At Jim Erpenbach DDS, we are proud of the fact that the majority of our young patients like visiting our office for their checkups, cleanings, and treatments. We believe that creating a relationship with an experienced, friendly dentist is a crucial responsibility for parents.
The Oral Health-Physical Health Connection
Optimal physical health for children is impossible without the oral health component. Though this fact seems obvious, cavities in youth is a national epidemic, and, for the most part, is preventable. Regular checkups are just as essential as well child exams and immunizations.
The health of your child’s teeth and gums affects their speech development, eating habits, academic success, mental health, and social relationships. At Jim Erpenbach DDS, we love working with you and your child to establish habits that ensure a healthy smile for life.
The Good News
Today’s children are far less fearful of the dentist than their grandparents’ generation. Part of the reason is that today’s dental tools have progressed considerably and rarely cause any pain. If you are old enough to remember the whining dental drills of fifty years ago, you probably have a greater appreciation for the technological discoveries that make dental treatment far more pleasant than in years past.
But advanced tools are not the only reason that our youngest patients look forward to dental visits. At Jim Erpenbach DDS, there is a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that puts patients of all ages at ease. If you are looking for a top dentist for your child, rest assured that our caring team will make your child feel comfortable during their dental visit.
We recommend parents to bring their toddler in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we can talk about dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, and orthodontics.
Bring Your Questions
We also give moms and dads guidance about thumb-sucking, pacifiers, and other habits that affect dental health. When your child starts participating in sports, ask us about custom mouthguards. Remember to call us immediately at 865-584-8630 if your child suffers a tooth injury.
In addition to offering children’s dentistry, we deliver restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, and preventive dentistry.