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Your child's dental health is just as important as any other aspect of their physical development. That's why we recommend beginning regular dental visits around their first birthday.
Besides getting them used to and comfortable with visiting the dentist, there are other solid reasons for starting this habit by age one. Here are 4 benefits for regular early childhood dental visits.
Disease prevention. Children's teeth are just as susceptible to tooth decay as adults. Even primary (baby) teeth need protection so they can fulfill their role as guides for incoming permanent teeth. Besides monitoring and treatment for decay, we can also perform measures to protect teeth (especially in children at high risk) through topical fluoride applications or sealants.
Bite development. We can get early clues that a child's teeth are not erupting properly and are on the way to developing a poor bite (malocclusion). If so, we can initiate measures to lessen the impact of a developing malocclusion, like installing spacers to help guide an erupting permanent tooth. Early intervention can lessen the extent and cost of later orthodontic treatment.
Accident prevention. Disease isn't the only danger your child's teeth and mouth face. Even young toddlers can suffer mouth injuries falling onto furniture while playing or learning to walk. And the risk doesn't diminish as they get older, especially if they're active in sports. We can advise you on accident prevention tips and help fashion a custom mouth guard for that budding athlete in your family.
Caregiver assistance. The most important aspect of children's dental care is what happens every day at home. We can serve as your dental “coaches” to help you get on the right track with daily brushing and flossing, as well as give you helpful tips on good dietary habits that promote nutrition and deter dental disease. We'll also help you work through other childhood issues like teething, thumb sucking or teeth grinding.
Think of us as your partners when it comes to your child's dental care. We'll do our part, and help you do your part too.
A baby comes with many new responsibilities. With diaper changes and doctor’s appointments on your mind, you may not realize the importance of your child’s dental care. However, dental care is crucial even before your child has any teeth at all. Learn more about at-home children’s dental care and when your child should start visiting the dentist with help from Dr. M. S. Warshanna at Angel Dental Care in Catonsville, MD.
When should my child start visiting the dentist?
The general rule of thumb for the time frame of a child’s first dental visit is within the first six months of the eruption of the first tooth or around the time they turn one. This is important since cavities and decay can form on baby teeth and permanent teeth alike. If a child has a painful tooth, it can affect eating and nutrition. Additionally, primary teeth play an important role in guiding the growing permanent teeth. Aside from keeping the teeth healthy and clean, regular dental visits from an early age help a child become comfortable with visiting the dentist and allows dentists to ensure that the child is hitting their dental growth and development milestones on time.
What can I do to keep my child’s teeth healthy?
A child’s dental visits also provide information for the parent. Keeping your child’s teeth healthy begins at home. Additionally, good oral care habits begin early, and instilling them in your child at an early age makes for a good oral care routine to keep their teeth healthy as they grow into teenagers and adults.
Need more information on children’s dental visits in Catonsville?
For more information on children’s dental appointments or at-home dental care, please contact Dr. Warshanna at Angel Dental Care in Catonsville, MD. Call (410) 747-0077 to schedule your child’s dental appointment today!
The arrival of your child’s first set of teeth is a natural and expected process. But that doesn’t mean this period of development, commonly known as teething, is an easy time: your baby will endure a fair amount of discomfort, and you, perhaps, a bit of anxiety.
Knowing the facts about teething can help you reduce your child’s discomfort — as well as your own concern — to a minimum. Here are a few things you need to know.
Teething duration varies from child to child. Most children’s teeth begin to erupt (appear in the mouth) between six and nine months of age — however, some children may begin at three months and some as late as a year. The full eruption sequence is usually complete by age 3.
Symptoms and their intensity may also vary. As teeth gradually break through the gum line, your baby will exhibit some or all normal teething symptoms like gum swelling, drooling and chin rash (from increased saliva flow), biting or gnawing, ear rubbing, or irritability. You may also notice behavior changes like decreased appetite or disrupted sleep. These symptoms may be a minimal bother during some teething episodes, while at other times the pain and discomfort may seem intense. Symptoms tend to increase about four days before a tooth emerges through the gums and about three days afterward.
