Dental health is a lifelong journey. From the time your child’s first tooth comes in, proper dental care is necessary to keep the teeth healthy. Dentistry for children is one of the most important dental fields as preventive care can eliminate the need for other types of dental services in the future. Here’s what you can do to start your child on the road to dental health.
Routine Dental Cleanings
It is essential for children to see the dentist every 6 months for preventive care. Preventive care includes cleanings, oral examinations, X-Rays, and sometimes fluoride treatments. Children should start seeing the dentist as early as 6 months of age or after the first tooth erupts.
Primary teeth, more commonly known as baby teeth, are just as important as permanent teeth as they play an important part in helping the permanent teeth come in properly. Taking proper care of baby teeth from an early age sets the foundation for healthy permanent teeth, and visiting a pediatric dentist is a crucial part of that early dental care.
Teach Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Learning how to brush and floss properly is an important part of a child’s dental health journey. When they learn good oral hygiene habits from a young age, those habits have a better chance of lasting for their lifetime. Teach your child to:
- – Brush twice a day.
- – Floss once a day.
- – Brush properly so that no critical spots are missed. Sing a song or use a timer to make sure they brush long enough.
- – Floss properly so in order to prevent decay between the teeth.
- – Eat healthy foods like crunchy vegetables, fruits and dairy foods like cheese and milk.
- – Take breaks between eating and drinking to give your mouth time to recover and make protective enzymes.
- – Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and prevent dry mouth.
- – Avoid sugary drinks like soft drinks and sports drinks and limit juice.
The Link Between Oral Health and General Health
Starting your child on the right path to dental health also has long term benefits for their overall health. Oral health is linked to overall general health, meaning that maintaining healthy teeth can help to prevent other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
The plaque found on teeth is surprisingly similar to the plaque that builds up in the arteries and causes heart disease. Poor oral health appears to have a direct correlation to poor cardiovascular health.
Oral health is also tied to diabetes, as the condition of your teeth can be an indicator that the disease is present. Certain symptoms and aspects of diabetes can lead to an increased risk in oral health problems.
Some studies have shown that there is a link between oral health and some types of cancer. The cause is not yet determined and the research is still new, but the connection is too strong to ignore.
The earlier a child begins receiving dental care, the greater the benefit for their overall health.
Give Your Child a Healthy Start with Savannah Dental Solutions
Looking for a pediatric dentist in Savannah, GA? Savannah Dental Solutions offers comprehensive dentistry for children and adults. The whole family can visit one dental office for their care, making it more convenient to make dental care a priority.
Call (912) 354-1366 today or contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to being an important part of your child’s lifelong dental health.
Many parents don’t think too much about their children’s baby teeth, since they will fall out anyway. Yet good childhood dental habits can set the stage for a lifetime of oral hygiene. In addition, it is important to keep the baby teeth healthy until they are ready to fall out. Around 60 to 90 percent of children develop cavities in their baby teeth, and untreated dental disease can cause lifelong problems with the bite, the permanent teeth, and the gums. Here’s how to start your kids on the road to dental health.
Model Appropriate Behavior
Your kids are constantly watching you, so renew your commitment to your own dental health. Drink lots of water, minimize sweets, brush and floss regularly, and see the dentist at least twice per year. If your kids see these habits as just part of life, they are more likely to adopt them.
Normalize Brushing and Flossing
Start wiping your new baby’s gums with a clean, damp cloth or sterile piece of gauze within the first few days of life. As soon as the first tooth comes in, start brushing it gently with a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and a tiny smear of toothpaste. Once two teeth touch, start flossing between them. Your child should never remember a time when oral hygiene wasn’t a daily occurrence.
Visit the Doctor
Babies need a dental checkup once per year starting around their first birthday. Most pediatricians handle the first and second year appointments. These are great opportunities to learn about brushing an active baby or toddler’s teeth, managing teething issues, and any other concerns that might arise.
It’s fine to give small children milk or fruit juice, but keep an eye on how much they drink. Get your baby used to drinking plain water at naptime and bedtime, and he or she will be less likely to balk when you fill the sippy cup with it later on. As your child switches to solid foods, make sure the majority of snacks are healthier options such as cheese or fruit. When you do provide a sugary drink or snack, brush the child’s teeth right away if you can, or rinse the mouth completely with plain water.
See the Dentist
By around age three, most kids can brush their own teeth with a bit of help. This is a good time for a first dentist visit. The goal is to let the child get used to the office and the basic procedures in a low-stress way. Depending on your child’s personality, it might just be a quick chance to meet everyone, or the child might get his or her first exam and cleaning.
After the first visit, feel free to bring your child along on your own appointments to build comfort and familiarity. We will also start scheduling regular appointments for your child. As your kids grow up, we will by their side to ensure that their dental health is as good as it can be. From cavities to knocked out teeth, we are here for emergencies as well.
Married dentists Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome you to Savannah Dental Solutions. From caring children’s dentistry to high-tech cosmetic procedures and even full-mouth reconstruction, we blend the latest technology with traditional customer-oriented values. To start your journey to better oral health, call us today at (912) 354-1366.
Are we the only dentist in Savannah, GA recommending you brush your tongue? Probably not. However, we’ll go ahead and give you the steps again because there are many advantages to brushing your tongue.
1. Helps reduce and prevent bad breath.
2. Chases away bacteria that can cause tooth decay
The right way? Always brush your tongue from back to front. You can even put some toothpaste or mouthwash on your toothbrush. This recommendation is good for proper adult dentistry and children’s dentistry care. We want to give you simple tips and techniques to keep your smile bright and your breath fresh.
