In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. We have a network of pediatric dentists that we can recommend. A routine dental inspection is part of every child’s well visit.
Fluoride in small amounts is important for healthy teeth and enamel. Any patients who are using well water as drinking water may not be receiving enough fluoride to provide protection against dental cavities. All parents are asked about the origin of their drinking water at each well visit. City water is supplemented with fluoride in low amounts. If you have well water, and are not sure if there is any fluoride in your water, a water testing kit can be requested from the Guilford County Health Department. Nursery water, which can be purchased at most grocery stores, can be a great way to supplement fluoride when missing from the daily diet. If you have any concerns about fluoride intake, please discuss these concerns with your healthcare provider to discuss any needs for supplementation.
Dental varnish (fluoride) is applied to our patient’s teeth starting at 6 months, or once the first tooth has broke the gums, until 3 years old at each well check. Once patients have established care with a pediatric dentist, fluoride application will be continued at the dental home from that point. Please let your healthcare provider know if you have any questions regarding dental varnish at your next wellness checkup.