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The Top 10 Tips To Maintain Kids’ Dental Health

Did you know that babies are born with all their adult teeth already? You just can’t see them because they are hidden in the gums. It is important to start good oral care even before the first tooth comes in. Remember: from healthy gums come healthy teeth. Here are the top 10 tips to maintain kids’ dental health:The Top 10 Tips To Maintain Kids Dental Health

10 Tips To Maintain Kids’ Dental Health

In pediatric dental care, prevention is a priority. This means establishing good dental habits as early as possible. Building the right habits will prevent dental costs and problems in the future. Self-care is one of the most important habits a parent can teach to their children.

1. Start early. From brushing your child’s teeth to taking him to visit a dentist, care should be done as soon as his first tooth erupts. You can even begin to care for his gums before a tooth comes out by gently wiping it with a damp washcloth after feeding especially with solids. Habits form during infancy. Once your baby gets used to the routine of cleaning their teeth at certain times during the day, it will not be as hard to inculcate the good habit of brushing one’s teeth as they get older. Teeth also need care as it takes years before permanent or adult teeth come out. Dental caries and tooth decay are problems that are very preventable during your child’s early years.

2. Teach self-care. Include your child. The goal is to help our children maintain good oral hygiene by themselves once they grow up and become independent. From teaching them how to brush their teeth properly and encouraging them to do it consistently, you are not only teaching them independence but also self-confidence that they can accomplish such tasks.

3. What he eats is a huge factor. Did you know that aside from good oral hygiene, nutrition plays a big factor in maintaining good teeth? There are people who are consistent with regular brushing and flossing but still get more cavities than most people. Diet plays a big role in influencing caries and teeth strength. Eating a balanced diet will help your child’s teeth to develop properly becoming strong. Limit the sugars that they eat but be realistic that it maybe impossible to avoid sugars totally. If your child does snack on a sugary treat make sure they brush and rinse after finishing.

4. Be conscious of what he drinks. Juices, soda and sports drinks contain a lot of sugars that can lead to an acidic mouth conducive to tooth decay. If your child is still drinking formula, don’t let him sleep with a bottle in his mouth. This is different from breastfeeding. It’s not a good habit to let children enjoy colored drinks anyway. Water is best!

5. Be aware of certain medications. Medicines prescribed for children, in order to be more appealing, have a lot of sugar in their ingredients. This allows them to have better taste to make it easier to drink. Be conscious about this and let them rinse with water following medicine intake. Another tip is for children with asthma. Asthma inhalers will develop bacteria over time and need to be cleaned daily. These inhalers will also dry out your child’s mouth that can lead to tooth decay as well. Our saliva is our natural defense against tooth decay.

6. Beware of teeth grinding. Teeth grinding is common for children until the age of seven. If it persists, consult with your kid dentist for bite guards.

7. Stop using a pacifier by age of 2. Pacifiers are very dangerous to your child’s teeth as they get older. Continuing pacifier use past age 2 could lead to malocclusions (crooked teeth with an open bite).

8. Childproof your home and protect teeth against active contact sports. Research has shown that children under age 7 sustain over half of the dental injuries to their primary (baby) teeth playing in close proximity to home furniture. Always wear a mouth guard when playing active sports. A custom-made mouth guard offers better tooth protection than a shop-bought one.

9. Establish a good relationship with your dentist. Most children fear going to the dentist. There are ways to reduce your children’s fear but the best thing to do is make sure you bring them consistently and as early as possible so it would seems like a normal thing to do for them. A pediatric dentist not only ensures that your child’s teeth are taken care of, he also has ways to distract your child while he performs treatments and to make it a positive dental experience for them.

10. Choose a dentist that has experience with children. Dr. Ted Reese is an Indianapolis dentist who does pediatric cleanings (kids get a toy and a special bag with their own toothbrush and toothpaste) to prevent cavities, frenectomies for children with tongue or lip ties, and traditional or ceramic braces for teens and pre-teens. He practices minimally-invasive dentistry to make it as pain-free as possible (there are also various sedation modalities that can be used) for your child.

