Child’s Dental Health Depends on Good Relationship With Your Dentist
If you’re a parent, you want your children to be healthy. That includes their dental health. At All Smiles our dentists want to help you! While your child’s dental health is always a concern of ours, that’s especially true this month. February is designated as Children’s Dental Health Month.
If you’d like to make an appointment for your child or you have any questions about your child’s dental health, just give us a call at 903-625-9297.
In the meantime, check out our dentists’ advice on bringing young children to the dentist and preventive dental care you may want to consider to keep their smiles healthy.
Make Your Child’s Early Dental Visits Pleasant Ones
While any dental visit helps us ensure your child’s teeth are healthy, perhaps none are as important as your child’s first few appointments. They can affect what your child thinks about dental visits as they get older. If your child has a positive association with the dentist they likely won’t avoid routine dental care as they get older. Conversely, bad experiences can foster anxiety that can last for years.
For our youngest patients we suggest:
- Schedule the visit at a time when your child will be well rested and in a good mood.
- Leave siblings at home, if possible, so neither you nor your child get distracted.
- Bring along a spouse, grandparent, or friend to help you so you can focus more fully on speaking with our dentists.
- Use our new patient forms so you can take care of paperwork before your appointment.
- Feed your young child before your appointment, and please don’t give snacks in the waiting room. Food residue can make it tough to examine your child’s teeth.
As your child gets older, you can continue to encourage a good relationship with the dentist by reading books that present dentists in a positive way and letting them pick out their own toothbrushes and toothpaste. You can also schedule another activity your child likes, such as visiting Grandma or playing in the park, before or after your appointment.
4 Tips for Keeping Your Kid’s Teeth Healthy
Some of the most important things you can do for your child’s dental health are:
- Bring them every six months for a dental exam and professional dental cleaning. We’ll remove plaque from their teeth that they’ve missed when brushing at home. We’ll also check on the development of their teeth, to ensure they are coming in properly.
- Make sure they brush and floss every day. Ideally they’ll brush twice a day, for two minutes each time. To help them, download a two-minute song or two they like and play music for them when they brush.
- Limit sugary snacks. Avoid sugary foods as much as possible. When you can, make them part of a larger meal. If they want candy, choose chocolate over sticky or hard candies. Because chocolate melts away quickly and is easy to remove from teeth, it does less dental damage.
- Choose drinks other than soda. Because it contains lots of sugar and acids that eat away at tooth enamel, soda is especially damaging to your child’s smile. While water is the best choice for your child’s smile, almost any beverage is better than soda.
Consider Preventive Care for Your Child’s Dental Health
Our dentists may suggest treatments with fluoride and/or dental sealants to help protect your child’s teeth from cavities. Both are painless and only take a few minutes. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and can also help replace enamel that has been eroded by acids (like the ones in soda). Sealants are very thin layers of clear plastic that we bond to teeth, especially in hard-to-clean areas like the back of your mouth. They keep bacteria out of the grooves and depressions on the chewing surface of teeth.
To book your child’s next appointment or if you have questions about your child’s dental health, call All Smiles in Jacksonville, TX today at 903-625-9297.