We love welcoming children to Drs. Trivette, Osborne and Associates! Our friendly dentists and team are dedicated to helping your child learn good oral habits and avoid dental anxiety, and you can rely on us to make your child’s dental experience as positive as possible. To schedule your child’s appointment with Drs. Trivette, Osborne and Associates and learn more about pediatric dentistry in Knoxville, Tennessee, call us today at 865-687-3203.

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

We, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), recommend that your child visit the dentist for their first appointment within six months of their first tooth erupting, or no later than their first birthday. These initial visits are designed to help your child feel comfortable in the dental office and establish a “dental home.” Our goal is to encourage your child to develop positive associations with visiting the dentist.

Your child’s first visit will consist of our dentists and team greeting  your child, a review of your child’s and your family’s health history and your child’s oral habits and a gentle exam. We will inform you of any teeth that may erupt in coming months and provide your with information and advice regarding your child’s oral health and development, and we may make recommendations on ways you can care for your child’s teeth. We will take time to address all your questions and concerns. Finally, we will help set up a schedule of regular appointments every six months for your child.

Caring for Your Child’s Teeth

Healthy teeth are incredibly important for your child’s overall health and development. Your child’s teeth help them eat and digest food, speak properly and help the permanent teeth come in correctly. Here are a few tips on caring for your child’s teeth:

  • Have your child brush at least twice each day. If your child is young, you may need to brush for them. Make sure to use soft-bristled toothbrushes with a small head.
  • Help your child floss daily to remove plaque and debris between the teeth and below the gum line.
  • Bring your child to the dentist every six months to receive professional preventive care.
  • Ask our dentists about preventive treatments, such as dental sealants and fluoride.
  • Help your child maintain a nutritious and balanced diet.
  • If your child plays sports, have them wear a mouth guard to protect their teeth.

Remember that finger-sucking habits are normal in small children and that most children will break this habit on their own by about age 4. If thumb or finger-sucking continues, our dentists will meet with you to discuss options for helping them break this oral habit.

For more information about pediatric dentistry and to schedule an appointment with our caring dentists and team, please contact our office today!