HIGHLAND DENTAL – DR. GARRISON & DR. KEMPEMA
in Fort Atkinson, WI
Dr. Garrison and the Highland Dental Health team look forward to meeting you and your family and provide exceptional care for all ages from a baby’s first tooth to elderly patients.
FORT ATKINSON, WI – PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
When should my child see the dentist for the first time?
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
Building Good Habits for Life
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.
Strategies to Prevent Tooth Decay and Cavities Among Kids
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
The Focus of Children’s Dentistry
Also known as a kid’s dentist, a pediatric dentist focuses on examining, monitoring, and even treating the dental health of the youngest members of your family. As a close-knit dental team with kids of our own, we understand that a collaborative effort is a 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’s office like Highland Dental. Other children may need to be seen in a specialty setting, such as a pediatric dental office.