If there’s one thing we love here at Norco Family Dental, it’s working with children of all ages!
Between the two of them, Dr. Stewart and Dr. Buffington have nine kids of their own! Both have years of practice relating to kids and are extremely comfortable talking with children of any ages. In fact, by showing them a little interest and attention, our doctors are often able to work with children who might not otherwise sit for treatment.
Early Childhood Dental Care
From the ages of 6 months to around 12 years, our children possess mainly baby teeth. Also known as deciduous teeth, they differ from adult teeth in that they are smaller, softer, and have smaller roots. Baby teeth are prone to cavities just like adult teeth, and if not maintained with proper brushing and flossing, can be damaged, sometimes irreversibly.
By visiting the dentist early on, we can help kids develop good habits that will carry them through the rest of their lives. A little effort at the beginning goes a long way!
Your Child’s First Visit
One of the most important facets of pediatric dentistry is that we don’t force children to undergo treatment. The doctors and staff at Norco Family Dental spend considerable effort in getting to know your child and doing everything possible to make him/her feel safe. We believe that a little time spent up front in creating a relationship will lead to a lifetime of cooperation and trust. And with little kids, trust is paramount!
The best time to visit a dentist for an initial visit is between two and three years of age. We refer to these appointments as “happy visits” and use them to grow trust with your child. Our doctors will show them instruments, give stickers, prizes, and count their teeth. As children learn to trust us, it becomes easier to take x-rays and conduct exams so we can ensure that your child’s teeth are well cared for.
Orthodontics for Your Child
Many patients wonder about braces and when (or if) they should visit an orthodontist. At Norco Family Dental, we work closely with most orthodontists in town, and we do our best to take advantage of windows of growth to ensure the best orthodontic care.
For example, from ages seven to nine, growth in the mandible and maxilla allows us to easily correct overbites and underbites. Braces are generally placed after primary teeth are lost and permanent teeth are in place. A consult with an orthodontist well before this time ensures that we are able to perform the needed treatment at the proper time.
Please Call to Schedule a Visit
It’s our commitment to you to do our best to make your kids like coming to the dentist. Please call our Greeley, CO dental office to arrange a convenient time for you and your child to stop by for a visit – we think you’ll be glad you did!