Trusted Children's Dentistry in
St. Joseph, MO
At Bratton Dental Co., we provide excellent dental care that is especially suited to the needs of infants, children and teenagers. During the different phases of adolescence, we are experts in caring for teeth, gums and mouth. We know how to treat our young patients in a manner that eliminates anxiety and makes them feel comfortable. Our skilled and nurturing staff will educate your child on the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene, ultimately establishing a positive foundation that will encourage him/her to continue a healthy routine as they move toward adulthood.
At Bratton Dental Co., we recommend that a child’s first dental visit should be just after their 1st birthday. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth. Comprehensive and coordinated visits will help a child learn to value their oral hygiene, as well as making the process as easy and comfortable as it can possibly be.
Friendly Children’s Dentist in St. Joseph
Starting at the age of 12 months, all children are recommended to start 6-month dental checkups. Not only does this allow your dentist to monitor the growth and development of your child, it also makes future visits easier by buliding trust with our friendly staff.
Because of the way our bodies develop, children are often attracted to sweet and sugary items. Our current way of life consumes way more sugar than previous generations have. This means there need to be extra safeguards to protect teeth these days. Baby teeth are important because they not only hold space for permanent teeth, but they’re important to chewing, biting, speech, and appearance. For this reason, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene. Some things that you can do to help protect your child’s teeth are:
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
- Watch what your child drinks.
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks
We look forward to building a lifetime of proper care and smiles with your child.