Good dental care for children begins before a baby’s first tooth appears. And, by collaborating with Cambridge Dentistry, you will teach your child to begin a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits. The number one dental problem among preschoolers is tooth decay. Many parents assume incorrectly that cavities in baby teeth don’t matter because they are lost anyway. Dental decay in baby teeth can affect permanent teeth and lead to future dental problems.
On or before their first birthday call our offices to schedule your little one’s first dental check-up. Before that date, it is important to do the following:
- Wipe your baby’s gums with a soft washcloth after feeding. This helps to remove bacteria, which can cause tooth decay.
- Once their teeth begin to erupt, brush the teeth twice a day with water using an infant toothbrush.
- When your baby’s teeth touch, you can begin flossing in between them.
At your baby’s first dental visit, our dentist will explain proper brushing and flossing techniques and do a modified exam. Our team will also discuss various topics with you including, sippy cup or bottle use, fluoride usage, detailing which teeth may erupt in the coming months, and outlining an appointment schedule. These trips can help find problems early and help your child become used to visiting us so they will have less fear as they get older.
Around the age of two, your child can learn to spit while brushing. By the time they are three years old, they can use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Children younger than eight should always be supervised, as they are more likely to swallow toothpaste.
Your child’s check-ups should be continued on a regular schedule, usually every six months. However, it could be more or less frequent depending on your child’s individual needs. Our team will work with you and your child to ensure proper brushing and flossing techniques are being used. We will also be looking at a wide range of issues associated with pediatric dental health, including checking for jaw alignment, a possible overbite, and making sure that all the teeth are developing normally.
If your child appears to be at risk for cavities or other problems, we may begin to apply a topical fluoride to the teeth. We can do this even before all the teeth come in. The fluoride hardens the dental enamel and helps provide extra protection against cavities.
As your child’s permanent teeth grow in, we can help prevent decay by applying a thin coat of resin (called a sealant) to the back teeth, where most of the chewing is done. This protective sealant can keep bacteria from settling in the hard-to-reach areas of the molars.
Our recommendation is to start habits early:
Lead by example - Show your kids that practicing good oral health is important by practicing it yourself.
Bring them in to see us regularly - Routine dental checkups are not only good for the mouth, but it can also help build a comfort level with us.
Remind them to brush - Always ask your children if they have brushed before they leave for school or before they go to bed.
Teach them the importance of flossing - Flossing is just as important as brushing, and can help prevent gum disease.
Reduce the sugar in their diets - Replace sugary snacks and drinks with healthy alternatives such as fruit, cheese, crackers, and water.
Reward their healthy habits - Don’t forget the tooth fairy!
Call Cambridge Dentistry to schedule your child’s dental appointment. We look forward to building a partnership with you for your child’s dental requirements. We have two conveniently located offices on Dundas and Franklin Plaza or Westgate Plaza.