Tongue-tie in children is a medical condition where the lingual frenulum remains attached to the floor of the mouth and the bottom of the tongue. Children are born with this issue, and it may cause problems immediately or in the future.
How can a tongue-tie specialist help my child?
A tongue-tie specialist can perform a Frenectomy, which is a surgical procedure that releases the attached tissue. This method to reverse tongue-tie can be done in a few minutes and fix any issues associated with their condition.
Will my child be in pain during the procedure?
Our tongue-tie specialist is highly trained on the tongue tie procedure and performs it with little or no discomfort for your child.
How do I know if tongue-tie is why my child has trouble nursing?
In order to prevent and reverse a child’s problems with eating, nursing, and speaking, it is important to consult your pediatric dentist in San Dimas, CA to learn how easily this can be corrected.
Visiting the special needs dentist for the first time can be scary for your child. Understanding what to expect and how to prepare your child for their dental appointment can help make their first experience comfortable and positive.
Tips to Help Your Child Feel Comfortable During the Dental Visit
A few preparation steps can help your child feel relaxed during their visit to the special needs dentist:
Starting dental visits at an early age and maintaining regular checkups at 6-month intervals
Not showing your dental anxieties in front of the kids
Educating your children about the importance of good dental care and familiarizing them with in-office dental procedures by acting our dental exams
Maintaining proper at-home oral hygiene practices to reduce the time spent in the dentist’s chair
Our special needs dentist understands the importance of familiarizing children with special needs to the dental setting. In this regard, she uses Touch Points Training to assist with her special needs dentistry services, which include teaching children basic dental hygiene skills.
It is recommended that a child’s first visit to a dental practitioner between the ages of 6 months and 1 year, or when the first tooth erupts. This is a critical checkup to ensure that your baby’s mouth has no existing or looming problems. Subsequent visits can be scheduled at one-year intervals, or at the ages of 2 and 3 years, after which they can be every 6 months depending on your kid’s dentist recommendations.
The First Appointment
Pediatric dentists seek to fulfill many key functions with regard to the child’s dental and oral health. Their primary functions emphasize the importance of proper care and maintenance of baby teeth because they play a critical role in facilitating proper speech, good chewing habits, and also hold space for the permanent teeth to grow into.
As the first teeth begin to emerge, the dentist can assess your child’s oral health and ensure that new teeth develop normally, and then keep track of growth and development in subsequent visits in order to anticipate dental concerns and intervene in a timely manner before they worsen.
But the first visit is largely meant to familiarize your child with being in the dentist’s office and comfortable in the dental chair to prevent unnecessary fear or anxiety in subsequent visits. The first visit focuses on showing your child the fun aspects of a dental checkup. For instance, the child may sit on your lap and rise in the dentist’s chair, after which they can do it on their own. Next, if your child is having fun, the dentist may proceed to counting the teeth or introducing your child to the common dental tools.
Even as these fun activities going on, the pediatric dentist will still be able to check your child’s mouth and provide instruction on how to ensure optimal oral health for your child.
Before the first visit (or even during subsequent visits), you should prepare a list of questions and concerns that you have about the oral health of your child. Your dentist in San Dimas will automatically provide you with some basic oral care education, so you will leave the office well-informed anyway.