Just like what you want to watch on television is eat for dinner is (probably) different from what your child would choose, your dental care needs are not the same, either. Your little one is busy losing primary teeth and gaining new ones, and during this time, they are also probably at a higher risk of developing cavities than you are. That means a children’s dentist must be prepared with special defenses. Keep reading to find out more about how our team helps your little one’s smile stay clean and healthy through childhood!
Your Child’s Smile Timeline
Some kids race through the big milestones while others are more what you’d call late-bloomers -- but in general, most smiles follow this basic timeline.
- The first teeth begin to appear around age 6 to 9 months.
- All primary teeth have usually appeared by age 3.
- The baby teeth are lost in the order they appeared beginning around age 6 or 7.
- By age 14, most children have all of their permanent teeth.
Tooth loss and growth usually happens on its own without the need for professional intervention. However, bringing your child into the office for routine dental care throughout childhood will help to ensure that, if a little help is needed along the way, we can provide it right in time.
Children Rely on Prevention
Just like brushing and flossing are crucial for your own smile, so, too do your little one’s teeth and gums require excellent oral hygiene. In fact, prevention may be even more important for growing smiles -- kids are at a higher risk of developing cavities between ages 6 and 14, while the permanent teeth are forming and the dental enamel is still hardening. During this period, additional preventive services like dental sealants and fluoride treatments provide significant help keeping your little one’s smile healthy.
- Dental sealants: These are thin coverings that are painted directly onto the surface of your child’s molars and premolars. They shield the tooth enamel from food particles and bacteria that may become lodged in the irregular surface of these teeth and accelerate the rate of decay.
- Fluoride treatments are applied topically to the teeth. Fluoride remineralizes tooth enamel to help it defend itself against sugars and acids that cause cavities.
Both treatments can be completed within minutes at the end of a checkup and cleaning, and they provide significant protection for your little one’s smile!
Oral Hygiene At Home
In addition to bringing your little one in for routine dental care at Creative Smiles, make sure you are encouraging proper oral hygiene habits at home, too. Little ones should brush their teeth for two minutes, at least twice a day and floss as soon as two teeth are touching. Try to help them eat a balanced, nutritious, low-sugar diet to protect their oral and overall health.
With proper oral hygiene and a visit to your child’s dentist every six months, you can feel confident knowing you are doing your part to put your little one on the path to a healthy, long-lasting smile!
Schedule an Appointment Today
The team at Creative Smiles provides high quality dental care for the whole family -- including children. To learn more about their services or to schedule an appointment for your little one, you are invited to contact us today!