We all know that lots of lifelong habits begin at a young age. Oral health is no different. If your child learns the value of healthy teeth and gums early on, those benefits will follow him or her well into adulthood. Our team at National Dental Douglaston is committed to providing even the youngest patients with tools for success that will keep them smiling for years to come.
Your Child’s First Dental Examination
Are you curious to know the appropriate age for your child’s first dental visit? The recommendation set forth by the American Dental Association states that children should be seen by the time they are one year old, or at least around the time their first tooth comes in. Introducing your child to the dentist early can help him or her view oral health in a positive light. It will also allow your doctor to examine the existing teeth for decay or other problems, as well as evaluate the health of the gums and soft tissues. We will then determine how often your child should attend appointments in order to keep his or her smile healthy. In most cases, six-month visits are appropriate.
Cleanings and Fluoride
Just like adults, kids need their teeth cleaned, too. During the appointment, our hygienist will gently remove plaque deposits, food particles, and debris from the surfaces of the teeth. In addition, we may also recommend topical fluoride treatments, which strengthen the enamel – the outermost layer of a tooth. Routine fluoride treatments can make the teeth less vulnerable to cavities.
Sometimes it is necessary to see the teeth roots or the bone the surrounds them. In order to do this, x-rays must be taken. At National Dental Douglaston, patient safety is our top concern. Therefore, we will never recommend x-rays unless they are absolutely necessary. Additionally, our x-ray system is completely digital. As a result, it emits far less radiation compared to conventional radiographic methods.
Fostering Healthy Habits
Our team combines education, fun, and a relaxing environment to help kids learn the basics of oral health. In addition to teaching children how cavities form, we can also help design personalized at-home regimens that will keep them excited about brushing and flossing.
We understand that, as parents, it can be challenging to keep your child interesting in hygiene habits. Therefore, we can offer a few tips and tricks that have proven to be helpful:
- Allow your child to choose his or her own soft toothbrush: This can help them become excited about brushing. Just make sure the bristles are soft and that the head of the toothbrush is small enough for their mouth.
Tips for brushing
- Design a reward system: Use a sticker chart or something similar to encourage positive habits.
- Brush with your child: When your child sees that oral hygiene is important to you, they can become excited about it too!
- Read books about oral health: Most local libraries have a wide selection of children’s books about dentistry. From visiting the dentist’s office to fighting cavities, your child is sure to find something fun and informational.
- Sing songs while you brush: In addition to being fun, it can also help your child know if he or she has brushed long enough. For example, choose a song that takes two minutes to sing; that’s how long it should take to brush thoroughly.
Learn More about Pediatric Dentistry
Find out more about the children’s dental services we provide at National Dental Douglaston. Contact us online or give us a call at (718) 407-0574.