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Dentistry for Kids
[[[pic:GettyImages-515779948.jpg|400||right|TPimgRight|young patients at Nancy Shiba, DDS.]]Taking care of your children’s teeth begins before they are even born and they need your help to some degree until they are fully able to appropriately brush and floss on their own. The dedication and persistence can be challenging but important to their long term dental health. At Nancy Shiba, DDS, we hope to see our young patients often. We want to help you lay a groundwork to good oral health for years to come.
Your children’s teeth need good nutrition, starting in the womb, to grow healthy and strong. Learning the foods and drinks that are needed to grow healthy teeth is important, as well as learning the foods and drinks that can harm their development. We encourage parents to follow guidelines as directed by their pediatrician to reduce or eliminate unnecessary sugar, including juice. Their teeth will thank you.
First and Early Dentist Visits
We like to start seeing children around the age of two. These early visits are less about dental work, and more about dental education and helping us establish a relationship to increase their comfort. We let them experience the dental chair, see some tools, and then perform a basic dental cleaning. While doing this, we are happy to answer parents' questions and review appropriate brushing techniques.
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At Nancy Shiba, DDS, we offer a variety of preventive care options to help your child have strong teeth. We also encourage parents to have sealants placed on their children’s molar teeth. Sealants are the placement of a plastic coating that seals their teeth and serves as a barrier from bacteria. Studies have demonstrated an 80% reduction in the development of cavities.