No child should fear going to the dentist, though it is natural because of the sounds, lights and dental equipment. It’s scary for adults so it can certainly be terrifying for an impressionable child.
However, All Smiles Bethesda has trained and experienced dental office staff who can help your ill-at-ease child become less and less frightened with each dental treatment. You and your children should become more and more comfortable as they visit our office. A visit to the dentist should be a positive experience.
Their First Birthday
When your child is one year old, they should visit the dentist. The American Dental Association recommends that children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. By that time, newly-erupted teeth need proper dental care and will benefit from proper oral hygiene habits.
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Your Child’s New Teeth Arrive
Primary or baby teeth will begin arrive between the ages of six and 12 months. They continue to erupt until around age three. These teeth will make your child's gums feel tender and sore.
So, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them to alleviate the pain. A teething ring may also help with the pain. Following your child’s teething, twenty primary teeth should appear.
During childhood, your child's first primary teeth will shed around age six and be replaced with 28 teeth (32 counting wisdom teeth). These changes continue through childhood and until age 21.
Your Child’s Oral Hygiene Habits
Once you child's teeth have erupted, examine their teeth every two weeks. You may find lines or discoloration caused by decay. This decay may be a result of sugar-laden foods and beverages which attack new teeth. The best way to combat tooth decay is through regular teeth brushing after eating or feeding. Brush their teeth four times a day for strong oral hygiene after every meal and before bed.
Teeth brushing is a fun activity for children this age. So, brush their new teeth as soon as they arrive. Use a very soft-bristled toothbrush and a tiny amount of toothpaste. If the child is under two years old, don’t use a fluoride toothpaste unless your pediatric dentist advises you to do so. Proper tooth brushing procedures should be reviewed with your child.
We also recommend flossing their teeth. It is a part of good oral hygiene habits. All Smiles Bethesda dental staff will discuss with you concerning the best time to begin flossing. If you see tooth decay, contact our office immediately.
Regular Pediatric Dental Checkups at All Smiles Bethesda
Sugars left in the child’s mouth that turn into an acid, breaking down teeth and causing tooth decay. Too many children and adolescents do not practice regular and smart oral hygiene habits thus causing tooth decay. Truly, the best way to prevent tooth decay and keep their healthy smile (and save parents a lot of money) is to practice regular brushing and flossing routines. Also, regular dental visits will prevent tooth decay.
All Smiles Bethesda recommends that you should bring you child in for regular dental checkups and cleanings every six months. Fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth help keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants which seal deep grooves in children's teeth will prevent decay in hard-to-reach areas. Sealants may last for several years and are monitored regularly during your child's checkups.