Should I use toothpaste with my child?
The ADA recommends using fluoridated toothpaste once you start using a toothbrush. Use a smear of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age. For youngsters 2-5 years old, dispense a pea-size amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child's tooth brushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively on their own. Make sure they spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.
When should I schedule my child's first dental appointment?
The experts all recommend that your child's first dental visit should take place around 12 months of age or shortly after the eruption of the first baby tooth. This proactive approach will help us identify potential problems early and introduce your baby to all the sights, sounds, and sensations. Don't wait until your child has a toothache or a dental emergency. This could result in your child developing a fear of the dentist, which is sometimes very hard to overcome — and we wouldn't want that to happen.
Your child's teeth begin forming before your child is even born. Baby teeth, just like permanent teeth, need to be kept clean and healthy or they can decay. We take extra care and have the knowledge on treating our young patients. We recommend a child's first visit to a dentist when they are 12 months. At this age, the dentist will check for problems and will guide parents on best practices for helping the child maintain good oral health. Children should visit the dentist every six months, just like adults, to ensure no cavities are forming.
By age six, your child's molars and other permanent teeth are starting to come in. Just as their bodies are changing physically as they reach the pre-teen and teenage years, so are their oral health needs. As your child grows, our dentist will be there to advise whether a referral to an orthodontist is needed and what you and your child can do to ensure that your child's permanent teeth will form a beautiful and healthy smile that can last a lifetime.
At Clements Dental, you can enjoy comprehensive care for your whole family. Our dentists focus on preventive care, early detection of cavities and other concerns, diagnosis, and treatment. Whether your child needs a check-up, a cavity filled, or emergency treatment for a chipped or broken tooth, we're ready to help. The child's parent or legal guardian must give his or her consent before any dental care is provided for a child under 18 years of age.
What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?
It is important to develop the habit early on of removing plaque bacteria that can lead to decay, starting at birth. For newborns, clean your baby's gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing at least once a day (at bedtime) with a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants; twice a day is even better, especially as more teeth come in and the child's diet becomes more varied.
Conveniently located in Shelbyville, TN, our dental office is always at the forefront of dental methods and technology to help create beautiful and long lasting, natural smiles. We're committed to providing affordable and quality dental care to our patients while maintaining a friendly and relaxed environment.
Dr. Tara Clements and Dr. Wilson Massey are your Shelbyville, TN dentists that provide crowns, teeth cleaning, tooth extractions, teeth whitening, root canal therapy, dental implant restorations, pediatric dentistry, and so much more. We are happy to file most all dental insurances as a service to our patients.
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