As children grow and develop, so do their teeth. As soon as a baby is born, it’s vital to take good care of the gums, mouth and emerging teeth. The pediatric dentists at Dental Associates can help. Specifically trained in the oral needs of children, your pediatric dentist will help you and your child establish a solid and proper foundation for a healthy mouth and a healthy life.
Starting good oral habits in childhood will help assure your child smiles for a lifetime. And from the moment you and your child walk into a Dental Associates office, you’ll have a lot to smile about. Our pediatric dentists, and their entire support staff, are experienced and compassionate. We care about your child’s teeth; from that very first tooth, through adolescence and beyond.
Your Child’s “Dental Home”
Nothing would make us happier, and we think nothing would make you happier, than to make Dental Associates your “dental home.” A Dental Home is basically the relationship between the dentist and the patient; a relationship that begins with you and your child at your child’s very first visit and continues through life. From the first time you bring your child in to see us, which should be no later than their first birthday, you’ll receive all the care you need, from preventive care to oral health maintenance to emergency care. This is important.
Having an established dental team, which usually consists of a pediatric dentist, hygienist and support staff, means you have one team that gets to know your child’s mouth completely. They are in tune with your child’s oral history, growth and development, and changes within the mouth. This means they can be proactive with your child’s care.
As your Dental Home, Dental Associates will also make sure your child’s oral health care is offered to you in a continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. And you’re also assured referral to a dental specialist if your child needs it. You get that with Dental Associates, and you get it in the same building. Our general dentists and pediatric dentists work in the same building as our specialists, so you have all the care you could ever need all at the same site. Home is a place where you’re at your most comfortable. And with Dental Associates as your Dental Home, you will be.
Healthy Teeth as a Child Lead to Healthy Teeth as an Adult
Good habits start early. And the great thing about the habit of maintaining good oral health is that it’s easy and quick. Just a few minutes a day of brushing and flossing can keep a healthy smile for a lifetime. As soon as your child is born, care for their mouth and gums. Then as your child’s teeth start to emerge, start caring for the teeth. The formula for healthy teeth for both children and adults is actually quite simple: brush teeth twice a day, floss daily, see your dentist regularly, and avoid sugary foods and drinks. Doing this will help keep your child’s teeth and mouth healthy and will help establish a solid, healthy foundation for their adult teeth. If you get them into the good habit of brushing and flossing regularly, they’ll carry that with them into adulthood, too.
Establishing Good Brushing Habits with Kids
Modeling good oral hygiene behaviors is one of the best ways to get your child to start practicing good oral hygiene. And you can never start to early! Let your child watch you brush. Give your child their very own toothbrush to copy what you do. And praise them when you notice them holding the brush correctly and making the brushing motions correctly. A few minutes each day playing “brush our teeth” will be quality time well spent! Learn how to make brushing teeth fun and oral hygiene tips for kids.
Food & Drinks and the Impact on Children’s Dental Hygiene
Sugar is everywhere and in almost everything. But the less sugar in your child’s diet, the better for their teeth and overall health. That’s not always easy to do, especially with packaged and convenience foods so readily available. The best snacks to offer your child are fresh fruits and vegetables. If you do give your child sweet snacks, have them brush thoroughly afterward. Learn more about children oral hygiene and diet.
Baby Bottles and Tooth Decay
Even though most babies don’t have erupted teeth, they’re still susceptible to tooth decay. This is called baby bottle tooth decay and occurs when a baby falls asleep with a bottle of milk or juice in his mouth. Basically, the liquid’s sugars pool in your baby’s mouth after he falls asleep. The sugar clings onto the bacteria already present in your baby’s mouth, which in turn creates acids that attack your child’s developing teeth, even if they have not erupted through the gums. Learn more about baby bottle tooth decay.
When Should a Child First See a Dentist?
Baby teeth are important. Even though children lose baby teeth to make way for adult teeth, the health of those primary teeth set the course for the health of those teeth coming in. So they need to be taken care of. That’s why you should visit your dentist within six months after your child’s first tooth pops through, and no later than your child’s first birthday. This first visit includes an oral exam to check for decay as well as an inspection of your child’s gums, jaw, and bite to make sure everything is looking good and on course. Learn more about your child’s first visit to the dentistA Child's First Dentist Visit.
Dental Sealants for Children’s Teeth
Brushing and flossing regularly helps prevent tooth decay. But because of the way our mouths are shaped, it can be hard to give our back teeth the good brushing and flossing they need. These teeth, called premolars and molars, are extra susceptible to tooth decay not only because of where they are positioned in the mouth, but also because they have grooves and depressions where plaque can sit and collect. These pits and pockets are mostly on the biting surfaces, and even if your child brushes vigorously, the toothbrush bristles simply don’t get down into the grooves.
To help ward off tooth decay in these very susceptible areas, your dentist might recommend putting a sealant on your child’s teeth. A dental sealant is a protective coating painted over the chewing surfaces of these hard to reach back teeth that protect the teeth from the sugars and acids that can cause tooth decay.
Applying a dental sealant is a quick and easy process: The teeth are first cleaned. Then the chewing surfaces are roughed up with an acidy solution to help the sealant adhere to the tooth. The sealant is then 'painted' onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. Usually a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden. This all takes place in one office visit and is quick, easy and painless. Sealants are also undetectable. They can only be seen close-up and are rarely visible when your child talks or smiles.
A dental sealant is just one more way to help protect your child’s teeth. And when combined with brushing twice a day, flossing teeth daily, eating a balanced diet, limiting snacks, and visiting your dentist regularly, your child will be well on their way to a lifetime of smiles!
Get Started Today!
If you’re ready to get your child started on a lifetime of good oral health, visit our Locations page to find our dental clinic near you. Call the clinic of your choice and tell them you’re interested in an examination with a pediatric dentist. Or, Request an Appointment here.
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