Great Expressions Dental Health and Wellness

Pediatric Dental Care

Wondering what is the right age to take your child to the dentist for the first time? According to The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it is recommend that a child’s first visit to the dentist should be when the first tooth erupts in the mouth, and no later than age one to two. As decay in baby teeth increases the risk of decay in permanent teeth, so it is paramount to start your son or daughter off on the right path with respect to dental health and hygiene.

Prior to the first trip to the dentist, you should consult with your dentist about a kids’ friendly dentist; that is one that practices in pediatric dentistry. You may also find out if your current dentist’s practice is kid-friendly. After this, you should make an appointment to tour the office with your child and to familiarize them with the new surroundings. Be sure to keep an eye out for cleanliness, as all the tools should be sanitized and wrapped in plastic.

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The first visit essentially familiarized your son or daughter with the dentist office environment. This fosters the building of trust, and eliminates any ill-feelings towards going to the dentist. Additionally, it allows the dentist to do a quick examination of your child’s teeth. They will check for any signs of tooth decay, check gums, jaw and bite.

During the first appointment, make sure that your child feels comfortable.  Assure your child that they are safe, and explain what each tools do. Per the dentists’ office policies, your child may be able to sit on your lap during their first visit to ensure that they feel comfortable. You dentist will most likely demonstrate with oversize toothbrushes the facts of keeping teeth clean.

Finally, your dentist will then check your child’s teeth and will also check for bottle caries, frenum issues, or other problems that may affect your child’s teeth or speech. During this visit, the dentist will also want to talk to you about the importance of good oral hygiene and allow you to ask any questions or concerns that you may have.

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After the first appointment, your dentist office will advise you on the next appointment. From this point forward, children should come in every six months for dental checkups. By the time the child is three, he or she will have full dental appointments. And at roughly age five, x-rays will be taken.

Great Expressions Dental Centers have 270 dental offices nationwide with dental professionals that specialize in pediatric dentistry. Learn more here, and contact your local Great Expressions Dental Center to schedule an appointment for your son or daughter today.

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According to The Knot, the cost of a wedding has increased by more than $5,500 in the past five years, with couples spending more than $32,000 on average in 2015. As brides and grooms seek opportunities to save money wherever possible, one area that receives substantial attention is pre-wedding beauty prep. Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) wants all brides and grooms to know they understand how important a pearly white smile is on the big day – but getting there doesn’t have to break the bank.


“More than ever, we are seeing an increased pressure on brides and grooms to be the best version of themselves on their wedding day – sometimes spending a large portion of their budget on expensive beauty procedures,” said Dr. Robert Brody of Great Expressions Dental Centers. “The surest way to look great on the big day is with a beautiful smile. Additionally, unlike other beauty procedures, working on your smile is something that will last long after the ceremony is over.”

pexels-photo-265733Following are GEDC’s four cost-effective tips and tricks on how to achieve the smile you love for your wedding day and the rest of your life:

  • Avoid certain beverages and foods. In the days leading up to your wedding day, help ensure your pearly whites are as white as they can be on your wedding day by avoiding certain beverages and foods that can stain your teeth, such as red wine, coffee, dark berries and soy sauce.
  • Don’t wait to begin your beauty routine.  Many brides and grooms think they can dramatically whiten their teeth in just a matter of days – leading to extreme tooth sensitivity that can ruin the big day. Instead, begin a whitening regime two months prior to ensure you have the smile you want, without worrying about tooth sensitivity.
  • Carefully select your lipstick color. Pick a color that not only matches your skin tone, but also enhances your teeth and smile. Find a pink or coral color with a blue base to make your teeth look even whiter.
  •  Pack a “tooth kit” for the wedding. Between posing, sipping, eating and kissing, you are going to want to be sure your mouth is clean and fresh. Pack a small kit with mouth wash, toothpaste, floss and mints for quick pick-me-ups throughout the night and to ensure your smile is perfect in your photos.

To schedule a dental appointment for your whiter teeth on your wedding day, call 888-764-5380 or visit

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