It is important to establish good dental care from before a child is born (yes, during pregnancy) forward. All pregnant women should visit the dentist before they deliver to detect tooth decay that can be accelerated by the hormonal changes of pregnancy.
Infancy and Toddlerhood
Wiping your child’s gums with a soft, wet cloth to remove plaque bacteria is a great way to introduce healthy habits to your child. At or around your child’s first birthday, you should have an appointment with a pediatric dentist. Use fluoride-free toothpaste and a soft toothbrush to brush your child’s teeth and gums at least twice per day. Drinking fluoride-treated water can give your child what s/he needs at this time.
Preschool and elementary school
You should avoid using toothpaste with fluoride with small children who do not yet know how to spit it out. Swallowing too much fluoride can cause white or brown splotches on their permanent teeth. Small children shouldn’t use toothpaste with fluoride or brush their own teeth unsupervised until they are able to spit toothpaste without swallowing it.
This typically happens in the preschool or early elementary years, although this group needs coaching and help making sure that they have brushed all of the surfaces (front, back, etc.) of their teeth. Flossing and brushing twice per day is the minimum recommendation by dentists. “If you have trouble getting your child to floss, make sure that you are giving a good example,” advises a local Spanish Fork dentist.
Up to 20 percent of children in elementary school have an untreated cavity. This causes higher school absenteeism and lower academic performance, according to studies by the Center for Disease Control.
Teens – time for the orthodontist
In order to have the best chance for successful orthodontic treatment, your child’s teeth need to be healthy. During the long years that they have their braces, regular cleaning by your dentist in Spanish Fork, Utah is critical to prevent tooth decay. Before you visit the orthodontist, it is important to make sure that your child has the maturity and self-discipline to properly care for their teeth since the addition of braces requires added diligence to maintain oral health in addition to the maintenance of the wires, appliances and brackets.read more