Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN
At Devine Dentistry, your local Nashville family dentist offers top-quality oral health care to patients of any age. We take special pride in our program of pediatric dentistry, which aims to set up each of our young patients for a lifetime of good oral health.
Remember, as parents and guardians, you are responsible for helping your children be as healthy as possible, which includes not just their bodies, but their mouths, too. Concerning their oral health – that means teaching them proper brushing and flossing techniques, while also encouraging good oral habits. Your children will mimic your behavior, so it is essential that you remain diligent about your own oral care.
The prevalence of tooth decay
Did you know that tooth decay is the most widespread chronic disease currently affecting American children? About half of all children in America will have suffered some incident of tooth decay by the time they are in the first grade. That rate expands to four out of every five Americans under the age of 17 years old.
In addition to the expense of treating that tooth decay, there are hidden costs. Recent research by the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research estimated that every year, American children miss about 52 million hours of school due to problems related to oral health. In many cases, these instances could have been prevented.
The importance of prevention
The best way to safeguard the oral health of your children is to be proactive. That means establishing healthy habits, as mentioned above, and making sure you find a qualified, experienced pediatric dentist in Nashville to be part of the health-care “team” for your little ones.
The American Dental Association recommends a child make their first visit to the dentist by their first birthday or within six months after the first baby tooth emerges from the gum line—whichever comes first.
At Devine Dentistry, you can expect the following from your Belle Meade pediatric dentist at each dental appointment:
- A thorough examination of the teeth and mouth, which includes monitoring any changes, as well as evidence of any cavities or tooth decay
- Monitoring the emergence of primary and/or permanent teeth
- Having the teeth cleaned and polished by one of our courteous dental hygienists
- Instruction on the proper brushing and flossing techniques
These dental appointments also will be good times for you or your child to ask any questions related to oral care or oral hygiene.
Oral Health Regimen
The American Dental Hygiene Association recommends parents incorporate the following components of oral health care on this schedule:
- Infants: Clean gums thoroughly with a wet cloth after each and every feeding
- Babies: Brush emerging primary teeth gently with a small, soft-bristled brush and a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste
- Children, ages 2-3: Begin teaching proper brushing techniques, and floss teeth that are touching
- Children, age 7+: Continue encouraging good oral hygiene habits of brushing twice a day, and flossing daily
At Devine Dentistry, we also believe that good nutrition is an essential part of maintaining good oral health for anyone of any age. This means consuming a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as limiting consumption of sugar, including sugary drinks like juice or soda. It is also a good idea to avoid letting your baby go to sleep with a bottle full of anything other than water.
What pediatric services does Devine Dentistry offer?
Your Nashville family dentist at Devine Dentistry offers the following services to meet the needs of families.
- Dental cleanings
- Fluoride applications
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Emergency dental care
- Nightguards for bruxism
- Sports guards
- Root canals (for permanent teeth)
- Sleep apnea treatment
- Nitrous oxide
- And more!
We know that choosing the right dentist to care for your children is a big decision. You can trust the staff at Devine Dentistry to treat your children like part of our very own family. To learn more, schedule a consultation, or arrange a tour of our Nashville office, give us a call at (615) 269-4209.
Devine Dentistry serves patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville, Tennessee.