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Your Children’s Teeth: What You Should Know

Let’s think back to a time when we needed to be shown how to take care of our teeth. During childhood, maintaining dental hygiene leads to cavity-free teeth, giving your child the smile they deserve to show.

Fresh Dental is here to provide our patients the right information to help educate your children on oral health. Here, we aim to answer some common questions on children’s dental care.

When should I start bringing my child to the dentist?

The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests that children should be seen by a professional once they are 12 months old or within 6 months of their first eruption. As a parent, you can take this opportunity to learn how you can help maintain your child’s dental health and what steps you can take to improve cleaning habits at home.

How Can I Help My Child Avoid Cavities?

While brushing and flossing provide strong protection against cavities, sealants provide an extra layer of protection against bacteria. Children without these are 3 times more likely to form cavities, as sealants are proven to reduce the risk of decay by almost 80% in molars.

Are Young Children at Risk of Dental Decay?

While other teeth may be affected, tooth decay from bottles commonly occurs in the upper front teeth. Frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar can cause tooth decay. This can happen when the baby is put to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby.

Techniques To Use

  • 1. Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Ensure that your child does not swallow the toothpaste.
  • 2. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush the inside surface of each tooth first, where plaque may accumulate most. Use a gentle circular motion at the gumline.
  • 3. Clean the outer surfaces of each tooth. Angle the brush along the outer gumline. Use a gentle circular motion.
  • 4. Brush the chewing surface of each tooth. Gently brush back and forth.
  • 5. Use the tip of the brush to clean behind each front tooth, both top and bottom.