Family & Kids Dentistry
If you are looking for a Family Dentist in Beaverton, we’re right up your street!
Our practice offers quality dental care for all the family and we help many parents to understand how to look after their child’s teeth and encourage good dental care at home.
Many parents have a tough time judging how much dental care their kids need. They know they want to prevent cavities, but they don’t always know the best way to do so.
When Should Dental Care Start?
Proper dental care begins even before a baby’s first tooth appears. Remember that just because you can’t see the teeth doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Teeth actually begin to form in the second trimester of pregnancy. At birth your baby has 20 primary teeth, some of which are fully developed in the jaw.
Running a damp washcloth over your baby’s gums following feedings can prevent buildup of damaging bacteria. Once your child has a few teeth showing, you can brush them with a soft child’s toothbrush or rub them with gauze at the end of the day.
Even babies can have problems with dental decay when parents do not practice good feeding habits. Putting a baby to sleep with a bottle in his or her mouth may be convenient in the short term — but it can harm the baby’s teeth. When the sugars from juice or milk remain on a baby’s teeth for hours, they may eat away at the enamel, creating a condition known as bottle mouth. Pocked, pitted, or discolored front teeth are signs of bottle mouth. Severe cases result in cavities and the need to pull all the front teeth until the permanent ones grow in.
Parents and childcare providers should help young kids set specific times for drinking each day because sucking on a bottle throughout the day can be equally damaging to young teeth.
Tips for Moms & Dads
• Your child should begin regular dentist visits by age one.
• Set a good example. If your child sees you brushing and flossing regularly, he/she is more likely to understand that those things are expected exercises that everyone does. Also, when your child sees that you go to the dentist every six months, they’ll understand that’s what they need to do too.
• Try to limit the amount of soda pop you allow your children to drink, as the acids and sugars in all soda pops eat away at the enamel on our teeth.
• Don’t threat your child with a horrible consequential dentist visit because they are not flossing or brushing. This can create a fear of the dentist from the start, which is not what you, nor us, want. We want your child to feel at ease when they come in for their checkups.
• Be sure to use positive words when you describe the dentist visit to your child so that they go into the appointment with a good attitude, and therefore have a better experience.