We Welcome Children From 12 Months to 20 Years Old!
Your child’s dental care is very important to their development. We know visiting the dentist for the first time can be scary. Our goal is to develop a caring relationship with your child & to encourage proper oral hygiene that will last a lifetime.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends an oral health consultation as soon as your child’s first tooth comes in or by their first birthday at the latest. Most children have a full set of baby teeth by age 3 & as many as 1 in 4 children has a cavity by age 4.
At this first visit, we’ll check for tooth decay & other dental problems, but we’ll also demonstrate how to clean & care for your child’s teeth & how to deal with other oral issues, like teething & thumb sucking.
Call us today to set up your child’s first dental visit.
Caring for Your Child’s Teeth
Teaching your kids the right way to take care of their smile is very important. Our dentists would be glad to give both you & your child the oral hygiene education you need to keep smiles clean & cavity-free.
Begin daily brushing as soon as the child’s first tooth comes in. A pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used after the child is old enough to not swallow it. By age 4 or 5, children should be able to brush their own teeth twice a day with supervision. This supervision should continue until about age 7, in order to make sure they are doing a thorough job. However, each child’s progress will be different.
Proper brushing removes plaque from the inner, outer & chewing surfaces. When teaching children to brush, place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Start along the gum line with a soft bristle brush in a gentle circular motion. Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth—upper & lower. Repeat the same method on the inside surfaces & chewing surfaces of all the teeth. Finish by brushing the tongue to help freshen breath & remove bacteria.
Flossing removes plaque between the teeth, where a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing should begin when any two teeth touch. You may wish to floss the child’s teeth until he or she can do it alone. Use about 18 inches of floss, winding most of it around the middle fingers of both hands. Hold the floss lightly between the thumbs & forefingers. Use a gentle, back-&-forth motion to guide the floss between the teeth. Curve the floss into a C-shape & slide it into the space between the gum & tooth until you feel resistance. Gently scrape the floss against the side of the tooth. Repeat this procedure on each tooth. Don’t forget behind the four teeth in the back!
These oral hygiene tips are important, especially for your kids. By educating them at a younger age, they’ll have the correct knowledge to provide them with a lifetime of excellent dental health! Call Kidz Connextion for your appointment & consultation today!
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a safe & effective way for your child to remain calm during his or her dental treatment. He or she will feel completely relaxed & at peace while our dentists perform the important dental care that every child needs.