Here at Newman Family Dental, we love to work with children, and they love working with our caring, professional staff.
Our staff understands the needs and care required for growing kids and will pay special attention to ensure that they understand and enjoy their dental experience. We recommend that you bring your kids in for a dental visit starting at 2 years of age.
Below are a few tips to follow when caring for children’s teeth.
Early Care – begin gum care after each feeding by gently wiping the baby’s gums with a soft, damp wash cloth or gauze pad. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush when teeth start to appear.
Teething – the discomfort of new teeth can be reduced by lightly rubbing the baby’s gums with a clean finger or gauze pad. A cool teething ring can also help to cool those tender gums. Please contact us if your babies teething is keeping you up at night.
Bottle Mouth – this condition, which can lead to cavities, is caused by constant nursing on milk, formula, or sugary juices before bedtime. Prevent this condition by giving your baby a safe pacifier or a bottle of plain water at bedtime or nap time.
Nutrition – Did you know that by cutting sugary and sticky foods like candy, cookies and soda pop out of your child’s diet, that tooth decay and other dental problems can be prevented? Ask us to discuss this in more detail with you.
While it varies from child to child, generally children under age eight need help brushing their teeth. Whether you are still brushing your child’s teeth or just supervising, you should follow these simple guidelines.
Brush at least twice a day – in the morning and just before bedtime – everyday.
Spend two minutes brushing – concentrating on the chewing surfaces and back teeth, where cavities often first develop.
Use a pea-sized amount of children’s fluoride toothpaste. Teach your child to spit out any toothpaste left in their mouth after brushing.
Look for a tooth brush that is suitable for your child’s age and dexterity.
Never ever share tooth brushes between children.
Brushing your teeth together sets a good example and helps your child to learn, by watching and imitating you, their greatest role model.
As early as you can start flossing in between your child’s teeth to remove left behind food. Ask your dentist for advice if you’re unsure when to begin, or how to do it.
Remember, good oral care begins with you. A lifetime of great oral care can be a reality for your child if you get him or her off on the right track early. Keep them motivated by creating a good example – yourself.
We’re looking forward to having you and your child as patients. You can confidently put your child’s smile in our capable hands.
Give us a call and set up their next appointment for a quick checkup today.