Dental Care for Children

Your child needs to see a dentist as soon as their first tooth appears.  This is important because prevention of decay and other potential oral problems need to be addressed at this time to ensure good oral health as your child develops and grows.  

Seeing a dentist at this time is also good because it allows your child to become accustomed to seeing a dentist for regular checkups, and good habits (oral hygiene and dietary) need to start early.

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Tips for Parents that are Caring for Children’s Teeth:

  • For babies with 1-2 teeth present, the parent should use damp piece of gauze to wipe the teeth clean.  Toddlers and young children do not have the dexterity to brush properly.  The parent should first brush for them (using an appropriately sized toothbrush) until approximately the age of 8 (eight). Brush as best as you can, even if it is a bit of a struggle.  Kneeling beside a young child with your arm around them can often help reduce the struggle.  After the age of 8, most children can brush by themselves, however, parental supervision regarding technique and frequency of brushing is a must!
  • Remember to change your child’s toothbrush immediately after an illness, and regularly, about every 2-3 months.   
  • Rinse well with water after brushing and after baby feedings.  
  • Use only a pea-size amount of children’s fluoridated toothpaste once, and only if the child can predictably spit, otherwise, use water alone to brush.
  • Visit us every 6 months for a checkup and cleaning.  Call us if there are any questions or concerns, or if your child has any pain or discomfort.  
  • Babies should not go to bed with baby bottles/sippy-cups filled with milk, formula, juice, pop, etc...  Only with water.  Otherwise a lot of decay can occur.  Cleanse the mouth with water once they awaken.
  • Similarly, babies should not use baby bottles/sippy-cups filled with milk, formula, juice, pop, etc...  for prolonged periods of time during the day; a lot of decay can occur.  Cleanse the mouth with water after using a bottle or sippy-cup..
  • Baby teeth (primary teeth) are important to restore if they have decay, unless they are ready to be shed (ie they might be loose).  These teeth hold space for the upcoming permanent teeth.  Also if decay is left to progress, infection and abscess can occur.  
  • At approximately 1 (ONE) year of age, stop using the baby bottle and pacifier.  Prolonged and extended use of the pacifier can negatively affect the rapidly developing bite.  Switch to a regular cup or a sippy-cup.  Your child will adjust!!
  • Avoid or limit sugary foods (cakes, cookies, candies), sticky foods (toffee, jelly beans, fruit roll-ups), and sugary drinks.  Do NOT consume these often, and never before   bedtime.  ALWAYS brush afterwards and rinse well with water.
  • Certain other habits such as prolonged thumb sucking or the presence of cross-bite can be corrected (orthodontically), and necessary referrals will be made.