Your children’s needs differ from your own, and their dental treatment should follow suit. Our pediatric dentist prioritizes your child’s needs to encourage their comfort in the office.
Dentistry for children helps establish positive dental attitudes from an early age, leading to excellent oral hygiene for life. One of the most common childhood diseases in our country is tooth decay. We aim to change that with early dental treatment and pediatric preventive dentistry. With a beautiful, strong smile, your child will not only be in exemplary health but will also feel positive about his or her well-being, self-image, and personal achievements.
Great smiles make us feel good about ourselves! And we want that feeling for your child.
Oral Hygiene For Kids
While we do all that we can, we only see your children twice a year, making you the primary enforcer of good dental hygiene. Introducing oral care early in your child’s life is crucial to dental health. A strong oral hygiene routine for children includes:
- Thorough cleaning of your infant’s gums after feeding with a wet cloth, to stimulate gum tissue and remove bacteria
- Gentle brushing of your baby’s teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste
- Teaching your children brushing techniques between ages 2-3, then flossing between 7-8
- Ensuring that your children are receiving fluoridated water and/or using fluoride toothpaste for the development of strong enamel
Talking to your children about their dental appointments will help them feel good about checkups and procedures. Encourage your children to discuss any dental fears they may have, and explain the steps of a dental exam to remove any scary sense of mystery.
Children’s Dental Care
Your children should visit Dr. Baudean regularly so that we may check for decay and monitor signs of developmental dental problems. While baby teeth are temporary, they guide the development of permanent teeth and also impact your child’s self confidence and their speech. Keeping primary teeth cavity-free will help your child feel comfortable smiling, socializing normally and living their daily life.
Common topics brought up during your toddler’s or child’s dental exam may include
- Sealants – These thin layers of plastic cover problem teeth like molars and prevent decay from finding its way into cracks.
- Baby bottle decay – Allowing your child to fall asleep with a bottle in his/her mouth or immediately after drinking milk creates a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Pacifier use / thumb sucking – Though dentally acceptable before the age of six, your child will need to stop sucking before their adult teeth begin to erupt. Not doing so will lead to orthodontic problems.
- Fluoride treatment – This varnish is painted on to the teeth to help protect the enamel and prevent cavities from developing. The better we prevent cavities during childhood, the more positive the experiences your child will have regarding their dental health.
- Healthy diet – A nutrient-rich diet with diverse whole grains, protein, fruits and vegetables will positively impact your child’s oral and whole body health.
We are always available as a resource during your time exposing your children to oral hygiene and dental care. Please get in touch with any questions or concerns.