March 20, 2017
Is there anything as wonderful and heart warming as the smiles on your children’s faces? Well yes, actually—knowing that those smiles are as healthy as they are adorable can be very gratifying. Ace Dental is the children’s dentist in Taylor that can help you make sure your kids have strong teeth, healthy gums and a smile that is developing well. Read on to find out more about children’s dentistry as well as few tips for taking better care of those little smiles at home.
Come See Me When You’re Three!
Moms and dads often ask us how old children should be when they first come see the dentist. Children need to have regular dental checkups every six months at least by the time they are three years old. You’re welcome to bring your child sooner if you think he’s ready or if you have a concern about the development of his smile. And we highly recommend “happy visits” to familiarize toddlers with the office and the staff, so everything won’t be entirely new when they come for that first real appointment.
Brushing and Flossing at Home
Until your children are six or seven years old, you really are in charge of their oral hygiene. Up until that age, children just don’t have the patience or the manual dexterity to adequately clean their teeth and gums. Once they’re old enough, however, they can begin brushing and flossing their own teeth with your supervision.
Here are some tips you can use to help your children be better brushers.
- Place a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste on the brush.
- Always have your child choose a toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Teach your children to brush the inside surfaces of their teeth first where plaque is more likely to accumulate.
- When brushing the outer surfaces of teeth, show kids how to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle so they clean their teeth and gums, too.
- Brush back forth along the chewing surfaces of teeth.
- Don’t forget to “tickle” that little tongue with the toothbrush, too.
Last by not least, floss your children’s teeth at least once a day. Decay-causing plaque tends to buildup between teeth and flossing is a proven method of removing this sticky film.
Eat for Oral Health
Just like the rest of their growing bodies, kids’ teeth need the right nutrients to grow big and strong. Make sure that foods rich in calcium and phosphorus are part of their diets. Limit snacks, especially the sweet and starchy kind, because the sugars in these increase acids that can begin to erode enamel and lead to cavities.
Contact Our Office Today
If you have any questions about your children’s dental health, or if you need to schedule a checkup for your son or daughter, please call Ace Dental. We have convenient offices in Taylor, Belton and Killeen, TX.
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