Diarrhea, rashes or fever aren’t normal. These symptoms indicate some other sickness or condition, which can easily be masked during a teething episode. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms you should call us for an exam to rule out a more serious issue.
Keep things cool to reduce discomfort. There are a few things you can do to reduce your child’s discomfort during a teething episode. Let your child chew on chilled (but not frozen) soft items like teething rings, wet washcloths or pacifiers to reduce swelling and pain. Gum massage with your clean finger may help counteract the pressure from the erupting tooth. And, if your doctor advises it, pain relievers in the proper dosage may also help alleviate discomfort. On the other hand, don’t use rubbing alcohol to soothe painful gums, or products with the numbing agent Benzocaine in children younger than two unless advised by a healthcare professional.
If you would like more information on dealing with teething issues, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teething Troubles.”
If you think cavities are an inevitable part of childhood, think again; tooth decay, which is actually an infectious disease caused by bacteria, is completely preventable. This is a good thing, because tooth decay can be painful and interfere with a child's ability to eat, speak, and focus in school. Parents have a big role to play in helping their children's teeth stay healthy. Here are some things you can do:
Establish an oral hygiene routine. Good oral hygiene practices should start as soon as the first tooth appears. An infant's teeth should be wiped with a clean, damp washcloth each day. Starting at age 2, a brushing routine should be established using a soft-bristled, child-sized brush and just a smear of fluoride toothpaste. Children need help brushing until around age 6, when they have the dexterity to take over the job themselves — and learn to floss.
Limit sugary drinks and snacks. Sugar is the favorite food of decay-causing oral bacteria. In the process of breaking down that sugar, the bacteria produce tooth-eroding acid. Too much exposure to this acid will leave a small hole, or cavity, in the tooth and create an entry point for the bacteria to reach deeper inside the tooth. Beverages that are sugary AND acidic, such as sodas and sports drinks, are particularly harmful.
Make sure your child sees the dentist regularly. Routine exams and cleanings are a must for good oral health. Even if your child is doing a good job maintaining an oral hygiene routine, there are places where bacterial plaque can build up beyond the reach of a toothbrush and floss. These areas require professional attention. We can also give your child an in-office fluoride treatment to strengthen enamel and reverse very early decay. In some cases, we will recommend dental sealants to smooth out the little grooves in a child's back teeth. This is a quick and easy in-office procedure that will keep out food debris and bacteria for years. And, of course, we can monitor your child's dental development.
If you have any questions about tooth decay or the development of your child's teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”
Caring for Your Child’s Oral Health
As a parent, of course the oral health of your young one is a major concern in addition to his general health. Learn more about dental care for children from Dr. M. S. Warshanna, DMD of Angel Dental Care, which is a pediatric dentistry Catonsville residents know and love. Dr. Warshanna wants parents to know how to care for your child's teeth so that she will reap the benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime.
The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry
Like pediatric medicine, pediatric dentistry is concerned with the general health and wellness of your child. It specifically deals with maintaining and treating the oral health of young people from the time they’re infants to their teen years. Many people, namely young people, don’t understand how poor oral health can affect them in other ways. For instance, gum disease has been found to be related to other ailments in the body, like heart disease complications.
Oral Health Concerns for Kids
Kids have a number of specific concerns when it comes to their teeth. Two of the most common issues Dr. Warshanna sees at his Catonsville pediatric dentistry are cavities and tooth infections. Children are notorious for their love of candy and sweets that eat away at the enamel of their teeth over time. Younger children sometimes develop issues with deformed teeth due to sucking their thumb. There's also juvenile periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease that occurs in children. Though relatively rare, it is a condition that can lead to a number of problems for a child if it's left untreated.
Angel Dental Care - Just for Kids
Teach your child from a young age the importance of good oral care. There are three main things to remember:
- Brushing twice per day (at least two minutes each time)
- Flossing before bed (and after meals whenever possible)
- Regular visits to the dentist (at least twice per year)
Your “little angel” deserves the best when it comes to children’s dentist. Contact the Catonsville pediatric dentistry of Dr. M. S. Warshanna at http://www.angeldentalcare.com to schedule an appointment online.