WHY SHOULD MY CHILD SEE A PEDIATRIC DENTIST?
With additional education, doctors specialize in treating dental issues that are specific to children. The appointment is structured to help a child develop an interest and accountability toward their own oral health. Pediatric dentists are also highly skilled with special needs patients, making for more comfortable visits for both children and parents. Schedule an appointment at Sunray Pediatric Dentistry!
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR CHILD’S FIRST EXAM
ORAL HEALTH ROUTINE FOR CHILDREN
HELP WITH BRUSHING
Kids have a difficult time brushing on their own until around the age of 6, or whenever they are coordinated enough to tie their own shoes. Before then, you’ll need to help them with brushing.
For kids age 3 and up, use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste and brush for a total of two minutes at least twice a day, spending 30 seconds on each quadrant of their mouth. As your child grows and begins brushing on their own, we recommend supervising them to ensure they are using the right amount of toothpaste and brushing properly.
LOOK OUT FOR SIGNS OF DECAY
If your child complains of a tender or sore tooth that seems sensitive to chewing, hot or cold foods and drinks, or sugary foods, they may have a cavity. You may even be able to see visual signs of tooth decay. Look for brown or black spots or visible holes or pits in the tooth. If you notice these issues, contact your child’s dentist right away for an appointment.
FOCUS ON GOOD NUTRITION
Food that’s good for your child’s body is usually good for their teeth, too. Fibrous vegetables like broccoli, whole grains, calcium-rich beverages, lean meats, and fresh fruits are all great for growing teeth.
You should limit or avoid overly-processed and sugary or starchy foods like chips, cookies, gummy candies, fruit juice, and soda. The bacteria that cause decay love to feed on simple starches and sugar, so these can contribute to the risk of cavities.
USE FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE
Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps “remineralize” and strengthen teeth that have been affected by minor decay. Your child’s dentist will likely recommend fluoride treatments during their regular dental checkups, but your child can also benefit from using an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Making regular brushing with fluoridated toothpaste a habit can keep your child’s smile bright for years to come.
REGULAR DENTAL APPOINTMENTS
At-home dental care is important for your child’s oral health, but so is a regular visit with your child’s dentist. Seeing a dentist every 6 months helps you catch potential issues like cavities early, and avoid further dental health problems. In the long run, this can save you a lot of time and money, so make sure that you and your child visit the dentist consistently to get the oral care they need.
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