Taking good care of your child’s teeth will prevent the development of cavities and tooth decay. In this short article, your Edmond dentist offers professional dental advice and tips to help you keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong.
Clean Your Child’s Teeth Regularly
Regular teeth-cleaning will promote good dental health. You should apply these tips so you can clean your children’s teeth effectively.
- Use infant tooth paste with fluoride to brush your baby’s teeth immediately the first milk teeth break through. This usually occurs at the age of six months. In some kids, it may take place earlier. A fluoride tooth paste for children usually has lower levels of fluoride and some calcium to strengthen the enamel and prevent tooth decay.
- After you children attain the age of 6, you may use family toothpaste that contains 1,350 to 1,500 ppm fluoride. But you must monitor the brushing so they don’t lick toothpaste from its tube or eat it.
- Children below the age of 3 years should only use a smear of toothpaste. Those who are between the age of 3 and 6 years should only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. You may also check the toothpaste tube or ask your Edmond dentist at New Image Dentistry for more information.
- Encourage your children to spit out any excess toothpaste. But don’t rinse their mouths’ with plenty of water. Rinsing the mouth with a lot of water will wash away most of the fluoride and thereby reducing all the benefits.
Supervise Your Child’s Tooth Brushing
You should carefully supervise your children’s tooth brushing till they attain the age of 7 or 8 years old. Make sure they brush their teeth immediately after they wake up and just before they go to sleep at night. You may either brush the teeth yourself or watch them closely as they do it. After the age of 8, your children can be left to brush their teeth by themselves. But you should still check on them once in a while to make sure they are doing it properly.
To make sure that your children learn to brush their teeth well, you should:
- Hold their hands and guide them so they can easily feel the right movement.
- Let your children brush their teeth in front of a mirror so they can see the brush as it cleans their teeth.
- Add some fun and excitement to it by timing them with an egg timer for about 2 minutes.
- Prevent your children from running around while the toothbrush is still in their mouths so they don’t hurt themselves.
Take Your Child to the Dentist
Let your child have his first dental appointment by the time he is celebrating his first birthday. The initial visit is meant to help your child become familiar with the dentist’s office. It will also help you get more professional advice on how to care for your child’s teeth. Usually when you visit a dentist in Edmond, you will be given a 1-year pass till age 2 if your child is no longer using a feeding bottle and does wake up to eat or drink at night. Thereafter, you should visit your dentist at least once every six months.
After your child reaches the age of 5, your dentist is expected to take the first X-ray of your child’s teeth to look for any cavities. Between the ages of six and twelve, when permanent teeth finally replace baby teeth, prevention of cavities is vital. That is why your dentist will usually recommend a sealant. A teeth sealant is a thin plastic coating that sticks to the chewing surfaces of the teeth. The molars have the highest risk of developing cavities so they are most frequently treated with the sealant. The sealant prevents bacteria from gaining access to the valleys and grooves of the teeth to cause cavities.
Apart from a teeth sealant, a fluoride varnish may be applied to both baby and permanent teeth. This involves painting the varnish on the surface of the teeth every six months to prevent them from decaying. The varnish strengthens the enamel and makes it resistant to bacteria and decay. Varnish can be used on children’s teeth from the age of three.
Effective dental care and regular dental check-ups will keep your children’s baby and adult teeth healthy. For more professional dental advice and consultation please contact your Edmond dentist at New Image Dentistry by calling (405) 285-8880 or reach us by email through the contact form on this website.