view email as web page
Redmond Kids Dentistry October 2018 Newsletter
www.redmondkidsdentistry.com Forward to a Friend   Submit Question
   
Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.
connect with us on:     Forward to a Friend   Submit Question
When Should Dental Care Start?
Many new parents are unsure of how to care for their infant's teeth. The baby gets one or two teeth between 6 and 12 months, sometimes more, but that's all. Do you need to do anything as the parent to establish good oral habits during this phase, or can you leave them alone since the teeth are so little? The truth is, you need to care for your child's mouth even before that first tooth pops up.

How to Keep Your Infant's Mouth Clean and Healthy

When your baby only has gums, you should be taking a clean, wet washcloth and wiping around their gums at least once per day. The sooner this becomes normal to them, the easier it will be to get them used to visits to our office. Once they get their first tooth, you should be using a baby-safe toothbrush to get that tooth clean once or twice per day, depending on your child. The more they get used to this pattern, the more likely they are to continue taking care of their teeth during their toddler and elementary years, and beyond.

It may only take a minute or two per day, but those minutes add up to a healthier mouth for your child. Do not neglect your baby's oral health just because there are so few teeth or because your child only has baby teeth. The health of those teeth now directly impacts how healthy their adult teeth are when they come in.

A Child's Diet Can Prevent Cavities
A diet high in sugar, as we all know, causes cavities. But did you know that encouraging your child to consume certain types of food could help to prevent cavities? The most important foods for your child to eat are those that are high in fiber because of their saliva producing properties. The more saliva that a child produces, the higher the chances of bacteria being washed away. This can help to prevent cavities from occurring. Almost any type of fruit or vegetable will help the production of saliva, giving your child a large variety of delicious foods to choose from in order to keep the cavities at bay.

Is Your Child Old Enough to Visit the Dentist?
There have been extensive debates about how early your child should be seeing a dentist. Some people think that 3 years old is a good time while others vehemently disagree. The general rule of thumb is that between six months and one year is the ideal time to begin seeing a pediatric dentist. This way your child gets used to this being part of their healthcare routine.

Basically, once your child has at least 2-4 teeth between the top and bottom arches, you should be taking them to visit the dentist. Most of the early visits will consist of little more than looking at their teeth and maybe a cleaning, but this allows a dentist to take notes of how your child's teeth are developing, which they will be able to look back on during future cleanings and exams.

Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.



Redmond Kids Dentistry | www.redmondkidsdentistry.com | (425) 558-4562
16650 NE 79th Street, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052



 

 

 
Forward to a Friend
Submit Question
Unsubscribe from future emails
Add yourself to the email list
Update your information
   
   

 

 

Copyright © 2011-2018 Redmond Kids Dentistry and WEO MEDIA. All rights reserved.