We want your children to have a pleasant check-up at the dentist too!
At the dental office of Gary A. Roach, DDS and Jonathan Lubeck, DMD, we make sure that every member of the family has a comfortable and memorable experience while visiting the dentist. We take the time to talk to your children so they feel welcomed and encouraged to talk about their smiles, teeth, and any problems they might have with their oral health.
We know that some children (and adults, too!) are anxious about going to the dentist, so we go the extra mile to make sure they are not only calm but happy to be in our office. Dr. Roach and Dr. Lubeck are kind and friendly Roanoke dentists who care about your child’s oral health and are happy to answer questions from you or your children about keeping smiles healthy.
When Should Children Start to Visit the Dentist?
Children should begin visiting our dental office in Roanoke, VA when they begin to teethe. In general, children should see a dentist before the age of two. If you are unsure if your child is ready to start seeing a dentist yet, give our friendly office staff a call and they’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Good oral health begins in childhood. When children are used to visiting the dentist, they are more likely to attend regular check-ups and seek help during dental emergencies during adulthood. Plus, it is much easier to correct problems associated with teeth, gums, alignment, pain, and sleep issues in childhood than it is to treat them later in life. Many of the issues people face as adults related to their teeth could have been prevented or at least reduced with regular cleanings and examinations by a dentist.
What are Some Common Problems Children Experience with Their Teeth?
The most common problem that young children experience has to do with tooth decay. It is difficult for children to brush their teeth and sometimes for parents to try to brush the teeth of smaller children and toddlers. Often, food debris is left behind and in between teeth and it causes tooth decay. Luckily, as long as children are visiting our dental office regularly, they won’t go long before a dentist treats their tooth decay. If your child is experiencing pain in their teeth, don’t hesitate to contact us right away.
Other problems children often encounter related to their teeth include tongue thrusting, which can cause the teeth to come in differently than children’s teeth where tongue thrusting is not an issue. Children who suck their thumbs or use a pacifier may also have problems with their teeth as they come in, so it is good to have a professional dentist check the bite of your child and ensure that teeth are properly aligned.
What Can Your Child Expect When Visiting Our Dental Office in Roanoke?
Parents and children are quickly put at ease with our friendly and knowledgeable staff. We know that it can be difficult to keep children entertained while waiting, so we work hard to ensure our appointments are running on schedule. This helps to keep everyone happy. We encourage older children to ask questions and be honest about any issues they may have. Visits include an examination by Dr. Roach or Dr. Lubeck, x-rays for older children to determine if there are any underlying issues, and a chat about keeping their teeth healthy.
Contact Us to Book an Appointment
For more information about bringing your children to our dental office or to book an appointment with one of our dentists, contact us today at (540) 774-1019.