In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, we want to be your wingman and guide you with expert advice so you can best care for your child’s oral health. Since oral health is super connected to overall health, it’s uber important that your child is receiving the best dental care possible. We’re answering your questions and giving our expert advice to make you a superhero parent who can rest easy knowing your child’s oral health is in tip-top shape! Let’s go!
When should my children first visit the dentist?
Your child’s oral health is a big deal, and it’s never too early to get a good start. The American Association of Pediatric Dentists recommends that parents bring their child to a dentist before their child turns one, or just after they get their first tooth – whichever comes first.
During their initial dentist appointments, you can ask questions and address any dental concerns. We will gently swab your child’s mouth to ensure that their gums are healthy and to check for any erupted teeth. When your child’s teething process begins, we will monitor their growth and implement any measures to ensure they are correctly changing.
How often should my child go to the dentist?
Your child should visit us at least every six months. Since not all oral issues are apparent to the naked eye, routine check-ups are essential for their safety. Save them (and yourself) from the repercussions of missed dentist appointments and book their checkup today.
Six-month dentist visits can save your child from:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Improper teeth and jaw development
- Crooked teeth
- Bite misalignment
- Missing teeth
- Little problems that turn into big problems
How can I prevent tooth decay in my child?
43% of children ages 2-11 years old have tooth decay. Yikes! Untreated tooth decay is a big deal because it can cause oral infections down the road. These infections can enter the bloodstream and life-threatening health problems while also decaying adult teeth.
Twice daily brushing is a critical aspect of preventing tooth decay, but not even consistent brushing will do the job. Since toothbrushes can’t reach in between teeth, food and drink particles can reside in between your child’s teeth, wreaking havoc. Bacteria form and tooth enamel is broken down. So be sure to help your kids use floss every day before they brush their teeth. Flossing ensures particles are removed, and teeth are sparkling clean!
Avoid giving children under age one sugary drinks through a bottle, including milk, formula, fruit juice, soda, and other sweetened drinks. If your child consumes these drinks, be sure to brush or rinse their mouths out with water afterward. If your child sleeps with a bottle, it is best only to allow water.
Dental Tips for Kids
Here are some of our best tips to get your kiddo on track to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums:
- Schedule 6-month check-ups. Schedule an appointment ASAP if it’s been over six months since your child’s last visit to the dentist.
- Clean your baby’s gums daily. As your child teethes, gently wipe their gums with a clean, damp cloth to wipe off bacteria after each time they eat.
- First tooth = start brushing. It’s time to begin brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as their first tooth emerges. With an infant toothbrush, use water and a rice-grain-size of toothpaste to clean the tooth.
- Brush twice each day for two minutes. All 2-6 years old should use a pea-size amount of toothpaste and children’s toothpaste. For children under six years, be sure to monitor them as they are prone to toothpaste swallowing.
- Start flossing. With your child’s teeth begin to touch, it’s time to start flossing.
- Give them healthy snacks. Sugary drinks and candies are not suitable for oral health (or even overall health!). Calcium-rich snacks like cheese or low-sugar yogurt are great, though! If you have to resort to candy – a chocolate bar is preferable to gummy or sticky sweets. These kinds can get lodged in between the teeth, even after brushing.
- Keep them hydrated with water. Water can rinse away particles that cause cavities. Plus, it’s so good for them as it is the most effective drink for proper hydration!
Schedule their pediatric dentist in DFW appointment!
Ensure that your child is not part of the 43% with tooth decay by having them in for a thorough dental check-up soon. Our dentists are the best around and are dedicated to protecting your child’s growing smile through gentle care and education. Sit back and relax with your FREE whitening trays, and trust that your child is in the best hands possible! We can’t wait to serve the both of you.