Dental Tips Blog

Dec
28

Kids and Toothpaste: Choosing the Right Type

Turning down the oral care isle at the supermarket can make you feel overwhelmed. Unless you and your child have a favorite type of toothpaste, you may catch yourself choosing a different one every single time. However, selecting the right toothpaste should involve a little more thought than that – especially for your child.

Here’s what you should keep in mind:

Your Child’s Age

How old is your child? If he or she is still a toddler, they may not quite yet know how to rinse and spit after brushing their teeth. That could mean accidentally swallowing a little bit of toothpaste each time you help them brush their teeth. For this reason, you should stick with a “training” toothpaste that is free of ingredients that might cause an upset stomach.

Fluoride

Fluoridated toothpastes encourage healthy tooth enamel and help your child’s smile repel cavities. Unfortunately, not all toothpastes contain fluoride. After your child learns how to rinse efficiently, he or she should bridge to a fluoridated toothpaste to help reduce their risk of tooth decay. Only a small amount is needed, so don’t get too carried away! A pea-sized amount is adequate.

Special Formulas

If your child or teen has bridged over to using  “adult” toothpastes, be sure to read the label. Many brands of toothpaste now focus on whitening. In fact, it can be a bit difficult to find toothpaste that isn’t for whitening, even if it is formulated for sensitivity. The problem with whitening toothpaste is that it can make your child’s teeth very sensitive. Especially because children’s teeth have exceptionally large nerves. Be sure to read the label, first!

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Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Apr
7

Encouraging Oral Health in Your Child

Parents play an important role in developing the responsibility and independence of their children. When it comes to caring for their teeth, many parents aren’t sure about when to let their child take over brushing and flossing on their own. A good rule of thumb is to not fully stop helping your child brush or floss until they can at least tie their own shoes.

Part of the reason parents need to stay involved in their child’s oral health is because children to not have dexterity that is developed enough to accommodate thorough plaque removal. Brushing along the gumlines on both the cheek and tongue sides of the teeth is essential, as well as flossing up and down between every tooth, regardless of whether or not they are touching other teeth.

One easy step that can be taken is letting your child brush his or her teeth in the morning by themselves, and then the parent brushing the child’s teeth in the evening before bed. That way the parent can at least provide one thorough brushing session each day, and assess the levels of plaque or any gingivitis that may have developed due to their child not taking enough time when they brush in the mornings. As children get better with their brushing, parents can decrease the nights each week that they help their child, until the child is brushing on their own altogether.

Biannual check-ups with your child’s dentist will screen for decay, gum infections, and assess if some areas of the mouth need more help with brushing than others. Your dentist’s team will work one on one with your child to help them learn to care for their smile appropriately as they continue to grow.

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Nov
20

Transitioning from Baby to Adult Teeth

Children love to ask their parents when they will finally lose their very first tooth. Parents love to ask their children’s dentist when their child will finally be finished losing their baby teeth. Transitioning from baby to adult teeth can be a fluctuating, time-consuming process, especially for parents that are concerned about the appearance or presence of some of these teeth.

Most children begin to lose their first tooth around Kindergarten, but this can fluctuate. The first adult teeth to appear are typically the 6 year molars, which erupt just behind the back primary molars. While they are called 6-year molars, they can erupt between ages 5-7 and it still be completely normal. Some people find that boys are a little slower in tooth development in girls, but not always. As far as the front teeth are concerned, the lower front incisor teeth are usually the first ones to fall out and be replaced with an adult tooth.

The last teeth to fall out are the baby molars or canine teeth. The permanent premolars and cuspids begin to erupt anywhere between ages 10-12, but vary between children. In total, your child will lose 20 baby teeth and have 32 permanent teeth develop. The last set of teeth to develop is the 3rd set of molars (or wisdom teeth.) These usually erupt in late teen years all the way through a person’s 20s.

If the adult teeth seem slightly out of alignment, this may be completely normal, but it’s still important for your child to have their teeth checked by a dentist at least twice each year. This allows any tooth misalignment issues to be addressed as early as possible, preventing orthodontic complications later on.

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Nov
7

Oral Hygiene Starts Early

When should you start brushing and flossing you child’s teeth?

Even if your child doesn’t have teeth yet, start getting him accustomed to oral hygiene. Take a soft cloth and moisten with warm water. You can take the cloth and gently wipe your baby’s mouth. As your child’s teeth come in, start using a child’s toothbrush and brush twice a day. Use only water. It is not recommended to use fluoridated toothpaste. Check with your children’s dentist on his opinion on when to begin using toothpaste and what type.

As your child grows, have him watch you brush and floss your teeth. This will foster a desire to be like mommy or daddy. It is up to you to instill good oral hygiene habits. A child generally cannot brush and floss properly by themselves before age 6. They do not have the dexterity and hand control for proper brushing on their own. So, you will need to continue monitoring their brushing and flossing for a few more years.

When should you take your child to a dentist for the first time?

That depends. Usually parents will start taking their children to the dentist by age 2 or 3. If your child’s teeth started coming in at a very early age, schedule a first visit by age two. If something doesn’t look normal or your child is expressing pain, don’t hesitate to call your dentist.

First time dental appointments should be for the child to simply visit the dental office and become familiar with the surroundings.  The hygienist will make your child feel very welcome, talk to them and reassure them. There are a lot of sounds and smells in a dental office that can be very frightening to small children. If your child is very anxious about the visit, it is fine to try again at a later date, unless they are experiencing pain.

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Nov
6

Making Your Child’s First Dental Visit a Positive One

The first impression that someone gives you, or that you make of something, can last an entire lifetime. When it comes to the dentist, it’s important for your child to have a great first experience with their dental care. From selecting the best children’s dentist for your family, to saying or doing the right things, you can help make your child’s first trip one that will have them loving the dentist from here on out!

Bringing your child in for routine dental check-ups and cleanings will help create a comfortable, recurring theme when they go to see the dentist. Waiting to bring the child until they have a severe dental infection will only make them associate dental care with pain. It’s best to have preventive care visits twice each year and schedule treatment to be completed while it is still as small as possible.

Let the dentist do the talking! You may not know it, but even if you’re trying to encourage your child, you could be saying things that alarm them or interfere with the procedure. Using words like “hurt” or “shot”, even if you say “it’s not going to hurt” or “you’re not going to get a shot” can make your child thing about those things, so it’s best to just not even bring them up.

Instead, tell your child how great they’re doing. How well they’re sitting in the chair, how awesome of a job they’re doing by opening their mouth, and maybe even how you’re going to go out for an extra special treat as soon as you leave. Give them something to look forward to, and they’ll be asking to come back again and again!

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