What every Parent Should Know About Children's
Don't scare them, or allow other family members to
scare them about going to the dentist. Scary stories and parent's anxiety
over dental visits will create an unhealthy fear of the dentist, which is
one of the primary reasons people avoid dental care. Even if your children
are not already afraid your anxiety will leave them asking, "I'm not scared
of the dentist, should I be?"
Be careful how often they eat sweets. We know what causes tooth decay. It's
not some hopeless situation in which you have inherited "bad teeth." However,
children often "inherit" bad habits from their parents. Bacterial plaque on
your teeth eats the suger we eat and produce acid as a waste product. This
acid is what softens hard tooth structure until it caves in or cavitates.
Children should never go to sleep with anything other than water in their
bottle. Maintain baby (primary) teeth whenever possible. You may wonder, "If
they are baby teeth and they are going to lose them anyway, why worry about
them? This line of thinking is not in your child's best interest. Primary
teeth serve multiple functions. One important function is to hold space for
permanent teeth to erupt into. Early tooth loss can result in dental crowding
and the subsequent need for orthodontic correction. There are also social
implications to having decayed and missing teeth due to there affect on appearance
Brush your child's teeth until age nine. Most children will, at best, brush
only the front four teeth. Let them brush first, then finish for them making
sure to brush all surfaces of all teeth. If using fluoride toothpaste make
sure they spit.
Store fluoride toothpaste out of children's reach. Small doses of fluoride,
as in drinking water, are very effective at reducing the frequency of tooth
decay. Large doses, on the other hand are toxic.
Bring them into the dentist sooner than later. Around two years old is a great
time for the first trip to the dentist, but earlier is fine. At this time
our primary goal is educating the parents. This early exposure to the sights
and sounds of the dental office will help them accept future dental care with
significantly less anxiety.
This is, by no means, an all-inclusive list. If you have any questions don;t
hesitate to give us a call at Davis Family Dentistry.