Our team will do all we can to help children have an awesome dental experience. A little preparation by parents can help ensure a child leaves happy and looks forward to coming back.
Helping children understand what is going to happen can be beneficial because new experiences can be intimidating. Here are a few tips for parents to help their children enjoy their dental experience:
When your child comes in for their first visit, we will examine your child’s teeth and gums to be sure that their first set of teeth are developing optimally. While baby teeth are obviously not permanent, they help determine the path for their adult teeth and are an important part of speech and the establishment of a healthy bite. Keeping your child’s baby teeth healthy is an important step in your child’s dental development.
Healthy baby teeth allow children to chew and speak properly. They are also placeholders in the jaw for developing permanent teeth. If a primary tooth falls out prematurely, neighboring teeth may move into the empty space, meaning there won’t be enough room for the permanent tooth to grow in. This may cause crooked or overcrowded permanent teeth.
Yes! You should begin cleaning your baby’s mouth a few days after they are born. Wipe your baby’s gums with a damp washcloth or gauze pad after each feeding to remove plaque and help your child learn the feel of clean teeth and gums.
Decay can occur as soon as your child develops teeth. One of the biggest risks of cavities comes from the usage of baby bottles during sleep or from continuous breast feeding. Milk, formula and other sugary drinks can pool in your child’s mouth, causing the teeth to be exposed to acids that cause decay. If your child needs a bottle to sleep at night, fill it with water.
Parents should brush their children’s teeth until they are six to nine years of age. Until this age, children don’t have the dexterity skills required to brush their teeth the proper way, and therefore can’t prevent tooth decay.
Fluoridated toothpaste should be introduced when a child is two years of age. Prior to that, parents should clean the child’s teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. When toothpaste is used after age two, the child should be supervised to make sure he or she uses a ‘smear’ of toothpaste, just enough to create foam on the toothbrush. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing. After age three, a pea-sized amount should be used.
Every six months. By seeing your child every six months, we can clean the teeth so they are free of plaque and tartar before serious problems develop. Children grow and change very quickly, so with regular check-ups, WE will not only check for dental decay, but also observe any irregularities in the teeth spacing, bite, tooth mobility, and facial structure.
Join in as Peppa goes to the dentist for a dental checkup.
Join Daniel Tiger as he visits the dental to get his teeth cleaned.
Great health starts with good habits. This is a great video to show your kids the proper way to manage their oral hygiene.
What are cavities and how to prevent them.
Reading a story about visiting the dentist can help ease anxiety and turn it into a positive experience. Some of Fort Dental’s favorite reads are:
- Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer
- Dentist Trip (Peppa Pig) by Scholastic
- Smile by Raina Telgemeier (for ages 8-12 years)