As we wrap up National Children’s Dental Health Month, we want to share 5 things to keep in mind when it comes to your child’s dental care.
- Cavities are the most common chronic condition in kids
At Elevate, we strive to prevent cavities with specialized fluoride treatments as well as providing education for cavity prevention. We also strongly recommend sealants, as they are a preventative treatment which may prevent cavities.
- A Dental Home should be established by age one
Before the first birthday, your child should be evaluated by a dental professional. At this time, a specialized home care plan can be established for the family and caregivers.
- Don’t forget to scrub those baby teeth!
It’s never too early to start brushing your baby’s teeth. Your dentist will help you establish a good home hygiene routine that will include brushing the teeth, cleaning the gums, and even the tongue. As your child grows, the home care may change, but a routine checkup is a must. Baby teeth tends to get cavities quickly, and also needs frequent evaluations.
- Teething is normal
Teething can take place anytime during a child’s first 12 months of life and will likely persist until about 2 years of age. When teeth are preparing to break through the gums, there is likely to be a significant increase in drooling and limited appetite. Because of possible pain associated with teething, children may find it difficult to sleep or eat from a bottle. Chilled teething toys may be a great option for your little one.
- Thumb sucking can cause damage to baby teeth and adult teeth
Thumbsucking is a very common habit in babies. It tends to soothe and comfort babies and small children, especially during bedtime. Thumbsucking may cause problems with the developmental growth of the mouth, and also cause issues with the adult teeth. Habitual thumbsucking should be discouraged after the age of 5, but earlier is recommended.
A beautiful, healthy smile starts early on and we can’t wait to see your little one at Elevate Dental!
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