Your Favorite Family Dentist in Fort Atkinson

At Highland Dental, it is our philosophy that your whole family should be able to experience high quality dental care in the same dental office. That is why we’re proud to serve as your local family dentist in Fort Atkinson. By examining your little one’s first baby tooth to fitting natural-looking dentures, we’re determined to improve the health of our patients throughout all of life’s stages. Call us at (920) 563-9373 to make an appointment or schedule a consultation. 

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Who are the biggest culprits of consuming birthday cake, sweets and sugary fruit juices? And who are the least likely to regularly brush and floss? If you have a child of your own, you may know too well the challenge of creating a good dental hygiene routine for your child. 

Also known as a kid’s dentist, a pediatric dentist focuses on examining, monitoring and even treating the dental health of the youngest members in your family. As a close-knit dental team with kids of our own, we understand that a collaborative effort is key to supporting your child’s optimal dental health, so they can continue enjoying life and filling our days with happy smiles. Many children can be seen in a general dentist office like Highland Dental. Other children may need to be seen in a specialty setting, such as a pediatric dental office.

When Should I Take My Child To The Dentist?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child’s first visit to the dentist is advised within six months after their first baby tooth has come in. This allows your dentist to properly observe your child’s oral health, treat or prevent small dental issues and plan for changes during some of the most formative years of their dental health.

  • Prepare your child for a future of good oral health

  • Encourage healthy brushing and flossing habits

  • Monitor and treat changes in your child’s dental health

  • Build a foundation of positive memories at the dentist

At-Home Advice For Your Child’s Smile

Even at a young age, teeth are exposed to various factors that affect their oral health. Commonly, drinking juice before bed (instead of water) or snacking frequently throughout the day can introduce harmful sugars to rest on the surface of the teeth, causing dental caries (cavities) or tooth decay to form over time. Improper brushing or flossing habits can also contribute to poor dental health. Between dental visits, it’s important to practice good dental hygiene habits at home such as brushing and flossing with your little ones, where they may learn by modeling your examples.

Other Ways To Prevent Cavities and Tooth Decay

Birthday parties and class celebrations are full of sticky-sweet treats and sugary drinks! As a parent, it may be overwhelming to find the best ways to juggle fun and flossing for your child--thankfully, our team has thought of a few ways to encourage your child’s dental health: 

  • Brush and floss as a family to encourage good dental hygiene habits

  • Freshen up your routine with flavored toothpastes and colored toothbrushes 

  • Add music to your brushing routine with your favorite catchy toothbrush song

  • Celebrate cavity-free visits at the dentist at every six-month appointment

When it’s time to start teaching your child how to take care of their smiles, our family general dental office is available with advice and insight into the best ways to make brushing and flossing fun! Dr. Garrison and her team look forward to setting your child up for years of positive dental health as your local family dentist in Fort Atkinson. Give us a call at (920) 563-9373 to schedule your appointment!