We offer Specialized Dental Services for Children
The appearance of the first little tooth is an exciting milestone in your baby’s development. It also means that from now on, you will need to pay special attention to your child’s oral health. But don’t worry, it’s easy to do. And the sooner you start, the better. Even new baby teeth can decay if not properly cared for. Newly emerging teeth can be wiped with a clean, damp washcloth after feedings. Teeth that have grown in all the way should be brushed gently twice each day with a very soft, child-sized toothbrush and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste.
Once your child turns three, increase the amount of toothpaste to a size of a pea. Fluoride is a very important aid in the battle against tooth decay, but you don’t want your child to swallow too much. Another great way to prevent tooth decay in babies and toddlers is to make sure they don’t go to sleep while nursing or drinking a bottle unless it contains just water. Milk, juice, formula, and even breast milk all contain sugars that can promote decay, especially if they are left in contact with teeth for hours at a time as a child dozes.
Her is another great tip. Schedule your child’s first dental visit by their first birthday. Though it may sound early, an age one dental visit has many benefits. Your baby can be checked for any signs of early childhood tooth decay and you can ask questions and get demonstrations on caring for your baby’s teeth. More importantly, your child can get used to visiting the dental office, a place where essential preventive services are performed throughout life. As your child gets older, those routine dental visits will likely include cavity-fighting topical fluoride treatments.
If your dentist thinks your child may be particularly susceptible to decay, dental sealants may be recommended. These are plastic coatings that fill the little grooves in the back teeth were bacteria often hide. Your child’s dentist will also keep an eye out for potential orthodontic problems and refer you to an orthodontist if necessary. If your child does end up wearing braces, regular dental visits will be more important than ever. No matter how conscientious they are, kids often have trouble getting teeth really clean while they are wearing orthodontic hardware. Regular professional cleanings during this time are a must to prevent tooth decay and gum problems. By getting regular pediatric dental checkups and practicing good oral hygiene at home, your child can look forward to a lifetime of healthy teeth and happy smiles.