Children’s Dentist Cumming

An Office to Bring Your Entire Family To

Young girl smiling in dental chair

Dr. Bragg and Dr. McTier are happy to treat patients of all ages, which means you’re welcome to bring your entire family to our dental practice! Our team is well-versed in how to help children feel calm, comfortable, and excited about dental visits, as well as dispelling any fear or anxiety they may feel. A great benefit of choosing a family dentist in Cumming is that we’ll be able to grow with your child, taking care of all of their dental needs throughout childhood, teenagehood, and even adulthood.

Why Choose Bragg Dental for Children’s Dentistry?

  • Convenient Family Dental Care
  • Team That’s Great with Children
  • We Accept Dental Insurance

Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

Girl in dental chair smiling at her dentist

The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. You may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.

We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.

Here are some tips to help them feel more comfortable at their first appointment:

  • Take your child for a “preview” of the office.
  • Read books with them about going to the dentist.
  • Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
  • Speak positively about your own dental experiences.

Cavity Prevention

Child receiving a dental checkup and teeth cleaning

Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly, of course, can help. The longer it takes your child to chew their food and the longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities.

Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities.

Consistency of a person’s saliva also makes a difference; thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a person eats diets high in carbohydrates and sugars, they tend to have thicker saliva, which in turn attracts more of the acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities.

Here are some tips for preventing tooth decay in kids:

  • Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
  • Encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
  • Watch what your child drinks.
  • Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
  • Make treats part of meals.
  • Choose nutritious snacks.