Early Infant Oral Care
Starting good habits and taking your child’s dental care into your hands is important to establishing lifelong dental health. Our team at Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Pediatric and Endodontic Dentistry in Grass Valley can help you start your child’s oral health off right. Proper nutrition, avoiding sugar, along with removing debris and plaque are all ways that we can help your child develop healthy teeth. Establishing goals, education and a care plan with Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS are the first steps in developing and maintaining healthy teeth.
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Dental Care for Babies
Pediatric dental care begins before your baby's teeth have even erupted. Parents have on occasion been surprised to see baby teeth come in already decayed. Though it's not a common problem, it is something that can be easily avoided with proper education. Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS can give you the tools you need to protect your baby's teeth before the teeth have even come in. For our youngest of patients, we will want to establish a few simple steps, such as good cleaning and diet habits.
How old Should my Child be Before Going to the Dentist?
At Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Pediatric and Endodontic Dentistry, we know it’s important to develop a good working relationship with your child. We never want them to feel afraid of our tools, equipment, or staff. Their comfort is very important and studies show that being comfortable with your dentist in childhood promotes lifelong willingness to regularly see a dentist, meaning healthier teeth throughout their life. Having your child visit the dentist at a young age and with regular frequency is a great way to establish relationships and feel comfortable in a dentist chair. Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS wants to take the time to approach your child gently, show them the dental tools, and talk with the parent, and child, on the importance of proper oral hygiene. By bringing your child to their first pediatric dental visit at our Grass Valley office between the ages of 2 and 3, it can help us foster that relationship.
Oral Care Tips for Young Children
There are tips that parents can do that will assist your child in creating good oral health habits. Some of these tips include:
When can my Child Start Brushing and Flossing?
You already know how important brushing and flossing are to your oral health. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice daily and at least once daily. Just like you, your child needs proper oral care as well. The need for this care starts earlier than you might think. At Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Pediatric and Endodontic Dentistry, we can provide you with tips on proper brushing and flossing, aiding in setting your child up for a lifetime of good oral health care habits.
What age Should my Child Start Brushing?
Brushing habits start well before the baby teeth even emerge. Starting from just a few days after birth, you can use a damp washcloth to clean the gums gently. This can be done several times a day, after feeding and before bed, which will help to clear away bad bacteria. You can do this every day until the baby teeth begin to emerge.
Once the baby teeth start erupting, you can switch to an infant toothbrush, which has very soft bristles and a small head that is designed for tiny mouths. Use only a rice-sized amount of fluoride-free toothpaste. Just like you, your child should have their teeth brushed at least twice a day.
You will need to help your child brush their teeth, even brush their teeth for them, at least until the age of 3 or 4. After the age of 3, when your child can spit out toothpaste, you can switch to a fluoridated toothpaste. From the ages of 3 to 6, you should be using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Work with your child to hold the toothbrush properly, holding it at a 45-degree angle, and make sure that they can reach every area of their mouth. Continue to monitor closely, and assist, your child until the age of 5 or 6. After the age of 6, you can monitor from afar.
What age Should my Child Start Flossing?
Flossing should begin once the baby teeth begin to fit closely together. This usually occurs somewhere between the ages of 2 and 6. Work with your child to develop good flossing habits, and help them while they develop the dexterity necessary to manipulate floss. Typically, children can floss their teeth starting around the age of 10.
When teaching your child how to floss, you can either use regular floss, or you can use specialized floss picks. If you use regular floss, you can try tying loops at each end of the string so that your child can grip it in the early stages of learning. You can then demonstrate proper flossing technique and assist your child while they work with their teeth. There is also small floss picks specifically designed for small mouths. These small plastic tools can be easier for your child to handle and can make the task of flossing a lot simpler.
Schedule a Pediatric Appointment
Do you still have questions about caring for your child's needs? Are you ready to schedule your child's pediatric dental appointment? Starting oral care habits early is essential for setting your child up for a lifetime of good oral care habits and a healthy mouth, and we are happy to answer your questions or schedule your appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment for your child, call Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Pediatric and Endodontic Dentistry today at (530) 272-5522.
Pediatric Dentistry & Endodontics
453 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945-7224
Pediatric Dentistry: Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS
Endodontics Dentistry: Steve Murphy, DMD
Tel: (530) 272-5522
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