COEUR D’ALENE CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY

The first baby teeth to appear in your child’s mouth are the two bottom front teeth, which you’ll probably see around 6-8 months of age. Next will be the four upper front teeth, with the remainder appearing (usually in pairs) over time until your child is around 2 1/2 years of age. By this stage, your child should have all 20 teeth. The baby teeth are essential for chewing, biting and speech, as well as holding space for the permanent teeth to come through. If you live in Coeur d’Alene and have kids at this stage, they need a qualified children’s dentist to help them.

Around 5 or 6 years of age, their permanent teeth will begin to break through, with some replacing their baby teeth. All children are different so their teeth may appear later or earlier than outlined here.

TAKING YOUR CHILD TO THE DENTIST FOR THEIR FIRST VISIT

Just after your child turns three is the best time for their first dental visit. This is normally just a short check-up visit and will involve minimal treatment. It’s an opportunity for your child to build a relationship of trust with their dentist and check that their teeth are looking healthy.

During this visit, your dentist will check your child’s teeth and gums and may clean them or apply topical fluoride to help protect their teeth against decay. They may also take some X-rays to check the progress of your child’s permanent teeth as they develop beneath the gums and look for any decay. They may also evaluate any adverse habits such as thumb sucking and check to see if you need fluoride.

But most importantly, they’ll chat with you and your child about cleaning and caring for their teeth so they stay healthy for the long-term future and suggest a schedule for regular kids dental visits with Coeur d’Alene Family Dentistry.

Around 5 or 6 years of age, their permanent teeth will begin to break through, with some replacing their baby teeth. All children are different so their teeth may appear later or earlier than outlined here.

TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT THEIR FIRST DENTIST VISIT

Some children may be apprehensive about going to the dentist for the first time and we suggest you prepare them in the same way you would before their first haircut. You may like to read them books about going to the dentist or explain what the dentist will do during the first visit, as well as chat about your positive experiences at the dentist.

WHAT ABOUT PREVENTATIVE CARE?

Times have changed and tooth decay no longer affects children as it once did. We use the latest technology in sealants (plastics that are bonded to the chewing surfaces) to help protect their teeth, establishing a foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.

When it comes to cavities, your Coeur d’Alene dentist will chat with you about the importance of diet and regular brushing as preventative measures. Avoiding a diet that’s high in sugary foods will help to prevent cavities.

It’s also important to be aware that the longer it takes for your child to chew their foods, the longer that residue will stay on their teeth and potentially create cavities. An acidic reaction takes place inside your mouth every time you eat as bacteria digests the sugars in the food. During this time (around 20 minutes), the acidic environment can destroy the structure of your teeth and lead to cavities.

The consistency of a person’s saliva can also make a difference, with thinner saliva breaking up and washing away food more readily. A diet high in carbohydrates and sugars can lead to thicker saliva, which can result in higher levels of the acid-producing bacteria that causes cavities.

To help prevent cavities in your child’s teeth, try to limit the frequency of meals and choose nutritious snacks. Avoid eating too many sticky foods and encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing as part of their every day dental hygiene routine.

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