Ross Allen, DDS

FAQs: Children's Dentistry

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Children's Dentistry


We welcome patients of all ages to our Oklahoma City dental office. We especially love seeing your little ones and exploring the fun world of healthy smiles together. We recommend the first dental visit after your child's first birthday or when their first tooth emerges.

Bring Your Son or Daughter with You 

Bringing your young child to see us early is beneficial for many reasons, even if they're just joining on your own dental cleanings.

Your child can quickly become used to the sights and sounds of our dental office. Each dental visit is a good opportunity for them to get used to the dental office environment and our dental staff members.

They can become familiar with how treatment rooms look like, the sounds our dental tools make, and even how much fun taking a ride in the dental chair can be.

All children benefit from early dental cleanings and exams that allow Dr. Allen to keep track of their oral health progress and making sure they hit all of their milestones. 

Children of All Ages Are Welcome to Visit Us

Make dentistry and good oral health a part of their healthcare regimen. This makes their lifelong journey efficient and can prevent dental anxiety.

Be sure your child sees a dentist by his or her first birthday or 6 months after the first primary teeth appear, whichever comes first. After your first visit, schedule regular visits every 6 months or as your dentist recommends. Parents and caregivers often share spoons, forks, and other utensils with babies. The saliva you may leave on the utensil contains bacteria that can cause tooth decay. In some instances, kissing can also transfer bacteria. You can help prevent early childhood tooth decay in your child by making sure that your family practices good dental health habits.   Do not put your infant or small child to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, juice, or any other product that contains sugar. The sugar and acids in these liquids can cause tooth decay. Do not prop the bottle up in your baby's mouth, and remove the bottle as soon as your baby is done feeding or is asleep.

When your child is around 6 years old, consider using a fluoride mouthwash if he or she has a lot of cavities. Be sure that your child does not swallow the mouthwash. Consider having your dentist or dental hygienist put a sealant into the grooves of the chewing surfaces of your child's back teeth to help prevent cavities. Studies show that children who have sealant applied regularly in school-linked programs have a 60% decrease in tooth decay.

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