Dental Trauma: “Sometimes a kiss is not enough”
Approximately 30% of children have experienced dental injuries at some point in their childhood. The peak period for trauma to the primary teeth is between 18 and 40 months of age. Toddlers are increasingly mobile and curious but they are often quite uncoordinated. Injuries to primary teeth usually result from falls and collisions as the […]
But Aren’t They Just Baby Teeth?
The truth is they are baby teeth, but they are not “Just” baby teeth (or practice teeth as I have also heard them called). It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities can and do frequently lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Dental caries is the single […]
When do I schedule the first Dental visit?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your child should visit the dentist and establish a Dental Home by his/her 1st birthday, which is roughly six months after the first tooth erupts. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive if you convey a positive attitude. Your child should […]
So, when is the best time to begin brushing?
It is never too early to start caring for your child’s teeth. Oral hygiene should start at birth. I recommend wiping the gums after every feeding with a washcloth or cotton gauze. Simply wrap the washcloth or gauze around your index finger and wipe off the gums. Consistency is the key by using the same […]
Brushing and Flossing
As your child gets older, it is still important to supervise their daily dental routine. Children can start to “brush” their own teeth as soon as they can hold a toothbrush. Parental supervision is needed until they are seven or eight, when most children have the muscle strength and coordination to do a thorough job […]