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Your Child’s First Pediatric Dental Clinic Oral Health Care Visit & How to Prevent Tooth Decay & Dental Caries

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You can get a head start on your child’s oral health by making an appointment with your Smile Reef pediatric dental professional as soon as their first tooth emerges which in most cases is before their first birthday. At Smile Reef we believe that one of the most important aspects of patient care is making sure that your child has a great association and experience with our dental practice and staff. Our goal is to ensure that your child will be in the best hands possible to develop a smile that he or she will be proud of.

What Age Should You Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Appointment?

Once your child’s first tooth appears, contact the expert pediatric dentists at Smile Reef to schedule your child’s first dental appointment. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that the first dental visit takes place within six months after the first tooth appears and no later than the child’s first birthday unless advised by your dental professional. Many parents make the mistake of thinking that they need to wait until their child starts school. Begin getting your child comfortable with healthy oral habits as early as possible to help prevent future dental complications. Your first Smile Reef pediatric dental appointment is not just for our dental experts to check your child’s mouth for development and growth, it’s also about making sure that your child is comfortable and at ease.

Tips from the Professional Pediatric Dentists at Smile Reef in Las Vegas, NV:

• Make your first appointment in the morning when your child will be the most rested and cooperative.
• Keep a positive attitude by talking about and emphasizing the positives, remember children can read your emotions so if you are nervous, they will be as well.
• Never use a dental visit to threaten your child.
• Never bribe your child with treats
• Talk to your child about visiting their Smile Reef pediatric dentist, even if they don’t understand, they will be reassured by the sound of your voice.

What to Expect During Your Child’s First Pediatric Dental Appointment?

Your Smile Reef dentist will:
• Inspect your child’s month for oral injuries, cavities and other dental issues
• Look for signs of developing tooth decay.
• Clean your child’s teeth and provide you with tips for daily care
• Discuss teething, finger or thumb sucking or pacifier use/habits
• Discuss any treatment plans, treatment needed and schedule your child’s next check-up

Preventing Tooth Decay & Dental Caries

Pacifiers: Infants and young children often suck on their thumbs, fingers or pacifiers. Pacifiers that are dipped in sugar, honey, or sweetened drinks can all lead to early tooth decay. Tooth decay can also be caused when the mother places the infant’s pacifier in her mouth to clean it and unwittingly passes bacteria from her mouth to her infant’s.
Fluoride: Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in water sources such as rivers and oceans. Fluoride is often added to community water, and can also be found in toothpaste and mouth wash. Infants and toddlers who do not receive fluoride may be at an increased risk for tooth decay. Fluoride makes the tooth enamel more resistant to decay and also helps to repair enamel that has been weakened. Bottled water does not typically contain fluoride. The experts at Smile Reef recommend contacting your local or state health department to find out if your community water supply contains fluoride. Your Smile Reef pediatric professional will discuss the needs of fluoride with you and may also recommend a fluoride supplement.

Pediatric Dental Care in Las Vegas, Nevada

For more information regarding the dental health of your infant or toddler, contact the experienced pediatric dental professionals at Smile Reef today.

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How to Take Care of Your Child’s Gums & New Teeth; Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay & Dental Caries

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One of the most important things you can do for the health and well being of your child is to teach them good dental hygiene practices. Providing your child with excellent dental care can help protect their teeth for many years. Your baby has 20 primary teeth that are encased in his or her jaw at birth. These baby teeth typically begin to emerge from the gums at around six months of age. Your baby’s teeth keep space in the jaw for the adult teeth to develop and emerge.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Did you know that your child’s baby teeth are at risk for decay almost as soon as they break through the gums? Tooth decay in infants is often known as baby bottle tooth decay. It normally occurs in the upper front teeth, but can affect other teeth as well. Surprisingly, some infants and toddlers may experience decay that is so severe that the teeth need to be removed by your dental professional.

Dental Caries AKA Tooth Decay Prevention

The great news is that tooth decay can be prevented. The knowledgeable dentists and dental professionals at Smile Reef are often asked this question by parents and caregivers: “What is the best way to care for my child’s new teeth?” The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends taking your child to the dentist within six months of the first tooth appearing, but no later than his or her first birthday.

Smile Reef offer some tips you can begin at home to ensure your child is receiving the best possible start to a life of healthy dental habits!

• You can start cleaning your baby’s mouth even before the teeth emerge. In fact you can begin a few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist pad or washcloth. As soon as your baby’s teeth begin to appear, it is possible for decay to occur. As a general rule, your baby’s four front teeth will push through the gums at approximately six months of age; however it is not uncommon for a baby to reach 12 to 14 months of age before the first four teeth emerge.
• For children aged three years or younger, begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they erupt through the gums, using toothpaste that contains fluoride in an amount that is about the size of a grain of rice. The experts at Smile Reef recommend brushing twice per day, morning and night unless we advise you of a specific plan for your child.
• For children that are aged between three to six years of age, use a pea sized amount of a fluoride based toothpaste and brush teeth twice per day morning and night as directed by your Smile Reef professional. Always supervise your child’s brushing and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste.
• Generally speaking, you should brush your child’s teeth twice daily until you are comfortable that your child can brush his or her teeth on their own. Teach your child to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste that contains fluoride. As soon as your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin to floss the teeth on a daily basis.

Pediatric Dental Care Helping to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay & Cavities in Baby Teeth in Las Vegas NV

For more information about caring for your infant or toddlers new teeth, contact the experts at Smile Reef today and set up a dental exam to begin the process of teaching your child healthy dental habits. A customized Smile Reef brushing and flossing regime will last a lifetime and ensure your child has a beautiful glowing smile he or she can be proud of!

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