Preventative Care for Children

Brushing Teeth At Home

Regular checkups by a dentist are essential for people of all ages.

It can prevent many serious issues with your teeth and gums. These checkups are especially important for young children whose teeth have a whole lifetime of smiles ahead of them.

Like adults, it is recommended children visit a dentist twice per year to prevent cavities and other problems with their teeth and gums.

The friendly team at Today’s Dental will give your child a comprehensive evaluation at each visit.

  • Exam of teeth and gums
  • Evaluation of their jaw and oral development
  • Cleaning
  • X-rays (once per year)
  • Child-friendly education on brushing and flossing
Pediatric Check In

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Absolutely! All teeth can get cavities if not properly cared for. The enamel on baby teeth is thinner, making them more susceptible to cavities. Baby teeth should be cared for just as diligently as you care for adult teeth to help your child avoid long-term problems, infections, and pain in their mouth.

Overall, yes- it is recommended to fill cavities in baby teeth to prevent further decay and help your child avoid pain. But the answer to this may depend on factors like how close they are to losing the affected tooth and the size of the cavity. Your dentist will know the best treatment option for your child’s unique situation.

Yes! Just like adults, kids can get plaque build-up causing tooth decay. Regular brushing and flossing can help kids avoid cavities and mouth pain associated with tooth decay. And teaching kids to brush is helping them form healthy habits for life.

No. For many reasons, it is not a good idea for your baby or young child to take a bottle to bed. Milk or juice in a bottle can sit on your child’s teeth and cause tooth decay. Experts say drinking from a bottle in bed can cause choking, ear infections, future wheezing and asthma, and can cause your child to form an unhealthy attachment to feeding in order to sleep.

A dental sealant is a thin coating painted on the chewing surface of your child’s molar teeth (teeth in the back of their mouth). Sealants can help prevent 80% of cavities in the back teeth and are a good preventative treatment for your child’s oral health.

The most important consideration is to choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. There are special toothbrushes out there for babies and children, many with adaptations to make them easier for small hands and small mouths.

There are special formulations of toothpaste for children – usually made with child-friendly flavors to be gentle to a child’s sensitive mouth. While there isn’t one specific brand we recommend, the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Dental Association all recommend using a fluoride toothpaste. Brushing should always be supervised by parents to prevent ingestion of toothpaste.

Your child can start using toothpaste when you are sure they won’t swallow it. Until that time, it is best to just use water. Once they’re able to understand they can’t swallow toothpaste, start them on a toothpaste designed for children. You only need to use a small amount of toothpaste- about the size of a grain of rice.

Every child is different, but most babies will get their first tooth between six and twelve months of age. Your child should see a dentist shortly after that first tooth arrives. Your dentist will then be able to monitor your child’s development and identify any concerns.

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