Good Hygiene Practices

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents establish a dental home for their child by the age of 12 months.

The goal behind early dental visits is to give a comprehensive assessment for oral conditions, while building a relationship with little ones and their parents. Parents are given an idea of what to expect for upcoming dental development, and educated on best practices for home care on a regular basis.

Before teeth are present, cleaning the gums with a wet washcloth after feeding is sufficient. Once teeth are present, using a small, soft toothbrush with a small “smear” or “rice-size” amount of toothpaste is appropriate.

Maintaining twice a year check-up and cleaning appointments with your dentist is a big step in preventative dental care.

At this point in dental development molars are typically in place. Brushing twice a day with a “pea-size” amount toothpaste and flossing daily are recommended to keep teeth clean and cavity free.

Limiting frequent snacking on “cavity-promoting” snacks and drinks such as sugars and carbs will help keep teeth healthy and strong.

Maintaining twice a year check-up and cleaning appointments with your dentist is a big step in preventative dental care.

First teeth are typically lost around ages 6 or 7. Usually this happens with no problems at all and without need for assistance. If you notice a particularly stubborn baby tooth that just won’t come out and the adult tooth is coming in, give us a call.

As always, twice-a-day brushing with a “pea size” amount of toothpaste and flossing once a day is vital to good oral hygiene. Continue to steer clear of frequent snacking on “cavity-promoting snacks”.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children be evaluated by an orthodontic specialist by the age of 7. Your dentist will be evaluating for the right time to give you a referral.

Maintaining twice a year check-ups at your regular dentist is even more important during braces, as it is more difficult for patients to keep their teeth clean themselves.

It is especially important to avoid those cavity-promoting snacks during braces, as well as any hard, sticky, or chewy snacks that your orthodontist cautions you about.

Good Nutrition

A balanced diet supplies all the nutrients your child needs to grow. It is also needed to develop and maintain healthy teeth and gums. Equally important, a diet high in certain kinds of carbohydrates, such as sugars and starches, may place your child at extra risk for tooth decay.
Good Snacks

Cheese
Fresh Fruit
Low Sugar Yogurt
Popcorn
Dried Meat
Zylitol Gum
Water

Cavity-Promoting Snacks

Raisins & Dried Fruit Daily
Fruit Roll Up
Juice
Chips
Soda
Graham Crackers & Cookies
Sports Drinks
Chewy Granola Bar
Gummy Bears
Canned Fruit In Syrup
Presweetened Cereal