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At Pinebrook Dentistry, we want you to be fully informed about your dental conditions and treatment options before you make important decisions about your dental health. Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions about dental treatment. We encourage your questions, and we are here are to answer them for you. Please feel free to contact our friendly office if you have any further questions.
Caring for your child’s teeth doesn’t have to be complicated. Remembering that children’s teeth are important for their overall health will motivate you to develop good habits for them until they can take care of their own teeth.
Children’s teeth are more susceptible to dental decay because enamel, the hard outer layer that protects teeth from decay, is much thinner on baby teeth than adult teeth. Once formed, tooth decay can grow quickly on baby teeth so it is critical to prevent tooth decay from forming in the first place.
Here is how to care for your child’s teeth:
Brush twice daily, preferably soon after a meal and especially before going to bed. Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for children over the age of 2.
Use soft-bristled toothbrush. Show your child how to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle towards the gum and gently brush on all surfaces of teeth.
Floss between teeth that are close together before going to bed.
Eat a balanced diet and limit the number of exposures to carbohydrate-containing foods such as crackers, bread, soda, juice, candy and milk. For example, one cup of milk consumed with lunch counts as one exposure. However, one cup of milk in a sippy cup consumed over one afternoon counts as multiple exposures.
Ask your dentist about dental sealants applied to chewing surfaces of molars to protect them from decay.
Have your child visit the dentist by age one and have them receive regular cleanings and exams to check for early signs of dental decay.
The best way to motivate your child to develop good oral hygiene habits is to show them how you brush and floss your own teeth. Be available to assist them until they can effectively brush on their own around the age of 8.
Your baby’s dental visit should begin by the age of one and continue regularly, just as you take your baby to a pediatrician at regular intervals for well visits. Although every child develops at their own pace, there are some developmental milestones that should be noted in your child’s oral health. Dr. Kim will take the time to explain how to care for your child’s dental needs at each milestone of their oral development.
Your Child's First Visit
We understand that a child’s first visit to the dentist can be intimidating. Our friendly staff and our gentle approach will make you and your child feel at home when you visit us. During your child’s the first visit, Dr. Kim will get to know you and your child, answer any questions, and perform a quick exam to ensure that your child is developing normally. We believe that creating a safe and fun environment for your child the first time is the key to pleasant visits in the future.
Schedule Your Child's Dental Check Up in South Riding, VA
When children learn at a young age how to properly take care of their teeth, the chance of needing dental treatment drastically decreases. At Pinebrook Dentistry, our hope is that all of our young patients maintain great oral health throughout their development and develop a positive attitude towards dentistry. Please call our office to schedule a visit with us to find a new dental home for your child.