What every Parent Should Know About Children's Teeth

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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 and speech.

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.
All Procedure Description Can Be Found At The Ohio Dental Association