Dr. Harper, a family dentist in Poquoson, VA, understands the importance of beginning pediatric routine dental care at an early age: it is estimated by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that more than 50% of first grade children in the U.S. have cavities and by age 18, this figure rises to 80% !
With so many foods we eat today containing sugars, it is more important than ever to start setting the foundation for good oral hygiene at an early age- Dr. Harper recommends bringing children in for their first visit around 3 years of age. Dr. Harper and his staff understand that some children may feel anxious about visiting their Poquoson dentist office and they make every effort to make them feel comfortable and relaxed.
Preventive care visits enable Dr. Harper to establish a relationship with his young patients, hopefully alleviating any anxiety they may be experiencing. Dr. Harper takes the time to educate pediatric patients on the benefits of healthy eating- parents love this! – as well as the proper ways to brush and floss at home between visits. Good at home oral hygiene can reduce tooth decay and the development of cavities. These visits also allow Dr. Harper to spot any developing dental health problems in their early stages, when conservative treatments are most effective.
Dr. Harper is a family dentist, and many parents and caregivers appreciate the convenience of being able to bring all members of the family to the same dental practice. Children have the added benefit of being able to “go to the dentist” with their parent- this can help an anxious child feel reassured and reenforces good dental habits that can last a lifetime!
As a family dentist, Dr. Harper can meet the changing needs of patients as they grow up- he has created working relationships with leading specialists in the area for orthodontics and wisdom teeth removal.
Contact Dr. Harper in his Newport News area dental practice to schedule an appointment for you and your family.