At we approach the end of 2013, and the holiday festivities are about to come to a close, many children got a temporary free pass when it came to holiday sweets, with the promise of getting back into healthy oral habits in the new year. As the start of 2014 rapidly approaches, it is an excellent time to evaluate your children’s oral health routine, diet and pediatric dental visit schedule.
Park View's Point of View
At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we promote oral health education throughout the year, including dietary advice. The goal at our practice is to always report cavity-free visits and educate our parents and young patients on the necessary steps needed to create a lifetime of healthy smiles. Throughout the year we offer articles on our blog on all aspects of your child’s oral health and provide valuable information on our website geared towards setting the foundation for that super star smile. The following checklist will reference and link you to highlights of the past year. It is a good place to start for your own family oral health checklist.
1. First Year Tooth Care
Taking care of your baby’s new teeth on a daily basis may seem like a chore, but it is a very important, necessary parental job. Taking on the role of the “Tooth Police” right from the start will pay off toward a future of cavity-free dental visits.
2. Caring for Baby Teeth—Early Brushing Techniques
Baby teeth, and how they are cared for, are the foundation for permanent adult teeth. When your child is about six years old, it is time to start teaching them to brush and care for their own teeth. Teaching basic oral hygiene techniques and habits begin in toddlerhood and is an important process that continues throughout the childhood years. We have put together a helpful step-by-step list that will guide you through this process and are happy to help you during our oral education sessions.
3. Children’s Flossing—A Must for Oral Care
Much has been written about the importance and teaching of brushing, however flossing is equally important. Flossing helps to remove food and plaque from in between the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. Experts concur that flossing is necessary once your child has two teeth that touch. This usually happens initially with the last two molars (around age 2- 2 1/2). This is the time to get in the habit of flossing every night at bedtime before brushing. We are happy to help guide you in flossing your young toddler’s teeth and making it a positive experience!
4. Visiting Your Pediatric Dentist Twice a Year
With the holiday vacation about to end, after school activities, sports and lessons are about to ramp up again. It is often hard to schedule those all-important dental visits even just once a year, let alone twice. Many parents often question the need for that second visit. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry not only recommends, but continually stresses the importance of visiting your dentist twice a year, as an essential factor in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. A new cavity can actually form within a six month time period. Like any other problem, the longer it goes unattended, the worse it can get. Coming in every six months is also a good checkpoint to monitor whether or not your child needs early orthodontic care. We have listed several other reasons for maintaining the twice a year pediatric dental schedule. Read more.
5. Additional Answers to Your Pediatric Oral Health Questions
Many of the parents that we see have several important questions throughout the year. From tooth accidents and toothaches to preventive techniques, like fluoride and sealants, we provide answers and advice. You may want to review and consider some of these points as you compile your oral health checklist for 2014. We have put these frequently asked questions in one place on our website for your convenience. Read more.
Here’s to Happy New Yew!