As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Jason Bongiovi wants parents to realize that early oral health care is essential for very young children. One of the most positive things we can do is help them become great dental patients as adults, starting with their first dental visit.
Dentistry for Children of All Ages
At The Whole Tooth, we love treating kids of all ages, from infants to teens. We’re there for them when their first tooth arrives and will still be there when they get ready to graduate from high school.
As a board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Bongiovi provides age-specific treatment to accommodate children’s ever-changing oral health needs. In addition to his advanced training, Dr. Bongiovi spent 10 years on the Craniofacial Team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he gained invaluable experience treating children with special health needs, including those with autism, cancer, cleft palates, and those who are medically compromised.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
A common question we hear is when to schedule that all-important first dental visit for a child. According to the recommendations provided by The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we like to see children no later than their first birthday. At this age, baby teeth are starting to appear and big things start happening with their oral health!
Because baby teeth play a crucial role in holding space for permanent teeth, we need to keep them healthy until they are ready to come out on their own. If a baby tooth is lost too soon, it can have consequences that affect their future oral development.
Preventive Dental Exams and Cleanings
Unfortunately, cavities are still widespread in kids today, but the good news is that they are also highly preventable. Preventive dentistry for children is a team effort, with your dentist providing six-month exams and teeth cleanings and you reinforcing positive oral hygiene and nutrition habits at home.
Support and Guidance for Parents
Since we only see your child every six months, you play a significant role in helping them develop healthy oral habits. We will explain everything you need to know about proper brushing and flossing habits, diet and nutrition, and offer guidance on issues like bottle feeding, pacifier use, and thumb-sucking.
We Look forward to Welcoming Your Child
Dr. Bongiovi enjoys working with children of all ages and helping them develop a healthy, positive attitude about dentistry. The goal is to get them involved with their oral health from an early age and instill positive habits that last a lifetime. You can be confident that your child’s oral health couldn’t be in any better hands than it is at The Whole Tooth.
Please call our Dunwoody, GA dental office to schedule an appointment.