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Tooth Talk with Brinkley Dental Group – How young is too young?


It’s been a question throughout the ages, since mothers first started having babies and noticed these troublesome little white protuberances emerging (sometimes rather painfully) from the gum line. How young is too young to start bringing my child to the dentist?

Dr. Corazza and the team at Brinkley Dental welcome you to visit their offices anytime. Bring your baby with you to your own appointment. We love our younger guests and bringing along baby will help your little one to get familiar with the sights, sounds and yes, even the smell of a dental office. “Familiarity plays a huge role,” says Dr. Corazza, “in helping your little one to acclimatize and become comfortable with the dental office, the chair and even with myself and the team here at Brinkley.” Then, having a friendly, familiar face looking down at you during your first “official” visit to the Dentist will make that experience all the more comfortable.

“Climb on up and have a seat” are words that you might hear Dr. Corazza or any of his dental hygienists say. Kids are welcome to climb in the chair, “take a ride” in it and get the feel of what it’s like to sit up, recline or to use the sink for rinsing. Whether it’s on Mom or Dad’s lap, or all alone, children are welcome to have a seat, regardless of age.

In terms of when your child should really start regular visits to the Dentist, again Dr. Corazza says: “no one is too little.” An orientation can take place as soon as you feel your child is old enough to understand what is going on around them and such a visit would simply include a quick peek in the mouth along with something fun like the Doctor counting teeth aloud with your child. This allows Dr. Corazza an opportunity to scope out the conditions of your child’s teeth and gums in a non-threatening way and before any work takes place.

By the time your child is three or four years old, establishing a regular dental routine that includes visits to the Dental office is crucial. Many parents feel baby teeth are not as important since they are just going to fall out anyway but even baby teeth can get cavities that in turn can lead to other issues. Additionally, it allows a Dentist like Dr. Corazza the opportunity to work in tandem with parents and caregivers teaching and encouraging proper dental hygiene, where the emphasis is on both prevention and developing great habits that will last a lifetime.

So – what’s the bottom line? Anytime is a good time to visit Brinkley Dental but our recommended “best before” date is best “be – four” four! Drop in or call us anytime and schedule an appointment today!

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