Your child’s smile is probably one of the most precious things in the world to you, and you’d do just about anything to keep it healthy. Early-age dental appointments are absolutely essential to this, and at DNL Dental, we love serving Fairfield’s littlest smiles. When you bring your child to see us, they’ll be treated by a kid-friendly team who will be able to meet all their dental needs and keep them comfortable while they do it. Whether it’s time for your child’s first appointment or they have a tooth that needs to be looked at, we’re ready and excited to see them. To schedule an appointment, contact us today.
Before your baby has any teeth, our dentists recommend gently cleaning their gums after every feeding using a washcloth and some warm water. This will help prevent them from developing any oral infections. Once their teeth start to show up, feel free to start using a soft-bristled brush and just a little water…save the toothpaste for later. At this point, be sure to give DNL Dental a call so we can ensure your child’s smile has a strong start!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should see a dentist by the time they are one year old. This may seem quite young, but even at this stage of their dental development, we’ll be able to spot concerns early and can treat them as necessary.
With a pediatric checkup and cleaning, we have two primary concerns: taking care of your child’s smile and keeping them relaxed. We’ll always go at their pace and never move onto the next step until they are ready. Our team will keep things light and fun as we examine their teeth, clean them, and teach them basic oral healthcare habits that will serve them well into adulthood.
These early appointments will not only make sure their smile is developing correctly, but it will also give your child a chance to form a positive connection with going to the dentist and dental care in general. This will help them maintain regular visits once they become more independent and aren’t so little anymore.
It can be difficult for a child who is still learning to brush to effectively clean their very back teeth, and this is why these teeth so often develop cavities in younger patients. To give your child’s smile a little extra protection right where they need it, we can apply a clear, thin layer of a plastic-based substance to their teeth. It will create an invisible barrier that plaque and food particles can’t penetrate, effectively safeguarding them from tooth decay.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen the teeth and prevent tooth decay and cavities, and it’s absolutely essential to a child’s developing smile. We can give your child a quick and easy fluoride treatment whenever they come to see us so we can keep their teeth problem-free between appointments.
Did you know that 40% of all sports injuries are actually dental injuries? That number is even higher for children! Before you let your child hit the field, mat, or court, make sure their smile is protected with a custom-made mouthguard from DNL Dental. Our mouthguard will be designed specifically to fit their smile, which will allow for easy breathing and speaking, and it will also do a much better job of shielding their teeth from unexpected impacts.
A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that is used to snip a short or thick frenulum in a child’s mouth, which is a small piece of tissue that plays a big role in the ability of the lips and tongue to move. When a frenulum restricts normal movement, this can cause a variety of developmental issues and make it extremely hard for children to feed, especially infants. We can address this problem quickly and painlessly using a soft tissue laser that will leave both parents and child happy.
Effective October 31st, 2018, DNL Dental is no longer seeing patients at this location. The practice has merged with New Haven Dental Group (NewHavenDental.com) with 4 locations in Connecticut.