We offer comprehensive oral care for your child, including pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, and oral surgery.
What You Should Know About . . .
Primary teeth are important for several reasons:
- chewing food
- holding a space in the arch for un-erupted permanent teeth
The discomfort caused by decay in the primary dentition has been proven to affect a child’s ability to eat properly, sleep well and ultimately perform well in school. Early treatment—the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the first dental visit around age one—can help prevent early decay and lifelong dental problems.
Brushing & Flossing
Begin daily brushing as soon as the child’s first tooth erupts. A pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used after the child is old enough to not swallow it. With supervision, children should be able to brush their own teeth twice a day. Supervision should continue until age seven to make sure they are doing a thorough job.
Flossing removes plaque between the teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing should begin when any two teeth touch. You may wish to floss your child’s teeth until he or she can do it alone.
Fluoride has been shown repeatedly to help children reduce their risk of dental decay. Not only is fluoride beneficial on a daily basis in toothpaste, mouth rinses, and community water, but a twice a year professional application after a dental cleaning has also been proven to reduce decay.
Young children rarely do a good job of brushing their teeth on their own. Molars are especially difficult to keep clean because of the natural grooves and shape of the teeth. Sealants are one tool in the prevention of cavities. A sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and pre-molars). The plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and acts as a barrier that protects enamel from plaque and acids. The sealant is painlessly applied and costs about 65% less than a regular filling.