It’s a bad feeling when you show up for a pediatric dental appointment and find out your child has several cavities or worse. You want to know that the oral hygiene that your child is developing is enough to keep their teeth in good condition. Although oral hygiene is extremely important, it is not the only part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. You also need to be aware of the foods and drinks that your child is eating and drinking. Too much sugar is bad even if you have a stellar kid that brushes and flosses really well. Sticky candy and acidic foods are also not a great option so knowing your child’s abilities when it comes to oral hygiene and what they should be doing is a great way to prevent some major dental work at a young age. A pediatric dentist is able to give specific advice for your child individually when you see us for an exam.
Smile Reef Explains What Oral Hygiene Your Child Should Have at Each Stage of Their Life
Do I Need to Clean My Baby’s Mouth?: Oral hygiene is not just teeth or it would be called tooth care! Oral hygiene includes the entire interior of your child’s mouth which includes teeth, gums and their tongue. Prior to your child’s teeth coming in you need to start caring for your child’s mouth. They are much too young to be given the reins on this issue so it is best left to mom and dad. The best thing you can do is to clean off their gums after they have been fed. It is best to remove the excess formula or food that they have eaten. A soft baby cloth is a great option with some water. It can become a very soothing moment for the child and they will start to get used to caring for their mouth.
Brushing Baby Teeth: When you have a child that is a few years old and has started to break though many teeth, your cloth cleaning is not going to work anymore. You will need to up your game on the oral care front. Teeth require cleaning by a toothbrush and some kind of toothpaste. You want to take good care of the child’s young teeth for two main reasons. One to prevent decay and two so that they are learn proper technique for brushing and flossing early. This is a great age to make brushing fun and a teaching moment. You will need to continue for a few years to brush the child’s teeth for them to ensure that each tooth is being treated as well as their gums. Give them some help with a follow up so that you are sure the teeth have been brushed and flossed thoroughly.
Oral Hygiene for Older Children: When a child hits about seven to nine years old they should be able to care for their teeth the majority of the time. They can use their own toothbrush and safely apply the toothpaste. They have had some supervision so let them go for it. It is always a great idea to have a follow up every few days to be sure that they are doing it thoroughly.
Pediatric Dental Exams & Treatments
Be sure you start seeing a pediatric dentist early. We can make sure any problems are caught right away and treated before they get too big. It is also a great way to start your child feeling comfortable at the dentist.
There are many ways that parents and dentists alike try to make brushing and flossing alluring to children. No matter what, sometimes kids’ teeth don’t get the attention they need to be strong and healthy. It is hard for children to understand why brushing and flossing their teeth regularly is so important. Smile Reef would like to talk about the benefits involved in getting dental sealants for your child’s teeth.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a plastic coating placed on the top of teeth to protect them and help keep them free from cavities. This is especially helpful for those back molars that have deep grooves and pits in them where your child’s toothbrush has a hard time reaching.
Do Dental Sealants Work?
There are times that it doesn’t matter how vigilant you are at brushing and flossing, your teeth are just more prone to cavities. Sometimes it is almost impossible to keep food and other harmful bacteria from building up in the small pits and fissures of your teeth. Studies have shown that right after you get a resin-based dental sealant, it can reduce the risk of cavities for that tooth by 80%. After about 4 years that number goes down to around 60%. It is very important that the teeth are brushed and flossed daily in order for the sealants to do their job though. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have to take proper care of your teeth. Sealants should never replace proper dental care.
When Should Your Child Get Their Teeth Sealed? When Adult Molars Come In? On Baby Teeth?
It is recommended that you seal your child’s teeth as soon as their adult molars have come in. Most dental insurances will cover it. When it comes to baby teeth, you should consider the child’s risk for cavities. Some people are just more prone to them. If you are having a hard time keeping your child’s teeth healthy, you might want to consider dental sealants on baby teeth.
How Long do Dental Sealants Last?
Dental sealants have been known to last for up to 10 years. This is the case only when they are taken care of. If your child brushes and flosses regularly and doesn’t eat too much hard or sticky candy, they will last much longer. It is important to have the sealants monitored by your dentist with normal visits to make sure the sealants are still intact and haven’t broken or cracked.
Is the Dental Sealant Procedure Invasive?
The procedure is very quick and painless. It doesn’t require any numbing to take place. The tooth will be cleaned and conditioned first, then the sealant will be applied to the tooth. It is cured with the use of a special light. The hardest part of the entire procedure is probably the fact that your child needs to stay still during it. As soon as the dental sealant is done and cured, your child can eat and drink as usual.
Dental Sealants & Expert Pediatric Dentistry & Care in Las Vegas Nevada
If your child is more prone to tooth decay, having dental sealants is a great way to help reduce cavities. Smile Reef offers dental sealants and a fun and friendly staff that will help your child feel comfortable while their teeth are getting sealed. Call us today for an appointment.