Children are treated with tender and extra care at Verma Cosmetic & Family Dentistry as we understand that children are often apprehensive and anxious about their dental treatment. We have the experience and can offer options of sedation for procedures to care of children’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.
- Provide the dentist with a list of any medical conditions your child has or medications he takes. Keep your pediatrician’s phone number handy, too, in case we need additional health information.
- If your child has a sucking habit, be it thumb, pacifier, or bottle, let the dentist know, as it may affect your child’s teeth and jaw. Also, be aware that sleeping with a bottle of milk or juice can cause tooth decay. “During sleep, liquids in the mouth — which are full of sugar and bacteria — pool around the teeth and erode them.
- Talk to your child about what’s going to happen. Practice brushing with your child beforehand, too, so she will be used to having a toothbrush in her mouth.
Good Habits at Home
Follow these tips to put your child on the road to a bright, healthy smile.
- Stop sucking habits as soon as possible. They lead to potential tooth misalignment.
- Choose a soft, kid-size brush. Replace the brush every three months.
- Use no more than a pea-size amount of toothpaste on your child’s brush. This offers adequate fluoride and protection from fluorosis, a damaging oral condition caused by over ingestion of fluoride.
- Help your toddler brush after breakfast and before bed. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children under age eight brush with parents’ help.
- Avoid starchy and sugary snacks. They stick to teeth and increase the risk of decay.
- If your child is unable to brush, rinse her mouth with water to wash away food particles and sugar.
- Call your community’s water department to find out whether your water is fluoridated, and talk to your dentist about the best fluoride for your child.