Tooth Booth Pediatric Dentistry, as well as The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), The American Dental Association (ADA), and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends establishing a “Dental Home” for your children by the age of one.
Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive the appropriate preventive and routine oral health care they require. As a result, this allows your children to develop good dental habits throughout the course of their lives. It is recommended that your child see a dentist by the age of one or when the first tooth appears.The first dental visit, like any doctor’s visit, may be a frightening event for your child. However, the first visit usually includes a comprehensive exam, where Dr. Lam will thoroughly evaluate your child’s teeth. If your child permits, he will then proceed with a cleaning and possibly x-rays. At that point in time, the doctor will be happy to address any questions or concerns that you or your child may have. He will also discuss diet, fluoride, finger and pacifier practices, as well as tooth eruption if applicable. At Tooth Booth Pediatric Dentistry, we encourage questions because education is the best way for your child to learn the importance of oral hygiene.
During the first six months, you should clean your baby’s mouth with a soft, lint-free cloth or gauze after each meal and before bed each night. As the first tooth erupts and the other teeth follow, it is important that you introduce your child to the concept of brushing. This familiarizes them with the basics of oral hygiene and as a result, builds a solid foundation for the development of good dental habits.
As your child grows from an infant to a toddler and later to an adolescent, it is important to brush and floss at least twice a day. It is best to use a soft bristled toothbrush and change toothbrushes every three months. Most toothbrush packaging will tell you the strength of the bristles and some toothbrushes come with color changing bristles to let you know when it’s time to change. Make choosing a toothbrush fun for your children. If you encourage your children to pick out their toothbrush, they may be more likely to brush because it is something they chose.
Flossing is a lot more difficult than brushing, but is just as necessary. It is usually difficult for everyone at first but becomes easier each time you floss. The floss will remove any buildup in between teeth that is usually missed by the toothbrush. It doesn’t matter whether you brush first or floss first as long as you do both.
Brushing and flossing prevent the collection of plaque, which is a clear film of bacteria that adheres to teeth. Brushing and flossing helps remove the buildup on tooth surfaces (front and back) and in between teeth. The accumulation of plaque causes gingivitis, which is gum disease that causes inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis can cause mouth soreness or tenderness, making it very difficult to eat. The Tooth Booth Pediatric Dentistry team encourages questions from parents and our young patients. We make every effort to teach children the proper way to brush using various teaching techniques, including educational models of teeth as well as stuffed animals with brushable teeth. We strive to make each visit to our office as pleasant and as fun as possible