At Estes Park Dental, we work as a team to provide patients with complete satisfaction – in service and clinical care. Dr. Rauk and all of us at Estes Park Dental have developed the kind of environment to help you feel cared for and comfortable. Our entire team is committed to treating you with compassion, empathy, and excellent care. Before your initial appointment, please download and complete registration forms.
Dr. Rauk starts children off right with regular checkups in a family friendly environment. He and our staff will work with your child to make dental visits a positive experience. We’ll offer you and your child tips to care for their young teeth at home, as well. Parents play an integral role in their children’s oral health, so your questions are always welcome.
When should my child see the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children visit a dentist six months after the first teeth erupt, usually by age one. Dr. Rauk supports this, particularly in situations when parents notice early decay or developmental problems. However, a child's first visit to their family dentist can be delayed to age 2-3 if their pediatrician thoroughly checks oral health at regular well child visits. Then bring your child to your dental checkup when he or she is around two years of age. This will provide an early, positive experience that will help how your little one feels about dentists throughout his or her life.
How can I help my child avoid cavities?
Dr. Rauk recommends parents help their young children with daily brushing and flossing, six-month checkups and cleanings, and following through with restorative dental care. In addition, he can prescribe any recommended fluoride supplements and do dental sealants to prevent tooth decay in children’s baby and permanent teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that attracts other minerals to keep teeth strong and healthy. Dental sealants are thin, clear plastic coatings for back permanent teeth. They create a barrier between tooth enamel and the sugar and starches by products that cause cavities.
What if my child’s teeth are not developing properly?
If you notice an issue with your child’s oral health – whether with decay, development, mouth sores, or anything irregular – please call our Estes Park dental office for an appointment. Early intervention could save your child from significant dental problems.
Can I join my child in the treatment room?
Yes. You are essential to your child’s oral health, and Dr. Rauk wants to make sure you understand every aspect of his recommendations and treatment. At the initial examination appointment, a child's parent can give information that is essential in formulating a treatment plan. At subsequent treatment appointments, we often find children do very well alone with the aid of children's movies seen on overhead TV monitors. Additionally, the use of nitrous oxide in place of novocaine for filling cavities on baby teeth is often possible when treating children.
However, if your child has trouble sitting still for treatment, Dr. Rauk can recommend a pediatric dentist for specialized care. We will always do what we believe is in your child’s best interest.
Located in the Aspenwood Professional Building at 600 S. St. Vrain in Estes Park, Dr. Rauk’s dental office serves patients from surrounding areas, including Pinewood, Glen Haven, and Allenspark. Give us a call today to schedule your initial visit.