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Most people are aware of the importance of seeing their dentist. From treating decayed teeth to preventing gum disease, your dentist and the procedures they perform are crucial aspects of your oral health. What you may not be aware of, however, is that seeing the dentist regularly is equally as important for your child. Find out more about the benefits of pediatric dentistry, when your child should see their dentist, and more with Dr. Roy Delappe, Dr. James Jensen, and Dr. Sara Hakim at Kids Dental in Reno and Sparks, NV.
When should my child start seeing their dentist?
The American Dental Association suggests that children should see their dentist within six months of their first tooth erupting through the gums or by their first birthday. Pediatric dentists specialize in treating babies and children and most family dentists will see and treat infants. Everyone, regardless of age, should see their dentist at least two times a year for routine examinations and professional teeth cleanings.
These regular appointments should occur alongside a strong daily oral care routine consisting of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. Begin helping your child brush their teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts. Use a toothbrush specifically made for babies and a tiny amount of toothpaste - about as much as the size of a grain of rice. As the teeth grow closer together, begin teaching your child how to floss between each tooth.
What happens during a first dental appointment?
Though the first visit is more of an introduction than an examination, your child’s dentist will inspect their mouth, oral tissues, and teeth to ensure that their growth and development are on track. In addition to keeping your child’s health under wraps, regular dental appointments from a very young age work to quell dental anxiety and help children feel comfortable with their dentist and the procedures they undergo.
Pediatric Dentistry in Reno and Sparks, NV
For more information on a good oral health routine or pediatric dentistry appointments for your child, please contact Dr. Delappe, Dr. Jensen, and Dr. Hakim at Kids Dental with locations in Reno and Sparks, NV. Call (775) 825-5005 to schedule an appointment at the Reno office, and (775) 470-5070 to schedule an appointment at the Sparks office.
When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler.
“The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor TV. She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it. “She thought that was super fun, that she would turn the timer on and she would brush her teeth for that long,” Nancy said.
Ashby was also treated to a shopping trip for oral-hygiene supplies with Mom. “She got to go with me and choose the toothpaste that she wanted,” Nancy recalled. “They had some SpongeBob toothpaste that she really liked, so we made it into a fun activity.”
Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore. Equally important to making oral-hygiene instruction fun is that it start as early as possible. It’s best to begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they start to appear in infancy. Use a small, soft-bristled, child-sized brush or a clean, damp washcloth and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.
Once your child is old enough to hold the toothbrush and understand what the goal is, you can let him or her have a turn at brushing; but make sure you also take your turn, so that every tooth gets brushed — front, back and all chewing surfaces. After your child turns 3 and is capable of spitting out the toothpaste, you can increase the toothpaste amount to the size of a pea. Kids can usually take over the task of brushing by themselves around age 6, but may still need help with flossing.
Another great way to teach your children the best oral-hygiene practices is to model them yourself. If you brush and floss every day, and have regular cleanings and exams at the dental office, your child will come to understand what a normal, healthy and important routine this is. Ashby will certainly get this message from her mom.
“I’m very adamant about seeing the dentist regularly,” Nancy O’Dell said in her Dear Doctor interview. “I make sure that I go when I’m supposed to go.”
It’s no wonder that Nancy has such a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. And from the looks of things, her daughter is on track to have one, too. We would like to see every child get off to an equally good start!
If you have questions about your child’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”