At John Day Smiles: McMillan, DDS, PC, our pediatric dentistry team combines our state-of-the-art dentistry with child-friendly dental techniques to create the perfect environment for our youngest patients. Once your child has turned 2 years old, they are ready to receive pediatric dental care at our John's Day dentist office conveniently located near you anywhere in Grant County OR.
We encourage you and your child to ask questions and are always here to address any concerns you have as a parent. We provide empathetic oral health education and use simple explanations to answer your child’s questions and reassure them so they're relaxed when they visit our John Day kids dental office.
Your Child's First Dental Visit
At John Day Smiles: McMillan, DDS, PC, we focus on providing the highest quality pediatric dental care possible. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but kids dentist Dr. McMillan makes sure that they don’t have to be at our John Day dental office! Our practice has a homey, comfortable atmosphere designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist.
Pediatric Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow our pediatric dentist Dr. McMillan to closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child. Dr. McMillan may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities or if they are showing signs of potential orthodontic problems.
Teeth-Strengthening Mineral Application
Dental teeth-strengthening mineral application treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. McMillan often recommends this treatment along with dental sealants to help protect your child’s teeth as they grow and learn proper oral hygiene habits. This teeth-strengthening mineral acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Protective Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from holding onto bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At John Day Smiles: McMillan, DDS, PC, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but some do. In many situations, it’s best to remove your child's wisdom teeth before they jeopardize their smile as a whole. If the growth of your child's wisdom teeth will cause damage to their neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, we may consider extraction.
We will take a panoramic radiograph of your child's entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental stage of the wisdom teeth being considered for extraction. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but third molars do not finish developing until your child is closer to about 30 years of age.
Have Questions About Our Kids Dentistry Services?
Our gentle family dentistry services are designed to help you keep your smile healthy, strong, and bright at our John Day, OR family dentist office.