Your child’s first visit to our Colorado Springs kid’s dentist practice should be pleasant and helpful. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel.
Children are not born being afraid of the dentist, but they often fear the unknown. Our office makes a practice of using pleasing, simple words when you come to our office for your child’s first dental visit. We want you to feel at home from the moment your family arrives at our office.
The first tooth Your child’s first tooth starts coming in between 6-12 months and the remainder of their 20 primary or “baby” teeth typically arrive by age 3. During this teething time, gums may feel tender and painful, causing your child to feel irritable. To help ease this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also want to make use of a teething ring.
Your child’s primary teeth are shed at different times throughout childhood, and their permanent teeth begin arriving at age 6 and continue until age 21. Adults have 32 permanent teeth including wisdom teeth. Most adults have their 4 wisdom teeth removed.
Adopting a Healthy Oral Hygiene Practice
As new teeth erupt, examine them every few weeks for lines and discoloration caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can assault a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes their teeth after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing three or four times a day for maximum oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime. Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. Here is a nice video on how to brush your kid’s teeth.
When a baby’s tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste. We recommend reviewing proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques with your child.
Brushing: Step 1
Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gum.
Brushing: Step 2
Brush gently in a circular motion.
Brushing: Step 3
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
Brushing: Step 4
Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.
Flossing: Step 1
Wind approximately 18 inches of floss around your fingers. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and as the floss is used, the other finger takes it up.
Flossing: Step 2
Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.
Flossing: Step 3
Holding the floss tightly gently saw the floss between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.
Flossing: Step 4
Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.
If you notice signs of decay, contact your dentist immediately.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is totally preventable. Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid which can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason, many children tend to be negligent in their oral hygiene habits. Another problem is that they tend to love sugary candy and drinks. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away. A low-sugar diet also helps keep tooth decay away. Your child should visit the dentist every 6 months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. At their check up we recommend fluoride treatments along with cleanings to keep teeth their healthiest. We also recommended dental sealants because they seal the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be looked at during your regular checkups.