Here at Furniss Family Dentistry, we believe children’s teeth are incredibly important. Dr. Furniss has 4 small children and many of our staff have kids as well. Primary teeth are not only important for proper nutrition but also to maintain space and assist the proper development of adult teeth. We are happy to see children of all ages and we recommend regular visits every 6 months beginning at age 1, or when primary teeth begin to erupt.
Children typically do very well in our office. For the very nervous patients, we offer conscious nitrous sedation (laughing gas). Some cases require the care only a specialist can offer. Part of your child’s initial visit includes an assessment to determine the need for specialty care. In the event your child does need specialty care, we have a fantastic pediatric specialist we can refer you to.
One of the most important things you can do for your child is to take care of their teeth. Until children are around age 10-12 they do not have the dexterity to really clean their teeth well on their own and should have parental help with nightly brushing and especially flossing. Additionally, fluoride toothpaste should be used as soon as the child is able to spit out the toothpaste after brushing (usually age 3-4).