Pediatric Dentistry

Making kids smile in Eau Claire, WI!

Your child's first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable. Children are not born with a fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. The team at Chippewa Valley Dental Health makes a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment. We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our Eau Claire, WI dental office. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you both will feel.

What makes Chippewa Valley Dental Health a great choice for kids’ dentistry?

  • We’re great with kids! Everyone in our office has children of their own, so we know just what to do and say to put them at ease.
  • Our “Tell-Show-Do” approach informs children of what they can expect during their appointment in easy-to-understand terms.
  • Nitrous oxide is available for safe, mild sedation.
  • We can help children avoid orthodontic problems early with the Myobrace.
  • Dr. Olson has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of dentistry.
  • Our patients love our hygienists! Tanya has been with us over 10 years and Dani over 5 years.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends, and Dr. Olson agrees, that children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child's newly-erupted teeth (erupting at six and 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.

Learn about Your Child’s Teeth

Your child's first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child's gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.

Your child's primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32, including wisdom teeth).

Getting to know your teeth is fun!

Oral Health at Home

As your child's teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating.

Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby's tooth erupts, brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by Dr. Olson or another healthcare professional.

Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and Dr. Olson and our team will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact our Eau Claire, WI dental office immediately.

Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups

Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in the mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.

Your child should visit the dentist at our Eau Claire, WI dental office every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they "seal" the deep grooves in your child's teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Often times the Dentist is not the person performing this procedure, nor is magnification often used.  Our sealants last longer due to a more thorough technique Dr. Olson performs personally with magnifying loupes.  This ensures the deep grooves in the teeth are properly cleaned out.

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