Why is it so hard to get kids to brush their teeth? What can parents do to prevent dental fear?
We want to help our patients and their parents get started on the right foot when it comes to dental care. Here is a child dental guide from your local pediatric dentist
Child Dentist Recommendations: Basic Home Care Tips
The first step in caring for your child’s teeth is regular home care. Here are some recommendations from a local kid dentist.
- 1. Dental hygiene should start before the child gets their first tooth. After eating or drinking, rub your child’s gums with a clean, damp washcloth.
- 2. Use an infant toothbrush once your child gets their first tooth and brush twice a day. At two years of age, they can use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Up until that point, we recommend fluoride-free toothpaste. Whenever a child is using toothpaste—fluoridated or un-fluoridated—make sure they spit instead of swallow.
- 3. Make brushing fun! Tell them why they need to brush and show them. In fact, make brushing something the whole family does together.
- 4. Start flossing as soon as their teeth come together. They can floss on their own around ages 8-10.
Some Facts about Pediatric Dental Appointments & Procedures
Here are some facts about when to get your child started at the kid dentist office.
- 1. Dental Exam: A dental exam should be done within six months of the child getting their first tooth. This typically happens around 12 months of age. A trip to the pediatric dentist will ensure that your child is comfortable, less likely to develop dental fear, get dental hygiene instructions, and monitor for early signs of decay.
- 2. Dental Cleaning: We recommend getting a child in for a cleaning somewhere between age two and three years, when they’ll be more emotionally ready. Plaque removal is important in preventing decay, pain, and early tooth loss.
- 3. Sealants: Dental sealants fill in the deep pits on the biting surfaces of the back teeth, where it can be difficult to clean. To prevent cavities, sealants should be placed as soon as a child gets their first permanent molar—around age six.
Get Your Child Started On the Right Foot
By starting early, you can teach your child proper hygiene and ensure they have a good relationship with their pediatric dentist. The result: not only will your child have less dental problems; they’re more likely to take better care of their teeth as adults.
Do you have other questions about your child’s dental health? Contact us today. We will be happy to answer all of your dental health questions.
Adaven Children’s Dentistry
1701 N Green Valley Pkwy # 8E Henderson, NV 89074