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If you’re searching for a “children’s dentist near me,” you need a dental care provider who understands how to protect your child’s oral health development. At Northfield Family Dental, your Denver kids dentistry experts, our friendly and compassionate dentists know from experience how to encourage kids to take their oral health seriously, while also providing expert care that helps ensure they enjoy a beautiful smile for a lifetime. That’s why we offer kids a chance to participate in our Cavity Free Club, which rewards our youngest patients for brushing and flossing with the chance to win exciting prizes.
We also know that parents can have a lot of questions when it comes to their kids’ oral health. From when to schedule a child’s first dental appointment to how to encourage good brushing and flossing habits, parents often need a little help understanding the fundamentals of their child’s oral health.
Dental experts recommend that parents schedule their child’s first dental appointment shortly after their first tooth emerges or by their first birthday, whichever comes first.
While this may seem early, the bacteria responsible for the development of tooth decay and cavities begins to attack the health of a child’s teeth from the moment they first emerge from the gum line. Early exams allow our team of experienced kids’ dentists to monitor the development of your child’s teeth while also having the opportunity to spot the early signs of decay.
Just as with adults, we recommend that kids visit one of our dentists every six months for an exam and cleaning. However, depending on the current state of your child’s oral health, more frequent visits may be necessary.
From birth, parents should clean their child’s teeth using a soft, clean washcloth. Following the emergence of a child’s first tooth, parents can begin to brush their child’s teeth using a kid-sized toothbrush.
For kids under the age of two, parents should use no more than a light smear of toothpaste. Parents should avoid using any toothpaste that contains fluoride until their child is old enough to not swallow when having their teeth brushed. For kids between the ages of two and five, parents should use slightly more toothpaste – about the size of a pea – when brushing. Parents should also continue assisting their kids when brushing until they are old enough to properly brush and floss on their own.
While it’s easy to discount baby teeth as only playing a temporary role in your child’s oral health development, they are actually more important than you might think. Baby teeth act as space holders that help to direct the development of a child’s permanent teeth. When a child loses a baby tooth at too young an age, neighboring teeth can begin to shift over to fill the vacant space. As a child’s teeth begin to move out of position, their permanent teeth may start to form in a crooked, crowded or misaligned manner.
Keeping a child’s baby teeth healthy makes it far easier for adult teeth to properly develop. This increases the likelihood that your child’s teeth develop with minimal problems. While protecting your child’s baby teeth won’t eliminate a potential need for braces later on, it can help to decrease the likelihood of orthodontic treatment.
Getting a child to take brushing and flossing seriously can easily become the source of some serious frustration for parents. Fortunately, our team of kids’ dentists have a few suggestions that could make this less of a headache for parents.
For starters, it’s important that parents stress the importance of their child’s oral health from a young age. As you brush your child’s teeth, try talking to them about why it’s important to brush and floss, and what could happen to their smile if they don’t take the habits seriously. It’s also important that parents set their own example when it comes to brushing. By demonstrating to your kids how seriously the grown-ups in the family take their own oral health, it’s easier for your kids to learn from your example than when using a “do as I say, not as I do” approach.
One of the biggest threats to a child’s oral health is from Early Childhood Caries, also known as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. This common condition occurs as a result of feeding a child using a baby bottle. When a child drinks sugary beverages from a bottle, their front teeth come into continuous contact with the liquid. Plaque, a harmful oral bacteria, uses the sugars in these liquids to produce substances that slowly erode away tooth enamel. The longer a child drinks from the bottle without having their teeth and gums cleaned, the more damage plaque can do to their long-term oral health.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay occurs most frequently in kids who are laid down with a bottle. That’s why the AAPD recommends that parents never lay their child down with a bottle that contains anything other than plain water. Parents are also encouraged to clean their child’s teeth after each feeding to lower the risk for decay.
To help get our youngest patients excited about brushing and flossing, the team at Northfield Family Dental encourages parents to enroll their kids in our Cavity Free Club. Every quarter, patients who complete a cavity-free exam are automatically enrolled in a drawing for an exciting prize. While the prize changes every quarter, we provide patients with the chance to win prizes, like a kids’ GoPro camera, that are certain to capture their imaginations. Make sure to ask any member of our team about our Cavity Free Club during your next visit to our Denver family dentist office.