Dental care is as important for children as it is adults. Many people make the mistake of believing that because primary teeth fall out and are replaced by adult teeth, that it is not necessary to take care of their teeth until the permanent ones come in. Sure, children can learn to brush their teeth, but parents may feel it is not a big deal if they go a night without brushing before bed or do not learn to floss until they are older. This could not be further from the truth. Here is what you need to know about Suwanee dental care for children.
Tooth Decay Can Happen with the First Tooth
Although most children do not have a full set of teeth until they are three years old, tooth decay can occur as early as when their first tooth erupts. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing with fluoride toothpaste as soon as you see your baby’s first tooth. Since a baby cannot spit out fluoride toothpaste, it is important to use only a very small amount — about the size of a grain of rice.
Some parents choose to use non-fluoride toothpaste until their child is old enough to rinse their mouth and spit the toothpaste into the sink. Although non-fluoride toothpaste does not protect against cavities in the same way as fluoride toothpaste does, it still offers good protection by removing plaque and bacteria from the mouth, which is the primary cause of cavities.
Flossing also becomes important once your child has two teeth that can touch. Regular floss works well, but some parents opt to use flossing tools made specifically for children.
Avoiding Food and Drinks That Cause Decay
When your baby is small, you can wipe their gums, tongue and new teeth with a washcloth after each feeding — formula or breast milk. Both substances have sugars that can cause tooth decay if left to sit in the mouth. When your child gets older, avoid sugary drinks like sodas and fruit juices, instead opting for water. Limit sugar intake and brush your child’s teeth or rinse their mouth after consuming a sugary food or beverage. Avoid sending a baby to bed with a bottle, even if it helps them sleep at night. This is one of the most common causes of early tooth decay in young children. If you must send baby to bed with a bottle, simply fill it with water.
When Your Child Needs Suwanee Dental Care
Parents in Suwanee may wonder when to start taking their child to the dentist. Some parents believe that they don’t need to go until they start getting adult teeth, but again, this is a myth. Your child can see the dentist as soon as that first tooth erupts and you start brushing, or anytime before their first birthday. A child should have an established record at an experienced dentist’s office no later than one year of age.
Book Your Child’s Dental Appointment Today
Whether you are booking your child’s first dental appointment or are moving from another dentist, Suwanee Center for Family Dentistry can provide your child with quality and comprehensive Suwanee dental care. Call today to book your appointment at (770) 224-0140 or contact us online.