Benton & Nelson DDS

Schedule your Child to See Us!

March 11, 2021
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Posted By: Blake Nelson

I know that your office sees adults, but can I also bring my children?

Yes!  We love seeing children.  In fact, one of our hygienists worked in a Pediatric dental office for many years before coming to work at our office.  Schedule your children at our office and conveniently have all of the family's dental visits on the same day!  

At Benton and Nelson Family Dentistry, we offer a wide range of services for your children

  • Dental cleanings and exams, including assessment of your child's growth and development
  • Digital x-rays
  • Dental sealants
  • Fluoride varnish treatment 
  • Tooth-colored fillings 
  • Prizes to celebrate the end of a visit! 

When does my child need x-rays?

We recommend your child take bitewing x-rays, or x-rays that look between the teeth for cavities when your child's back teeth are touching.  For some children, this can be as early as 4 years old, and for others this can be as late as 7 years old.  Of course, we will always assess your child's ability to hold the x-ray sensor in his/her mouth and make an individualized decision based on readiness and risk of cavities.  

When your child is around 8 years old, we will also recommend a panoramic x-ray.  This is a type of developmental x-ray that will check for missing permanent teeth, extra teeth, and teeth that will have a difficult time coming into the mouth (or are at risk for becoming impacted).

Do you recommend fluoride for my child?

Fluoride is extremely effective at preventing cavities, and fluoride varnish applications have been proven to reduce the number of cavities experienced in childhood.  We typically recommend fluoride varnish application when your child comes in for his/her cleaning and exam visits, or every 6 months.

Could my child benefit from dental sealants?

We generally recommend dental sealants for permanent back molar teeth that have moderate to deep grooves.  These teeth typically come in around age 7 years.  The dental sealant fills in the deep grooves of the tooth so plaque, bacteria, and carbohydrates cannot get trapped in the tooth's anatomy.  When dental sealants are placed, the, risk of chewing surface cavities decreases by about 60-80%.   

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When should my child have their first dental visit?

When should you bring your child for their first dental visit?


The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children have their first dental visit within 6 months of getting their first tooth or by 12 months of age. For infants and toddlers, we recommend scheduling dental visits with a pediatric dental office (Spangler, Rohlfing & Lambert Pediatric Dentistry are wonderful!). Dr. Nelson is happy to see children ages 4 years and older. 


How can you help your child prepare for their first dental visit? 


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