The tip of your tongue is usually self cleaning due to all the movement and friction with swallowing and speaking. This portion of the tongue also comes in contact with the hard palate or roof of your mouth. This friction creates a cleaning action that keeps away build up of bacteria and debris.
The back of the tongue only touches the soft palate and the contact if fairly gentle. There’s not enough friction to keep the bacteria away and build up occurs. This build up of bacteria can cause bad breath and tooth decay.
How can you tell if you have bacteria build up? Stick out your tongue. Do you see a white or brownish film or coating on the back? It usually forms a triangular shape. You’ll need to start as far back as you can. Watch out for your gag reflex… Don’t choke. If you make it a practice to brush or scrape your tongue once a day, the gag reflex will diminish.
Don’t brush or scrape too hard and rinse your mouth when you are done. If you are going to use mouthwash on your brush, look for ones that contain antibacterials chlorine dioxide or cetylpyridinium chloride.
Have fun getting fresher breath!
We are committed to Children’s Dentistry and educating families about how to keep teeth healthy.
Is sugar bad for your teeth? Good question. This old adage is true and not so true at the same time. The amount of sugar is important but not as important as the frequency of the sugar intake. It’s actually better to chug a 40oz soda than it is to sip 4 oz of soda throughout the day; the same is true with sweets that we eat. (We’re not suggesting you drink a 40 oz soda…) Cavities happen because acid is formed by the bacteria that eat the sugars in our mouth. That acid breaks down the enamel and causes tooth decay. Limiting the sugar is good, but limiting the frequency is even more important.
Another myth or recommendation around Halloween is whether to brush your teeth after you eat all of that candy. Well, brushing after consuming a bunch of candy may actually be a bad thing. This is when our teeth are the softest. All that sugar raises the acidity in the mouth making the teeth most susceptable to abrasion or enamel loss. When the teeth are in a demineralized or softened state, we can actually brush away our enamel. Choose a mouthrinse with fluoride instead. This technique can harden the teeth while in this softened state. Unfortunately, when the enamel is gone, its gone. It won’t grow back. Brushing before drinking or eating food actually puts your mouth in a less acidic state. This keeps your teeth much stronger during those sugar binges that we have during Halloween.
Sticky candies are worse than softer ones. Sticky candy or foods can be bad for existing dental work. They can pull out fillings or crowns. Hard candies can break your natural teeth or dental restorations too. Gooey candy can stick to the teeth for long periods of time in the deepest grooves. Bacteria then eats the sugar that is wedged in the crevaces and hard to reach places for much longer. So stay away from sticky candies.
Children’s Dentistry is Important to Us!
Whether a child is visiting our office for the first time or for a regular cleaning, we want them to feel at ease. Nothing stresses a parent out more than seeing their little one upset. We have children. Our staff has children. We understand.
A positive experience at the dentist can lead to better dental health as they grow into teenagers and adults. A large part of our care for family dentistry starts with encouraging children to take good care of their teeth on a daily basis. And we enjoy caring for them and watching them grow year after year.
Calming Dental Fears
Sometimes the reason adults have fear of dental visits is because of an unhappy visit to a dentist when they were a child. No matter what your child may have experienced at a dentist in the past, he or she will love to visit us!
Your Children’s Dentist Is as Important as Their Pediatrician
Good dental care habits started at an early age helps children to keep dental habits for a lifetime. Children’s teeth are more prone to decay for various reasons. We’ll work with you on how to encourage proper brushing and care at home.
Children generally eat throughout the day, which exposes their teeth more frequently to the acid produced by food. If teeth are already not as clean as they can be, additional acid increases the risk that cavities will develop. An application of a fluoride varnish to teeth can be reduce cavities.
Preventing Child Tooth Decay
Children may not brush as well as they should. Even thorough brushing may not clean all the deep grooves or contours of teeth. When plaque from the accumulation of bacteria sets in, decay will develop. Even the smallest amount of decay will need a filling restoration.
Let us introduce to you a way to keep this from happening. With an application of a dental sealant to each tooth, the chances of decay are greatly reduced.
A Great Day at the Dentist
Small rewards are a great way to congratulate a child on their good behavior during their dental cleaning or other procedure. I’m sure you have similar approaches at home. The thrill of digging in the treasure chest is often what we here from the child as soon as they walk in our door. Who doesn’t love a gift?
If you ever have any questions about how we approach children’s dentistry
Preventing Child Tooth Decay – the Easy Way!
We understand that children may not brush as well as they should. And even thorough brushing may not clean all the deep grooves or contours of teeth. Once plaque from the accumulation of bacteria sets in, decay will develop. Even the smallest amount of decay will need a filling restoration. Let us introduce to you a way to keep this from happening. With an application of a dental sealant to each tooth, the chances of decay are greatly reduced.
Here’s how the sealants are applied:
After all the teeth are cleaned and sterilized, a thin coating of a transparent varnish is applied to all exposed areas of each tooth. A curing light is used to bond the sealant to the teeth.
This entire procedure takes just minutes, and no shots or drills are needed. The whole tooth structure remains intact and it is harmless, yet very effective in helping children and adolescents keep their natural teeth for a lifetime!
Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel
9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366
With a little imagination, brushing can be fun! In this animated video, a child teaches proper brushing tips while fending off the Invisible Nasties living in her smile.
From the video library at Colgate.com we have a short video providing fun & educational tips to teach children how to brush and why they should brush.
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Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel
9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366