Children’s Dental Care Made Easy At Park Ridge Dental Associates
Dental care is important at any age, but it's especially crucial for children as their oral health develops. And as important as it is to perform diligent oral hygiene practices at home, it's also vital that you bring your child in for regular checkups and cleanings in order for our dental experts to keep an eye on their teeth and gums and address any early problems. Together, we can help your child build and maintain excellent oral health for life!
How can I best care for my baby or toddler's oral health?
It's never too early to start taking care of your child's teeth! You can help ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums by starting to clean their mouth as soon as they have teeth. Use a soft, wet washcloth or gauze pad to gently wipe their teeth and gums after feedings. As they get older, you can transition to using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
It's also important to avoid giving your child sugary drinks or putting them to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, or juice. The sugars in these beverages can promote the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in their mouth. If you do give them these drinks, be sure to brush their teeth afterward.
When should my child see a dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children see a dentist by their first birthday, or within six months after their first tooth comes in. This may seem early, but it's important to establish good dental habits early on and to get your child used to attending regular checkups. It also allows us to keep an eye on their oral health and address any problems early.
What will happen during my child's dental checkup and cleaning?
During your child's first visit, we'll take a thorough medical history and do a comprehensive exam of their teeth, gums, and mouth. We'll also assess their risk for cavities and other problems. If necessary, we may take x-rays to get a better look at their teeth and jaws.
Once we have a good understanding of your child's oral health, we'll clean their teeth and help them develop a good brushing and flossing routine. We may also apply fluoride to their teeth to help prevent cavities.
We'll also talk to you about ways you can help your child maintain good oral health at home, and we'll answer any questions you have. We want you to feel confident that you're doing everything you can to keep your child's smile healthy and bright for life!
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- Develop healthy habits from a young age
- Build a trusting relationship with our team
- Learn how to help your child care for their teeth
- Avoid dental issues in the short and long term
- Make their oral health a priority!