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5 Ways to Protect Children’s Teeth at Home

Parents typically provide oral hygiene care until the child is old enough to take personal responsibility for the daily dental health routine of brushing and flossing. A proper regimen of home preventive care for children's teeth is essential from the day your child is born. Clean your infant's gums with a clean, damp cloth. Ask your dentist if you may rub a tiny dab of toothpaste on the gums. As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste. Remember, most children's teeth are also getting fluoride from the community water supply. To avoid baby bottle tooth decay and teeth misalignment due to sucking, try to wean [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:32:13+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Protect Children’s Teeth at Home

Baby Teeth Q&A

Answers to some frequently asked questions: Q: Why do we have baby teeth and adult teeth? A: A child needs baby teeth long before his or her jaw is big enough to accommodate adult teeth. Baby, or deciduous, teeth are "starters" in every sense of the word. Q: Why worry about cavities if baby teeth fall out on their own? A: They are essential "guides" that help frame the development of adult teeth and the jawbone. The beginnings or "buds" of adult teeth are right behind, starting at birth. Severely decayed teeth can pass the disease back, and don't help the permanent teeth grow in properly. Q: How do they "know" when to fall out? A: They're forcefully pressed out [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:33:38+00:00September 17th, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Baby Teeth Q&A

Take Care of Baby Teeth

Baby Teeth Are Important To Oral Health Tooth decay is declining everywhere except among preschoolers. Proper dental care for your child and their baby teeth (also called primary teeth) is an important part of prevention, helping ensure the health of permanent teeth in later years. You won't see a newborn's teeth, but enamel and dentin are already forming in the jaw. Teething is just months away. Use a clean dry washcloth to wipe baby's gums after every feeding and continue as teeth begin to emerge. Central incisors arrive first, at nine to ten months, with lateral incisors about two months later. Once teeth appear, use a soft toothbrush on them twice daily. Encourage the child to develop the habit of [...]

By |2019-05-28T07:13:20+00:00May 28th, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Take Care of Baby Teeth

Lend Baby Teeth a Hand

Here today...gone too soon. Don't neglect baby teeth because the health of their replacements is right beneath the surface. Caring for your child's baby teeth lays a foundation for a lifetime of oral health, so teach good dental hygiene habits while the child is very young. Before the first teeth begin to surface, rub baby's gums with a clean, damp wash cloth after every feeding. Continue as the teeth emerge until baby is old enough to hold a toothbrush. Teach your children how to brush, and encourage them as they do. Teach them when to brush, after every meal and snack. Break the thumb-sucking habit before the child's fifth birthday, if possible. Encourage a taste for healthful snacks and meals. [...]

By |2019-04-24T13:31:57+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Lend Baby Teeth a Hand