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Pediatric Dentistry

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Starting Well

A child’s first visit to the dentist should be around his or her first birthday. This visit is mainly for your child to become familiar and comfortable with our dentist and staff. Children sometimes fear the unknown, so our office makes a special effort to use friendly, non-frightening, simple words to describe every part of the appointment. We want you and your child to feel at ease for the entirety. Parents may also join their child in the exam room or sit in the chair with their child.

Your child’s primary teeth come in and shed at various times during childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting at age 6, and continue until 21 years old. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32 including the molars or wisdom teeth). 

Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

It is important to brush at least twice a day. Teach your child about proper brushing techniques with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Parent supervision and help is encouraged until your child is 7 years old. Kids also mimic you - let them watch you as you brush and floss your teeth, so they can see a good example. 

Proper Brushing & Flossing

When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly, making sure to cover all areas between teeth and the teeth’s surface. It will take several minutes to do a thorough job. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse. As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush. 

A toothbrush can’t reach all areas in your mouth; dental floss removes food particles and plaque. Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gumline. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go to ensure the food particles are removed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little. That is okay! Your gums will get used to it (if the bleeding persists, inform a staff member at your next appointment.) It is very important to floss daily! 

Food and Dental Health

Try to limit the amount of sugary drinks and foods, as this sugar causes tooth decay. Or, if your child drinks anything other than water or eats a sugary snack, offer water to help remove sugar from the tooth’s surface.