Brushing and Flossing Do More Than Just Clean Teeth

pediatric dentist Tarrant CountyTaking your child for their first dental visit with the pediatric dentist is encouraged at around the twelve month mark. Several baby teeth should have erupted at this stage. Your child receives an examination to assure their oral health is on track. This also provides the perfect opportunity for the caregiver to ask questions and receive the information needed to maintain excellent oral health as your child grows.

Brushing – As your child ages it is imperative that you instill and monitor this important daily habit. As a toddler you will need to assist your child as their coordination and attention to detail require your expertise. The correct tools (a soft bristle tooth brush) and age appropriate tooth paste (nothing with fluoride until your child has mastered spitting) are all you need. But bring your patience as your child might offer resistance as brushing twice every day (at a minimum) may feel redundant to them.

Flossing – There are many kinds of dental floss available. You can get flavored, plain, waxed, floss tape, floss picks … the selection is varied. Find the one that works best for your needs, and allow your child to watch you floss every day. Make it a game or contest to encourage their participation; the important thing is to groove flossing into a daily habit for you and your child.

Flossing is critical to healthy dentition. Food debris not reached by a tooth brush are removed, gum tissue is stimulated with gentle flossing around the gum lines, and plaque growth becomes minimized with daily flossing. Plaque is the leading cause of dental decay and/or gum disease.

Dental decay is often more prevalent in children as their teeth are still growing and lack the strength from minerals that are present in adults. This coupled with their diet may lead to decay forming. Your pediatric dentist can provide tools to help prevent cavities such as fluoride treatments to strengthen dental enamel; and sealants that can be applied to chewing surfaces to help protect them from decay formation.

Brushing and flossing are the tools for healthy dentition, and daily care helps to keep teeth looking their best; helps keep breath fresh; and coupled with regularly scheduled six month dental visits will help allow the patient to maintain excellent dental health for their lifetime.

Call our team at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry with any questions you have or to schedule an appointment for your child!

Tips for Toothaches

childrens emergency dentistThere are many reasons you or your child may be experiencing a toothache. A morsel of food may be caught between teeth (this is where daily flossing comes in very handy); gum irritation; a tooth may be impacted; dental decay may be present; or your child may be suffering from one or more teeth erupting. Very often there is an easy solution, but for more serious issues a visit with your children’s emergency dentist may be in order.

For erupting teeth, there are oral applications that can ease discomfort when placed on gum tissue where teeth are coming in. A medication free option is to freeze a teether designed for this problem … letting your child chew on this offers comfort.

You and your children should be flossing daily. This should remove food debris that may be caught. But more importantly this daily action also helps keep plaque from building. Teaching your child to floss is important, and letting them watch you floss teaches them how to floss as well as sets a great example.

Erupting teeth is something everyone experiences; but an impacted tooth often occurs when there is insufficient space for a tooth to come in. This is very common for wisdom teeth but can affect other teeth as well resulting in overcrowding and pushing teeth outward or inward. In either case, the occlusion is affected.

Dental decay is a primary cause for a toothache. There are a couple of tools your family dentist  can offer such as fluoride treatments to strengthen dental enamel; and for teeth that have not already experienced a cavity, there are dental sealants. Sealants are painted on the chewing surfaces of molar teeth providing a barrier where dental decay often starts.

Dental emergencies arising from a toothache can be traumatic for the patient and family members. This is why children should begin seeing their dentist around the age of twelve months. Not only is the child examined at this early appointment for assurance that all is proceeding normally with their oral health, but regular visits allow the child to become acclimated with the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office. This makes needed visits less intimidating.

Emergencies can occur for many reasons, but to help limit visits with the children’s emergency dentist encourage daily brushing, flossing, and make sure your child sees their family dentist every six months.

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