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Dentistry for Kids


Young girl brushing her teeth at Roane Family Dental.Children present a special challenge for our team at Roane Family Dental. Not only will they have to go through a whole set of teeth before their permanent ones come in, but they are also at a learning stage, and it can take a long while before they become well-disciplined in matters of brushing and flossing. They also tend to be quite afraid of going to the dentist. For these reasons, we have specially trained pediatric dentists on staff.

Benefits of Starting Early


Some parents erroneously believe that primary teeth do not require professional care since they will with time be replaced by permanent ones. The reality is that teaching children the importance of good oral hygiene and professional check-ups will help set the standard for how they will care for their permanent teeth.

Learning good hygiene habits can also help boost self-confidence. Stained teeth and bad breath can socially isolate a child or make them the subject of bullying. Regular brushing and flossing, alongside regular visits to the dentist, can be a big help in keeping that smile looking good. Even where braces may be called for, helping them understand how it will benefit their oral health and appearance can make the situation more acceptable.

Just as with adults, dental exams help to identify problem areas early and allow for quick remediation. As permanent teeth come in, correcting any bite issues is easier than when a person is older. Seeing a dentist will also provide good access to customized mouthguards for children that participate in sports. They offer better protection than anything you can get at a sporting goods store.

How to Support Your Child's Oral Health


Regular visits to the dentist, right from infancy, is a must. Our dentist will cover such issues as baby bottle tooth decay, pacifier use, and thumb sucking with you. Your child can start to learn about brushing and flossing from as early as two years of age. We will guide you on how to encourage the habit and dietary changes that can reduce the risk of cavities.

It is important to try and keep track of how many primary teeth fall out and how many permanent ones come in. Besides any orthodontic treatment that may be required, we will also check on impacted and wisdom teeth. Our exams and x-rays will help ensure that all is well beneath the surface.

Our team also encourages parents to avoid buying junk food and sodas. The high sugar content tends to encourage cavities and other decay. We do offer dietary advice so you and your family can reduce the risk of damage. For older children, we also recommend discussing the dangers of smoking and alcohol abuse, for both general and oral health.

Lastly, we always advise on practicing what you preach. Be sure to stick to a routine of brushing and flossing. Children like to imitate and you asking them to do the same is likely to get a better response when they know you do the same already.

To get your child started on the right road to good oral health, make an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists today. Call us, Roane Family Dental at (503) 974-0464, and we will be happy to help.

I adore Dr. Roane and his staff.

"I have been a patient here for 10 years, since he started this practice. He has fixed my chipped front teeth twice, most recently this week. He is truly an artist and such a nice guy! My teeth look natural and healthy again. As always, the procedure was painless, quick, and professional. The office is clean, the front office is efficient, and everyone is friendly.

Dr. Roane even opened the clinic on New Year's Day a few years ago to treat my daughter's dry socket after she had her wisdom teeth pulled. I will always be grateful for that, and will remain a loyal patient here even though I moved to Tigard 2 years ago."
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