We Value Preventive Dental Care

At Indianapolis Dentistry we care so much about preventative care that we have shaped our 5-year warranty program around keeping regular cleaning appointments. As long as you continue to keep your oral hygiene visits every 6-months you can be eligible for free replacement or repair of Dr. Reese’s dental work within the previous 5-years. And if you’ve already had dental treatment, existing patients can be grandfathered into this program.

Again, our number one goal is to provide you with gentle, quality dental care. Please feel free to call us today at 317-882-0228 to make an appointment in Indianapolis!

Indianapolis Kid's Dentist

Dental care should start as early as possible. To be able to have the best teeth one’s dental experience should start when one is young. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child should see a pediatric dentist once his first tooth appears. Ideally, a pediatric dentist should have seen a child no later than his first birthday. Indianapolis Kids Dentist

Dr. Reese and his staff is so nice! My son is not afraid to go to the dentist anymore. On his second appointment he didn't want me in the room with him. My son is only 7 years old. If you want a dentist that will accept children, then I highly recommend that you book your next dental appointment with Dr. Reese today. You don't want to pass a wonderful, inviting experience up." -Nicholas B., Indianapolis

What is a kid's dentist?

Kid's dentists are also known as pediatric dentists. They take care of the oral health of children – from infancy through their teenage years. They have the necessary experience to care of a child’s developing teeth and gums in various childhood stages. Ideally, we are talking about children from infancy up to twelve years of age.

How does a kid's dentist differ from a family dentist?

Pediatric dentists are similar to pediatricians in the medical world – they specialize in children’s dental care. A pediatric dentist has two to three years of specialty training after dental school.

A pediatric dentist specializes in the early growth and the prevention of disease in the teeth and gums.  For instance, a child's mouth is smaller than that of an adult. They grow baby teeth (primary or milk teeth) that will soon be replaced by bigger permanent ones. A pediatric dentist's trained eye can see if there is enough room for those big teeth to come in and recommend steps if your child's jaws will need some extra help for the teeth to be properly spaced. This alone can help you save money on getting braces when they reach their teens.

What types of treatments do kids' dentists provide?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a kid’s dentist provide comprehensive oral health care, some of which are listed below:

  • Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for caries in mother and child
  • Preventive dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations
  • Habit counseling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking)
  • Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics)
  • Repair of tooth cavities or defects
  • Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder
  • Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers, short frenulae, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease
  • Care for dental injuries (for example, fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth)

The Importance of Dental Care in Children

Not only do pediatric dentists help prevent tooth decay they also help keep your children’s teeth in good condition until they lose them for permanent teeth. Baby teeth play a vital role in your child's overall development, helping children chew their food properly, have good speech and ensuring teeth are spaced properly so that the permanent teeth come in straight.

Education is also one of the primary objectives of a pediatric dentist. He teaches you and your children how to maintain good dental hygiene and oral care. As much as we encourage our children to practice good dental habits like daily teeth brushing and flossing, hearing the same information from their own dentist is usually more effective.

Finding a Kid's Dentist

A pediatric dentist not only ensures that your child's teeth are taken care of, he also has ways to distract your child while he performs treatments and to make it a positive dental experience for them. In this way, your child is less likely to be afraid of going to the dentist! His office and exam room is kid friendly with videos to watch, toys to distract, and kid-oriented staff.

About Indianapolis Dentistry

Dr. Ted Reese is an Indianapolis dentist who does pediatric cleanings (kids get a toy and a special bag with their own toothbrush and toothpaste) to prevent cavities, frenectomies for children with tongue or lip ties, and traditional or ceramic braces for teens and pre-teens. He practices minimally-invasive dentistry to make it as pain-free as possible (there are also various sedation modalities that can be used) for your child. And as your child is getting ready to become an adult, Dr. Reese can also help with wisdom teeth removal. You can schedule an appointment by calling 317-882-0228.