Giving Children the Dental Care They Deserve
A child’s first tooth doesn’t erupt from the gum line until several months after birth, although the tooth itself begins developing while the child is still in the womb. Likewise, their adult teeth do not typically begin to erupt until approximately six years of age, sometimes sooner and sometimes later. Helping children take proper care of their primary teeth will better ensure that their permanent ones remain strong and healthy as they develop and grow.
At Nielsen Dental Studio, we see children as young as a year and a half. Besides treating their dental health, we can also help you teach them good hygiene habits that will last them a lifetime!
Tips for Teaching Children Good Dental Hygiene
The first step to good dental care for children is knowledge. What you teach your children about keeping their teeth clean and healthy can determine the tone of their dental health well into adulthood. Dr. Nielsen and his team will help you lead by example, ensuring you know the tenets of good hygiene so you can teach them to your children.
- Brushing and flossing: Boredom can make children lose interest in brushing and flossing fairly quickly. To make it more interesting, let them brush and floss with their favorite song playing, or make a game out of who can make their teeth the cleanest.
- Checkups and cleanings: Visiting the dentist’s office for the first time can be unnerving for a child. You can help them grow accustomed by bringing them with you to your checkup and cleaning appointments. The repetition will help them feel more comfortable in the new environment by the time they start attending their own checkup and cleaning appointments.
Dental Sealants, Fluoride, and More
Like adults, children may require dental treatment to restore or protect their dental health. For instance, if their teeth are crooked, then we can recommend corrective orthodontic treatment to straighten them and promote healthier growth and development. Also cavities, which are the most common chronic dental issue, can be more-effectively prevented among children with dental sealants and fluoride treatments.
Dental sealants are thin layers of acrylic that are applied over your children’s teeth to protect their chewing surfaces from food debris and plaque buildup, which can lead to cavities. The sealants are biocompatible and dissolve on their own, so there is no need to remove them.
For improved protection, Dr. Nielsen may also recommend fluoride treatments, which strengthen the protective enamel surrounding healthy teeth. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that bonds to and strengthens enamel against harmful, tooth decay-causing oral bacteria found in dental plaque.