Dental care is a lifetime project. Once your child’s detention begins to erupt, it is important to begin home care and regularly scheduled visits at our office.
Here are a few of the home care steps we advise all parents to use to optimize their children’s dental health:
For new baby teeth, use a soft cloth or gauze after meals to gently remove debris and plaque. When brushing baby teeth, use a small drop of non-fluoridated toothpaste on a soft small brush.
As your child grows and can handle the toothbrush themselves, let them participate in the process with your supervision and back-up. Most children cannot adequately brush themselves until they are nine or ten. It is a good rule of thumb to replace toothbrushes every two to three months and always after a cold or the flu.
Bring your child in for their first dental appointment with us by the age of one to establish a long-term dental hygiene and professional dental examination routine.
When you come in, we will examine, clean and apply fluoride to your child’s teeth appropriate to their age and dental needs. We will also make sure your child is getting the proper amount of fluoride from water sources to help teeth develop strong enamel.
Sealants are protective resins applied to permanent molars to help reduce the risk of dental decay. We recommend this procedure for all patients and will discuss it with you at your visit.
Parents also commonly ask, “What is the right age for my child to begin orthodontics?” Generally, we begin screening children between six and seven years of age to assess eruption patterns and spacing.
Orthodontics for children and adults.
We recommend an orthodontic screening for children by 6 or 7 year of age. It is important to make an early assessment of how your child’s teeth are erupting as well as the size and alignment of the growing jawbones.
Current practices are to help children “grow into” their smiles with proper expansion and alignment of growing bones in addition to traditional bands, brackets and wires to straighten teeth. It is also important to check their tonsils and tongue position to assure that proper space is available for speech development and airway space.
Each case is different, and depending upon the degree of correction necessary, we use either neuromuscular or traditional orthodontics to correct identified malocclusions.
Similarly for adults, each case is different. While many adults can benefit from Invisalign or necessitate neuromuscular orthodontic correction; for others, traditional orthodontics is one way we can help you achieve a better smile. Smile movements and short treatment times are easily addressed with traditional orthodontics.
We will carefully examine each patient and use all of our diagnostic tools and experience to determine which orthodontic solution will be custom tailored to your needs.