also discuss brushing, nursing, diet, bottle use, pacifier use, thumb sucking and answer any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. By discussing and reinforcing good dental habits early on we can increase their chance of being cavity free.