Protect your Child's Smile
Protecting your Child’s Smile
Enjoying a lifetime of oral health starts early. Many of the dental hygiene habits as well as the condition of the smile patients have in their adult years are formed during childhood. As a result, protecting the health of your child’s smile is crucial to creating healthy habits and a lasting dentition in the future. At Farmington Dental Care, our goal is to help parents protect their child’s smile as it develops from baby teeth into an adult dentition. Here are some tips for keeping your child’s smile as healthy as possible during this transition.
During early childhood, the enamel of teeth is still hardening. As a result, milk teeth are more susceptible to decay and cavities than adult teeth. Given children’s propensity for sugary drinks and snacks as well as the fact that few master the important techniques for daily dental hygiene, children are at a higher risk of developing cavities, which can require root canal therapy if left untreated. To help lower this risk, we recommend having sealants placed on your child’s teeth. Similar to fillings, this resin based material sits on the crown of teeth, preventing bacteria and plaque from accumulating.
Effective at Home Hygiene
Between dental appointments, establishing an effective at-home oral hygiene routine is an important step towards keeping your child’s smile as healthy as possible. At Farmington Dental Care, we recommend that parents begin implementing a regular hygiene schedule as soon as possible. For babies and toddlers who haven’t developed teeth yet, parents can use a clean towel and warm water to gently clean the gums after meals. This prevents the accumulation of sugar on the gums, protecting gingival health and creating a healthy environment for baby teeth to emerge.
As your child gets older, you can begin using a soft bristled tooth brush to clean primary teeth and begin introducing kid-friendly flossers for intra-dental cleaning. Be sure to check with our Beaverton dentists to discuss adding fluoride toothpaste.
Nutrition plays a significant role in the development of children’s smiles. While healthy foods can help ensure the development of a healthy smile, too much sugar, juice, and other sweets can have an adverse effect on your child’s teeth. To help parents protect their child’s smile, our Beaverton dentists offer nutritional counseling whenever parents bring their children in for appointments.
Visit our Beaverton Dentists Today
Farmington Dental Care is committed to helping patients of all ages maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. Welcoming families throughout the greater Beaverton community, Drs. Lee and Kim offer a number of specialized dental treatments for young patients, including kid-friendly dental cleanings, sealants, fluoride rinses, and mouth guards. To learn more about our services, contact our team today.