Oral Health and Your Child

From the moment your child is born, questions start to fill your mind, and as their little teeth begin to break through the gums, questions about your child’s oral health pop into your head. When do you brush their teeth? What do you use? When should a child have his or her teeth cleaned. Understanding the answers is the key to getting off on the right foot when it comes to oral health. Your Austin dental provider will be able to help you with your questions. Finding a good Austin family dentist is key. They can answer your questions about invisalign too.

Start Early

Before you even see your child’s teeth, it’s important to take a wet washcloth and wipe your child’s tongue, cheeks, and gums. After the first teeth come in, you’ll want to continue to use a soft washcloth to do that morning and night. When your child develops several teeth, you may want to use a baby toothbrush and a specially formulated cleanser to help keep them clean. Most brands of kids’ toothpaste contain fluoride, so it’s essential to look at the ingredients. Fluoride can hurt your baby, so you may want to choose an alternative until they’re old enough to spit out the toothpaste you use.
As your child gets a bit older, it’s probably time to schedule an initial visit to the family dentist. Most pediatricians recommend seeing a dentist at age three, and visiting this early, especially if your child sucks a thumb, has stained teeth, or is beginning to develop other problems, is essential. The first visit is likely to help teach your child proper oral hygiene. Ask your dentist about teeth whitening Austin Texas and a veneer Austin.

Before the First Visit

Before you ever get to the dentist’s office, you may want to do a little planning. The dentist will be a new experience for your child, so plan a course of action in advance. Keep in mind that if your child gets fussy or uncooperative, you may have to reschedule the appointment. Patience and calm are essential throughout. Before you arrive, you may want to look into some storybooks with favorite characters to help reassure your child. Show Me Your Smile: A Visit to the Dentist featuring Dora the Explorer is a good choice, but so are classic selections like Mercer Mayer’s Just Going to the Dentist and The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist.

During the Visit

During the first exam, expect Dr. Roach to discuss your child’s oral history with you as well as respond to any questions or concerns you may have. You’ll learn a bit about what you can expect with regard to your child’s oral development as well as a few cavity risk factors. Both you and your child will learn a bit about how to keep his or her teeth clean. In some cases, we’ll do a gentle cleaning and a set of x-rays, depending on how old your child is. We’ll also do a thorough exam. If necessary, your child can sit on your lap during this procedure.

After the Visit

Just as we expect you to visit us every six months, your child will need to do the same. Good oral health depends on regular visits! Don’t be afraid to ask your dental provider about laser gum surgery, composite resin bonding or dental inlay restoration.

About the Author: Bobby Milton has worked in the dental industry for over 20 years and writes and lectures on many different dental topics

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