How can we help you?
Choosing a dentist is an important decision! After all, your dentist is a part of your healthcare team. Many patients have questions about a new practice. Here are some of the most popular questions we receive. If you have another question that is not listed here, we encourage you to call and speak to one of our helpful team members.
We all know that brushing twice daily and flossing at least once per day are keys to good oral health; however, anyone with children will tell you it can be a struggle to get kids to brush their teeth properly. Often, kids will just do a quick once-over, which is not enough to remove bacteria and the acids that cause decay. We have even heard stories of kids wetting their toothbrushes to be sneaky without brushing at all.
Your children’s dentist in Albuquerque, Dr. Lindsay Essenmacher, has a few suggestions to make life easier for parents.
Brush Together for Fun
With busy schedules, parents often wish they could spend more time with their kids. Set good habits by brushing together. YouTube and other video websites have catchy videos that encourage brushing for a full two minutes. You and your little one can enjoy a teeth cleaning dance party together.
Be Sure to Help Little Ones
Kids will need assistance brushing their teeth until their motor skills develop enough to do it on their own – usually around age eight.
Keep a Chart and Give Prizes
Kids love prizes. When your child does a good job brushing his or her teeth, give a reward at the end of each week. To protect the teeth, make sure it is something other than candy or sugar.
For more advice from an experienced children’s dentist, contact our Albuquerque dental office to arrange an appointment.
At Essenmacher Family Dental, we believe that a family dentist who is also a children’s dentist is better for the whole family; this includes children.
When your child sees the same dentist that you see, it instills confidence and may make your child feel more grown up.
Benefits of Taking Your Child to the Dentist:
- The dentist has more experience treating across age groups, which means your child can keep his or her dentist into adulthood
- A family dentist understands the unique dental traits that run in your family, which means that the dentist will know what to look for in your child’s oral health
- All your family’s dental records are kept in one location
At Essenmacher Family Dental, our young patients love coming to our Northeast Heights area family dental office.
Our patient and caring staff always take time to make your child feel welcome and relaxed.
Simply put, at Essenmacher Family Dental, we love treating families, and this includes children. There is just something warm and consistent about family dentistry applied to an entire family.
If you’re looking for a new Albuquerque dental office for your child, we’d love to be his or her dentist! Contact Essenmacher Family Dental today.
Dental Care for the Whole Family
We are often asked by our patients if it is a good idea to bring their young children along to their dental appointments. Here at Essenmacher Family Dental, we always encourage making visits to our dental office an activity for the entire family!
Unfortunately, many adults have a fear of the dentist. It is our philosophy that teaching children about what happens at the dentist and making regular visits to the dentist’s office beginning at a young age can greatly reduce potential fears that may develop as they grow older.
Your Comfort is Our Priority
We want every member of your family to be a happy, comfortable patient when they visit our Albuquerque, NM office. We encourage parents to bring their children if they have an appointment scheduled with us so that we can use those appointments as teaching moments. While you and your children are at our office, we can explain what happens in the dental chair and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Such visits also give your children opportunities to ask questions or take a closer look at the dental equipment to help reduce the fear of the unknown.
Children's Dental Health is a Precursor for Adult's Dental Health
Baby teeth are extremely important because research shows that a high number of cavities in baby teeth tends to correlate with a high number of cavities that form in the adult teeth.
Good oral hygiene and proper nutrition are important for preventing cavities even in primary teeth. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and regular dental cleanings all play a part in keeping cavities at bay. Children will need help brushing and flossing until around the age of eight when their dexterity improves.
The baby teeth are also important for holding the spaces for the permanent teeth. They act as guides for permanent teeth as they grow in. Removing teeth too early or losing them to trauma and decay causes problems with long-term growth patterns. If baby teeth are lost too early, it can cause the permanent teeth to be more crowded or misaligned.
We Work With You for Well-Rounded Dental Care
At Essenmacher Family Dental, we work with our patients from all angles – prevention, detection, early diagnosis, patient education, and restorative treatment to keep teeth healthy so that your child can experience exceptional oral health for a lifetime.
Contact us to learn more about how to protect your little one’s smile! We look forward to welcoming you to our office.