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Children experiences with dentists are always a delicate matter.


Our experience and knowledge combined with a genuine concern for what works best for kids creates an atmosphere that is both motivational and educational, building trust and a fear free relationship that will help your child grow up with out the fear of dentists which will lead to a long and healthy life of his/her teeth.



Early detection of problems as well as comprehensive prevention program can help your child maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime and help prevent the need for extensive, costly dental treatment.



Your child should have a dental appointment before his or her first birthday, and check-ups should be scheduled about every six months after that to be sure no cavities or other problems develop. During these appointments, we will talk with you about your child's oral health and hygiene, including teething, fluoride, brushing and flossing, cavities, sealants and orthodontics and more such as:

  1. Early detection of caries and closure of pits and fissure that could   promote progression    of caries
  2. Early intervention to prevent the development of misalignments and crowding of teeth
  3. Orthodontic Treatment
  4. Habbit breaking Appliances (to stop thumb sucking or tongue thrusting

 


Although baby teeth (deciduous or primary teeth) are eventually replaced with permanent teeth, healthy baby teeth are fundamental to a child's overall health and development as their premature loss could significantly affect the permenant teeth and their relationship with the developing jaws.

 

 

Oral Health Care Necessities for Children & Infants

 Here's a list of dental care necessities from birth on up:

Baby Teeth Cleaning: Baby teeth should be cleaned as soon as they erupt. Clean your baby's teeth with a soft washcloth or gauze after every bottle or meal. When more than one tooth erupts, you can soak a small-bristled child-sized (age-appropriate) toothbrush in warm water before using it on your baby's teeth, as instructed by your dentist.



Baby teeth should be brushed using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Use water without fluoride until approximately six months of age. Encourage your children to brush their own teeth once they have the coordination to do so. Replace toothbrushes every two to three months.



Children's teeth should be brushed after they are given medicine. Acids contained in medicines may eat away at tooth enamel, which serves as a natural protective coating for the teeth. They should also brushed after each meal and before sleeping. Sugars (found in cake, cookies, candy, milk and juice) and starches (found in pretzels and potato chips) can cause tooth decay.



First Dental Visit: It is important that your child see a dentist by age one to establish a long-term dental hygiene and professional dental cleaning plan.



Dental Sealant Application: Dental sealants are used to protect teeth from decay and are appropriate as soon as a tooth erupts. They block out the areas (pits and fissures) where food can get trapped and initiate decay.  You should schedule an appointment with your dentist to evaluate the need of pits and fissure sealants to prevent decay.



Fluoride Treatments: Check with your dentist and water authority about the need for fluoride treatments. Fluoride is a major component in the prevention of childhood dental caries. This is because fluoride alters the molecular structure of the tooth, making it more resistant to acid attack and decay.However, children require the right balance of fluoride treatment. Too much fluoride could be problematic and lead to fluorosis.



Dental Flossing: Parent-assisted dental flossing should commence when two teeth erupt next to each other. Independent flossing should occur when children have the ability to do it on their own (often by six years of age).



Orthodontics: Orthodontics may be appropriate by seven years of age. It is important to consult your dentist at your regular visits as to when orthodontic intervention is needed. The earlier problems are addressed, the easier the treatment will be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Baby-to-Child Dental Checklist

Some babies are born with neonatal teeth (teeth that develop in the first month) that require dental hygiene or a visit to the dentist for their removal. At least one baby tooth erupts by six months of age. And, yes, it requires cleaning.

From six months to 24 months, children begin teething in earnest, indicated by irritability, biting on objects, drooling and ear pulling. As a parent, you can help teething progress by using strategies such as massaging your child's gums, offering a chilled teething ring or cold, wet washcloth and asking your dentist for a teething ointment recommendation.

By three years of age, most if not all baby teeth have erupted. Soon after four years, spaces for permanent teeth begin to appear as the jaw, supporting bone structure and facial bones begin to grow. Pits and fissures sealants may be needed.

From six to 12, it is typical for your child to have both baby teeth and permanent teeth in their mouth. Orthodontic intervention may be needed. Pits and fissures sealants may be needed.

Keep in mind that these age ranges are estimates only; you should follow your dentist's recommendations.

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