Being a parent is often just as stressful as it is rewarding. There are countless things to think about if your children are to be as happy and healthy as possible, and until your little one is old enough to take responsibility to various aspects of his care, it is down to you to ensure that you keep all the bases covered. Oral health isn’t to be underestimated and it is essential that you start to teach your child the importance of taking care of his teeth as soon as he is able to understand. Fortunately, you don’t have to be alone in educating your child on the need for great oral health. A great pediatric dentist will be just as committed to caring for your child’s teeth as you are.
As a parent, you will undoubtedly be committed to doing everything that you can to help preserve your child’s natural teeth for as long as possible, whether they are their first, ‘baby’ teeth or the subsequent set that begin to erupt around the age of six and that must last her the remainder of her lifetime.
Dental sealants are a type of protective covering that can be applied to the outer surface of the teeth. Sealants are made from a type of plastic that molds perfectly to the shape of your child’s teeth. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants, or if you would like to visit our offices so that your child can receive this preventative treatment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and reassuring pediatric dental team here at Forworth Children's Dentistry.
Tooth decay is the single most common dental problem affecting Americans today. You may hear your dentist refer to ‘dental caries’ or ‘dental cavities’, but all of these terms mean that you have at least one tooth being affected by tooth decay.
Brushing your teeth is important at any age, including during one’s childhood. A child is very susceptible to developing dental caries (tooth decay) due to modern diets having too much sugar and inadequate oral hygiene. While brushing is important, brushing incorrectly does harm, too. Our children’s dentist offers preventive and restorative services through checkups, cleanings, and oral health education.
Sippy cups or training cups are a mainstay in many homes where toddlers reside. They are used to transition from nursing or bottle feeding to drinking (not sucking). Your pediatric dentist will be happy to discuss this with you.
Many parents are not aware that their child should have their first visit with the pediatric dentist at twelve months of age. Even though your child is still a toddler and may have only had their baby teeth for a few months, this early exam is important to observe any unusual or serious oral conditions that may be present that can impact your child’s oral health.
A dental emergency can having lasting consequences for your child’s smile if you don’t act promptly to address the situation. Your first step should be scheduling an appointment with a children’s emergency dentist for any necessary professional treatment. However, there are also a few things that you can do at home to manage a dental emergency until your child can be seen by a dentist.
It’s never too early to take steps to protect your child’s smile, so conscientious parents will want to know how to best care for the oral health of children throughout their early years. For toddlers, whose baby teeth have erupted, this means establishing the foundation of lifelong good oral hygiene practices.
With the immediate availability of prepared foods and snacks, it may have become more difficult to monitor what your child consumes. But it is critically important to their overall and dental health to watch what they eat and drink, make sure they are brushing and flossing every day and visiting your children’s dentist every six months for cleaning and checkup.