Pediatric Dentistry

children-dental-careParents are often unsure of how to take care of their children’s teeth. Here is some important information all parents should know:

We provide basic treatment for children ages 8 and above. For younger children, we highly recommend seeing a Pediatric Dentist. Their offices are specifically designed to help young children with their dental needs.

For Infants/ Toddlers:

Although professional cleanings are not necessary for teething infants, it is important to keep those teeth clean. Even newly erupted teeth should be cleaned using a washcloth or soft children’s toothbrush in order to prevent bacteria from flourishing.

Try to avoid giving your children night-time bottles filled with formula or juice. If your child does have a nighttime snack it is important to rinse out their mouth after they are done. Try to provide them with some water in order to rinse the milk or baby formula off of their teeth. Doing so could prevent stains or decay from forming.

Regular dental checkups are recommended for children as early as one year if there are signs of tooth discoloration or decay. However some Pediatric dentists agree that even a child with healthy teeth should be seen around the age or three or four. This will greatly benefit them if more serious treatment (such as fillings or sealants) is needed. They will be used to the dentist and not panic at the sound of a drill, greatly reducing their dental anxiety.

Preschool/School Ages:

Teaching your children to correctly brush their teeth is an important responsibility. It helps your child establish a healthy habit which will keep their smiles bright and healthy throughout their life. It is crucial to monitor your child’s brushing technique, making sure that they only use a pea-size amount. Swallowing of toothpaste should be discouraged because too much fluoride can be dangerous to your child’s health.

Another part of your child’s dental journey is the eruption of their permanent teeth. It is vital that they be seen by their dentist to make sure that their permanent teeth are growing in correctly. It is quite possible for permanent teeth to be irreversibly damaged if the baby teeth are preventing them from erupting. Sealants are used to protect erupted molars which often have grooves and pits that trap debris and are hard to clean. They provide a barrier, preventing harmful bacteria from reaching the tooth.

An essential role of a parent in the dental education of their child is setting a good example. Routine brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist will lead your child to follow in your footsteps. This simple yet effective habit will allow your child to keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible.