Posts for tag: pediatric dentistry
If there's anything that makes Alfonso Ribeiro happier than his long-running gig as host of America's Funniest Home Videos, it's the time he gets to spend with his family: his wife Angela, their two young sons, and Alfonso's teenaged daughter. As the proud dad told Dear Doctor–Dentistry & Oral Health magazine, "The best part of being a father is the smiles and the warmth you get from your children."
Because Alfonso and Angela want to make sure those little smiles stay healthy, they are careful to keep on top of their kids' oral health at home—and with regular checkups at the dental office. If you, too, want to help your children get on the road to good oral health, here are five tips:
- Start off Right—Even before teeth emerge, gently wipe baby's gums with a clean, moist washcloth. When the first teeth appear, brush them with a tiny dab of fluoride on a soft-bristled toothbrush. Schedule an age-one dental visit for a complete evaluation, and to help your child get accustomed to the dental office.
- Teach Them Well—When they're first learning how to take care of their teeth, most kids need a lot of help. Be patient as you demonstrate the proper way to brush and floss…over and over again. When they're ready, let them try it themselves—but keep an eye on their progress, and offer help when it's needed.
- Watch What They Eat & Drink—Consuming foods high in sugar or starch may give kids momentary satisfaction…but these substances also feed the harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay. The same goes for sodas, juices and acidic drinks—the major sources of sugar in many children's diets. If you allow sugary snacks, limit them to around mealtimes—that gives the mouth a chance to recover its natural balance.
- Keep Up the Good Work—That means brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, every single day. If motivation is an issue, encourage your kids by letting them pick out a special brush, toothpaste or floss. You can also give stickers, or use a chart to show progress and provide a reward after a certain period of time. And don't forget to give them a good example to follow!
- Get Regular Dental Checkups—This applies to both kids and adults, but it's especially important during the years when they are rapidly growing! Timely treatment with sealants, topical fluoride applications or fillings can often help keep a small problem from turning into a major headache.
Bringing your kids to the dental office early—and regularly—is the best way to set them up for a lifetime of good checkups…even if they're a little nervous at first. Speaking of his youngest child, Alfonso Ribeiro said "I think the first time he was really frightened, but then the dentist made him feel better—and so since then, going back, it's actually a nice experience." Our goal is to provide this experience for every patient.
If you have questions about your child's dental hygiene routine, call the office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”
Cavities can happen even before a baby has his first piece of candy. This was the difficult lesson actor David Ramsey of the TV shows Arrow and Dexter learned when his son DJ’s teeth were first emerging.
“His first teeth came in weak,” Ramsey recalled in a recent interview. “They had brown spots on them and they were brittle.” Those brown spots, he said, quickly turned into cavities. How did this happen?
Ramsey said DJ’s dentist suspected it had to do with the child’s feedings — not what he was being fed but how. DJ was often nursed to sleep, “so there were pools of breast milk that he could go to sleep with in his mouth,” Ramsey explained.
While breastfeeding offers an infant many health benefits, problems can occur when the natural sugars in breast milk are left in contact with teeth for long periods. Sugar feeds decay-causing oral bacteria, and these bacteria in turn release tooth-eroding acids. The softer teeth of a young child are particularly vulnerable to these acids; the end result can be tooth decay.
This condition, technically known as “early child caries,” is referred to in laymen’s terms as “baby bottle tooth decay.” However, it can result from nighttime feedings by bottle or breast. The best way to prevent this problem is to avoid nursing babies to sleep at night once they reach the teething stage; a bottle-fed baby should not be allowed to fall asleep with anything but water in their bottle or “sippy cup.”
Here are some other basics of infant dental care that every parent should know:
- Wipe your baby’s newly emerging teeth with a clean, moist washcloth after feedings.
- Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice.
- Start regular dental checkups by the first birthday.
Fortunately, Ramsey reports that his son is doing very well after an extended period of professional dental treatments and parental vigilance.
“It took a number of months, but his teeth are much, much better,” he said. “Right now we’re still helping him and we’re still really on top of the teeth situation.”
If you would like more information on dental care for babies and toddlers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Age One Dental Visit” and “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”
As a parent you want your child to have the best possible start in life. One of the greatest gifts you can provide them is a positive experience in dental care—especially visiting the dentist.
Unfortunately, not all children are so lucky. Visiting the dentist for them is foreign and forbidding; it leaves such a negative impression they may avoid the dentist later in life even when faced with acute problems.
It doesn’t have to be like that. Here are 3 ways you can help your child have a great experience at the dentist.
Start dental visits early. The best time to begin dental visits is before your child’s first birthday as their teeth begin to erupt. Dental diseases like tooth decay can begin as early as two months so it’s vital to detect any problems as soon as possible. Establishing an early relationship with your child’s dentist benefits you too with helpful tips and advice from them on dental care at home. And, children visiting the dentist early are more likely to become accustomed to it as a routine part of life, and more likely to continue the habit on their own.
Find the right dentist. The right dental practice can make all the difference in the world for your child’s comfort level. Parents often choose a pediatric dentist who specializes not only in dental care for children and adolescents but in how to engage with them and put them at ease. The key, though, is to find a dentist and staff who work well with children and understand how to make them feel at home in their office.
Display a positive attitude. You’ve probably already noticed how your child picks up on your feelings in different situations—which often affect how they feel and act too. So be sure when you visit the dentist with them you have a positive, proactive attitude, ready to partner with their provider in treatment and prevention measures. And above all display a calm and relaxed manner: your child will be more apt to follow your cue and relax too.
If you would like more information on providing great dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”
Find out how often your child should visit the dentist and why these visits are important.
Once your little one is born you’ll have to start taking them to the pediatrician right away for a series of check-ups and immunizations to make sure they are healthy. Taking all the precautions necessary to keep your little one feeling their best is important. This same importance should also be placed on their dental care. Find out when your child should start visiting one of our Sudbury, MA, general dentists and why these visits should not be missed.
These visits, particularly the first one, are very important as it’s a great time to establish rapport between your little one and our Sudbury dentists. The sooner you get them comfortable coming into the office and getting dental care the better. Plus, this first visit allows us to check the health of their teeth and gums and to detect any issues or potential issues before they become full-blown problems. The CDC reports that there has been an increase in decay among young children; therefore, the sooner your child gets the proper dental care the better.
Plus, we can also provide parents with the information they need to know how to properly care for their teeth and gums at home. At-home care is very important and could be the difference between a healthy smile and an unhealthy one. We can show you everything from how much toothpaste to use on their teeth to how to properly brush and floss their teeth. We can also discuss what foods are safe for their oral health and which ones could put them at risk for decay.
Do you need to schedule your child's dental check-up in Sudbury, MA? Then turn to the experts at Sudbury Family Dental Care to get the proper dental care your little one needs for a healthy smile.
Here are some helpful tips for how to make sure that your child keeps their teeth and gums healthy.
It can sometimes feel like a real chore trying to get your kid to brush their teeth. We understand the frustrations of bedtime rituals, especially when your child would rather play video games or watch TV. Of course, our Sudbury, MA pediatric dentists offer up some useful advice for how to get your kids to practice good oral hygiene.
Show Them How to Do it
Kids often follow what their parents do, so one of the best ways to ensure that your child gives their smile the TLC it deserves is to show them how it’s done. Your little one should see that you brush your teeth every morning and every night before bedtime so that they get in the habit themselves. Make brushing and flossing a bonding activity and do it together!
Make it Fun
Brushing and flossing teeth doesn’t mean that it has to be a boring old chore. Any way to liven up the brushing experience is a great one, as long as it doesn’t detract from properly cleaning your smile. Find some fun tooth brushing songs on YouTube to play while brushing your teeth together or take the fun out into the living room to watch your child’s favorite show for a little bit while brushing. This will certainly make the 2-3 minutes fly by!
Choose the Right Tools for the Job
Toothbrushes have so many fun designs and characters on it that it’s impossible not to find one that your child will like. Have them choose a toothbrush that speaks to them, as this may increase their chances of brushing more regularly if they have fun tools to use. Also, talk to our Sudbury children’s dentist about whether an electric toothbrush might be a better option for your little one.
Opt for a water flosser rather than regular string floss, which may make it significantly easier to get in between teeth. Perhaps even put some entertaining items in the bathroom to make the whole experience a little more fun (such as a character-shaped faucet head).
Make Brushing Your Child’s Teeth Easier
Some kids are too young to brush their teeth properly but they don’t like the idea of having a parent do it, either. Before you panic, let your little one know that they will have to employ a trusty helper to brush their teeth. Find a stuffed animal or design a fun sock puppet together that you can place over your hand to help brush their teeth and make their oral care routine a little more fun.
Don’t forget the importance of coming in to our Sudbury, MA dental office every six months for cleanings. If it’s time to schedule your child’s next visit then call Sudbury Family Dental Care today.