Early Years

Your child’s oral health is an essential component to their development. Luckily, if you live in the greater Nashville area, you can be in good hands with any of our specialists. We assembled this guide for new parents so that you can be aware of this essential information before you ever walk through our doors. 

When Should My Child Visit a Pediatric Dentist? 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says that parents should take their children to a pediatric dentist by their first birthday, or when the first tooth emerges. Although some may say that this is too early, research states that it is not and can prevent problems such as tooth decay later in life. 

Despite not having enough teeth for a normal dental cleaning, appointments can be essential for children and parents alike. Pediatric dentists will examine your child’s mouth and gums to evaluate future growth and development. The dentist may conduct a gentle cleaning using safe techniques and tools they will get used to. Pediatric dentists know how to make children feel comfortable and build relationships to make dental visits much less intimidating. It is also a great opportunity for parents to get advice on hygiene techniques and dietary habits. 

Are Pediatric Dentists Worth it? 

Top-tier dental care can make a world of difference in your child’s life. Pediatric dentists go through additional training so that they may specialize in the growth and development of your child’s teeth. They also learn how to make their office more comfortable and inviting, sometimes even exciting, which allows them to have a positive experience in dealing with their oral hygiene. 

At Nashville Children’s Dental Network, your children will be treated warmly regardless of their oral history. During the appointment, they will be introduced to each tool during the exam and cleaning. Aside from friendly care, we educate your child on proper care at home. Simply put, our NCDN specialists are excited to work with your child and will ensure they receive the quality care they deserve. 

Early Warning Signs Your Child Has a Cavity 

Regardless of your child’s habits, cavities are a very common problem among children in the United States. If not treated, they can damage teeth, cause infections, and lead to other conditions such as diabetes. Luckily, cavities are preventable and treatable. Here are some warning signs to look out for: 

  • Discoloration- White spots can be a sign of a cavity forming. White spots will darken and move deeper into the tooth if left untreated.  
  • Sensitivity- Sensitivity to warm and cold foods can be a sign of weakening enamel. 
  • Toothache- A classic sign, toothaches can be sudden or after eating. If it persists for days, the toothache is most likely a sign of a cavity. 

If your child experiences any of these symptoms, contact us today. Our specialists will help your child and educate you on the next steps to avoid future cavities.