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Archive for February, 2019

When Can My Child Start Using Regular Toothpaste & Does Children’s Toothpaste Work for Adults?

Smile Reef

When you bring a baby into the world there are so many different things to think about. What kind of diapers will you purchase? What type of car seat will you use? Will you nurse or bottle feed? What will you name your sweet baby? The questions can go on and on. One topic that we get lots of questions about here at Smile Reef is toothpaste.

Children’s VS Adult’s Toothpaste

Parents want to know what kind of toothpaste they should use for their child. Our parents want to know if they should use kids’ toothpaste or adult toothpaste for their children. Is there really a difference between the two? Yes there is indeed a difference between childrens’ toothpaste and adult toothpaste. The biggest difference is that kids’ toothpaste has the appropriate amount of fluoride for children. Fluoride is important for our teeth to stay healthy but if they are exposed to too much fluoride they may develop fluorosis. If your teeth have little white spots on them it is from fluorosis.

When to Start Brushing Baby Gums

One of the next questions that parents ask about brushing their children’s teeth is when they should start brushing their teeth. You should start cleaning their gums with a soft brushed toothbrush and water when they are young. You will not want to begin using toothpaste as soon as their adorable little teeth erupt from their gums. For kids 2 and under you will want to use a tiny smear of a low fluoride childrens’ toothpaste. Once they turn 2 you will want to increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea sized drop of toothpaste.

When Should a Child Brush Their Own Teeth?

As you begin teaching your children how to brush their own teeth you will want to help them every day. Young children have a hard time getting all of their properly brushed without your gentle reminder. Teaching them how to brush all of their teeth as well as all the sides of their teeth is an important job for parents to fulfill. You will also want to teach them how to properly spit the leftover toothpaste out in the sink instead of swallowing it. Studies have shown that children are not truly capable of brushing their teeth on their own until they are 8 to 9 years old.

When Can My Child Start Using Regular Toothpaste

When your child is about 6 years old you will want to talk to Dr. Jensen about moving them to adult toothpaste. Normally children at this age are ready for more fluoride in their toothpaste. At this time the added amount of fluoride in adult toothpaste will keep their teeth healthy and clean.

Does Children’s Toothpaste Work for Adults?

Sometimes we have adults that want to know if it is okay for them to use children’s toothpaste. The answer to this one is no. The amount of fluoride in children’s toothpaste is not sufficient for adults. If you prefer the flavors that are typically more common in children’s toothpaste you can actually find adult toothpaste with more flavor options if you do some research.

Pediatric Dental Care

The best thing that parents can do for their children’s dental hygiene is to brush their teeth regularly from a young age. You only get two sets of teeth (baby teeth and adult teeth) so you need to treat them well if you want them to last a lifetime. Brushing twice a day with the correct toothpaste and seeing your dentist twice a year will help your teeth stay healthy and strong. Smile Reef can handle all your pediatric care needs!

Is Your Child Losing Baby Teeth Late? Permanent Teeth Eruption Problems & Solutions

Smile Reef

Do you have a child that hasn’t lost any baby teeth yet? If so you may be wonder if you should be concerned. Most children will begin to lose their baby teeth around six years of age but can start as early as five and as late as seven. However, there are some complications that can occur in a child that loses their teeth late. Smile Reef would like to share some development issues with those who lose their teeth late, what signs to watch for, and why or when you should seek out professional help.

When Do Permanent Teeth Come In?

All parents should be concerned for their child’s oral health. Kids will begin to lose their baby teeth as early as five and as late as seven, which is normal and you needn’t be concerned. However, if by age eight and the child have never lost any baby teeth, there could be a problem. It is recommended if the child hasn’t lost any baby teeth by the age of seven, you begin seeking help from an orthodontist and begin monitoring your child’s oral development. By the age of eight most kids should have lost up to eight teeth: the front four on top and bottom. However, when the teeth or jaw bone isn’t developing correctly, it can cause delays. With proper development by ten years of age the rest of the baby teeth will begin to fall out, and by age 12, the second molars will start to come in. By sixteen the wisdom teeth are usually due to begin coming out which is why it is important to begin monitoring their development. Wisdom teeth are usually removed before the roots are fully developed.

Permanent Teeth Eruption Problems

When baby teeth fall out late it can be due to a number of problems. One is crowding. The permanent teeth need enough room to come down. Sometimes the permanent teeth can’t push out because of the overlaying baby teeth. Sometimes, rarely, the permanent teeth never develop at all and there aren’t any teeth to push the baby teeth out. In most cases it may only be one of the permanent teeth that never developed. Improper development of permanent teeth can block other teeth, preventing proper eruption of the other teeth which can cause delays.

Dental X Ray Procedure

Often to detect problems associated with delays when losing baby teeth, it requires x-rays to be taken. The x-rays can show if the teeth are dropping correctly or if there are problems with crowding, missing permanent teeth, or improper development such as crooked teeth. If your child is seven years of age and still hasn’t lost any baby teeth yet it is strongly recommended to begin monitoring your child’s teeth. Consider having your child’s oral development monitored by an orthodontist. There are a number of ways where teeth can be corrected during development to help ensure your child’s oral health. Improper development has many consequences such as problems chewing food, tooth pain, and too early tooth decay.

Pediatric Dentistry

If you have a child that hasn’t lost any baby teeth and they are between the ages of six and seven years of age, consider seeking professional help. Smile Reef can help monitor your child’s oral development and help provide your child with the care they need. Contact Smile Reef and make an appointment today.