Children's Dentistry

As a father of four daughters himself, Manchester, MO dentist Dr. Stanford enjoys taking care of children. Helping them learn about their oral health and understand its importance is a passion of his. Because of this passion, he has been giving dental presentations at elementary schools for over 30 years.

When it comes to keeping your child’s teeth healthy into adulthood, trust the best children’s dentist in Manchester, MO to see to their oral health.

At Stanford Dental, we educate children about their teeth, but we also make coming to the dentist fun. Our warm and attentive team members are always ready for a joke or smile with your little one.

In our dental office, we are not happy unless your child is happy. We are not satisfied until your child loves visiting the dentist.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our Manchester, MO dental office, call us today at (636) 256-3559. 

If you have questions about children’s dentistry in Manchester, MO, check out our questions below to learn more about our practice and philosophies.

When should my child first visit the dentist?

Dr. Stanford recommends bringing your child to his or her first visit around the age of three. This age means that we are able to converse with your child, ease fears or anxiety about the dentist, and promote good habits.

We focus on using language that is comforting and not scary for your child; and as they get older, we involve them in learning about their oral health by showing them their x-rays on the television screen and discussing their development, cavities, or other issues.

At Stanford Dental, our team is highly trained when it comes to children, and this includes speaking to children using language that fits their age and understanding.

What happens at the first appointment?

We will start by familiarizing your child with our dental chair. Young children generally love to go up and down in the cozy chair! Then we begin teeth counting and their first dental exam.

If your child feels comfortable enough to have a dental cleaning, our hygienists will clean their teeth with a special flavored paste. Children tend to love these pastes.

We will never move forward with any procedure until your child is completely comfortable.

Dr. Stanford understands how important first visits to the dentist are for setting your child up for successful dentistry and good habits in the future. So you will find that the entire team at Stanford Dental is focused on making your little one’s visit to our dental office a positive and upbeat experience.

How often should my child visit the dentist?

Just like adults, children should see the dentist every six months, and as they get older we will incorporate x-rays into their visits once a year. This allows Dr. Stanford to monitor their growth and development so any necessary recommendations can be made in a timely manner.

If your child is prone to cavities or has specific dental issues, appointment schedules will vary to reflect this or to incorporate any ongoing dental work.

At Stanford Dental, we want your child to enter adulthood with a healthy smile and good habits.

How will you make my child feel at ease?

Dr. Stanford and his team have a way with children. Patience is important and so is speaking to children in a language that is soothing and helps them understand the specific treatment they are about to undergo.

Dr. Stanford is a friend to children, and they always pick up on this. It is a relationship built on trust, and the praise and reassurance on behalf of Dr. Stanford and his team make children feel comfortable and proud.

Additionally, we make appointments fun for children. When they visit our Manchester, MO dental office, it’s as if they’re going on a playdate!

They love our spa-like setting. They even enjoy our scented towels.

Why is a family dentist better than a children's dentist for my child?

At Stanford Dental, we think there are several benefits when you choose a family dentist over a children’s dentist for your child’s oral health needs.

When your child sees the same dentist as mom and dad, it gives us a warm feeling, but it also makes your child feel more grown up to have the same dentist as his or her adult family members.

Also, when children see a family dentist they can keep that dentist into adulthood. This means having a dentist who is familiar with your child’s history, genetic patterns, and habits.

At Stanford Dental, we enjoy treating families, and we like the idea of having your family’s dental records in a single location. This helps our dentist identify characteristics that may run in families.

What types of services do you offer for children?

We provide rounded and inclusive dental care for children of all ages. This includes regular exams, periodic x-rays, and twice-yearly teeth cleanings. These practices decrease the likelihood of cavities or toothaches.

Additionally, children have unique dental needs, and we may recommend some important services to help build and protect their teeth as they grow, such as fluoride treatments and sealants.

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally and helps to build and strengthen developing teeth. It can also assist in remineralizing teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay. We can easily apply fluoride during your child’s routine cleaning and checkup.

If your child plays sports, we may also recommend a mouthguard to protect their teeth from stray balls or minor injuries.

How can I get my child to brush more at home?

Sometimes, it’s difficult to get children to brush and floss effectively at home, but our dental team can help!

Dr. Stanford is good at instilling healthy habits in children, and he will speak with you and offer tips if your child is neglecting their oral care at home. The remedy is often different for each child because no two children are the same. This is one of the reasons we take time to get to know your child.

Meanwhile, try these tips:

  • If your child is younger, let him or her know that the tooth fairy will be disappointed to find a cavity in the tooth they’ve placed under their pillow.
  • Allow your child to pick out his or her own toothbrush and toothpaste at the store, which gives a sense of independence. There are flavored toothpastes and character toothbrushes that children enjoy.
  • If you give your child an allowance, let him or her know that taking care of their teeth is part of that allowance.
  • Offer to take your child to lunch or dinner at his or her favorite restaurant following their dental exam if the dentist is pleased or finds no cavities.
  • Ask our dentist about fluoride rinses that you can use at home.

Our dentist is always available to speak with your child about their at-home care if you are having problems getting them to brush.

Why should I choose Stanford Dental for my child?

Dr. Stanford enjoys taking care of families, and he understands how convenient it is when each member of the family is able to see the same dental provider.

Also, Dr. Stanford is devoted to clinical excellence, and he will always advocate for your child’s best oral health.

We look forward to the relationship we will build with your child for many years to come, and we hope you will consider our Manchester, MO dental office for all your family’s dental needs.