Meeting Your Child's Dental Needs
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Importance of Primary (baby) Teeth
Primary, or "baby," teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. Although primary teeth eventually get replaced some of the back primary molars are not lost until around 12 years old.
How to keep your child's teeth healthy
Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child's teeth. A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems.
These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.
When brushing their teeth, use a soft-bristled toothbrush will a small head, at least twice a day. Fluoridated toothpaste should be introduced when a child is 2-3 years of age. Prior to that, parents should clean the child's teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. When toothpaste is used after age 2-3, parents should supervise brushing and make sure the child uses no more than a pea-sized amount on the brush. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.
Children's teeth cleanings, x-rays, and check-up every 6 months helps us keep the child's teeth healthy and allows the dentist to catch any problems early. Treating a cavity when it is small is much easier for the patient when it is small, rather than when it gets large. After the child's first molars come in, around 6-7 years old, it frequently recommended that sealants be placed on the chewing surfaces of the molars. Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles, sugar, and plaque that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. Since our office staff works as a team, the application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect these permanent molars for their childhood and teenage years.
On some occasions, Dr. Yap may need to refer your child to a pediatric dental office if the needed treatment or behavior management is beyond the capabilities of our office.
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