Dr. Srinivasan believes dental care treatments should begin at an early age. She encourages families to begin regular visits to the dentist early to promote habits of good hygiene and of seeing the dentist regularly. Although she is not a pediatric specialist, she enjoys treating children and families as part of her general practice and through her volunteer work in the community.
Dental Care Tips for Parents
At around 6 months of age a child’s teeth will begin to erupt. At age 2, baby molars will start to come in, and by the time they reach 3 years old children should have all of their baby teeth. This is the age when Dr. Srinivasan likes to begin seeing children for regular dental visits.
For parents of young children, we offer the following dental care tips.
- Make brushing a part of their daily routine from the time the first tooth erupts.
- Present new techniques, like brushing and flossing, by having children pretend they are brushing the teeth of a doll or toy “friend.”
- Find a flavor of fluoride toothpaste the child likes and use a small amount, about the size of a pea. Small children tend to swallow the toothpaste which could cause them to ingest too much fluoride.
- Begin flossing after the molar baby teeth have erupted, around age 2-3. By age 7-8, they should be completing dental care tasks on their own.
- Don’t wait for a dental emergency to bring your child to the dentist for the first time. This could cause undue fear as opposed to establishing a rapport with the dentist at an early age and practicing good preventative care throughout their lifetime.
Dentistry for Kids
Dr. Srinivasan offers a comforting, gentle approach in dentistry to patients of all ages. We believe that making dental visits an enjoyable experience for children can help promote regular appointments for routine care continuing through adulthood.
We create a comfortable atmosphere for kids and offer special sunglasses to wear during treatment. They can also watch television while they are getting their teeth cleaned. At the end of the appointment, they will get their own toothpaste and brush to take home along with a toy from the treasure chest.
For children who are especially nervous or have anxiety, we also have the option of nitrous oxide available in the office if needed.
If you are looking for a dentist for your family, or if you would like to learn more about regular dental care treatments for kids, call us to schedule an appointment.