Good dental hygiene care begins long before you actually have teeth. The American Dental Association stresses the importance of good oral hygiene for infants as the best way to prevent future dental health problems. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood health issue. It can advance rapidly and cause cavities even in babies with no teeth showing. Starting early with regular visits to a qualified pediatric dentist in Park City gives your child a head start in good dental health.
We Love Babies!!
So bring them in with you when you and your family members come for your appointments. In line with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, we recommend bringing your child(ren) to the dentist by no later than their first birthday. Our doctors and dental hygienist will be happy to show you the proper way to clean and care for your child’s teeth and gums. We will be happy to guide you in establishing a good regimen of oral hygiene for your child. We will also make those early dental visits enjoyable for you and your little one, establishing a good foundation for a positive attitude towards future dental visits and care. Starting dental visits in infancy will also enable us to watch for any teeth developing cavities before they become more decayed, and we can teach you about the dental benefits of proper diet and oral hygiene for your child.
Tips and Suggestions for Healthy Baby Teeth:
- Using a damp, soft cloth or a soft-bristled toothbrush, wipe clean your baby’s gums and teeth at least twice a day
- Never let your child sleep with a bottle or sippy cup filled with milk or juice since residue from the milk or juice remains in the child’s mouth and on the gums, promoting and promotes the rapid growth of decay causing bacteria.
- When your child is asleep, stop nursing and clean gums and teeth with a damp washcloth
- Try reading, rocking or singing your child to sleep in place of continuous feeding
- Don’t let your child use a sippy cup or bottle as a pacifier
- Wean your child off the bottle by 12 to 14 months
- Teach your child to use a cup at an early age.
- Ask your dentist how much fluoride is appropriate for your child
Pediatric Dentist For Kids & Toddlers
Kids eighteen and under are eligible to join our Smile Rewards Club where they can earn points for good dental habits and other personal accomplishments. Once enrolled, your child will receive a membership card and will begin to immediately earn points for being on time, good brushing, no cavities, community service, writing reviews, referring family and friends to our office and lots of other things. After accruing enough points, prizes can be redeemed. We will tell you all about this amazing program when you call or visit our office.
Bring your child in to our office twice a year for regular cleanings and exams. They will always be happy to hang out in the Kids Kave, have their teeth counted, make sure they do not have any sugar bugs, earn Smile Rewards and dig into our Toy Treasure Chest!! It is our job to make sure that your kids have the best possible experience in our office.
Brushing Tips For Children
Establishing a regular dental hygiene regimen early will build habits that last and preserve your child’s beautiful smile. Using a soft toothbrush, start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they come in. We recommend brushing with fluoride free toothpaste or water. Once the child learns how to spit, you can switch to fluoride toothpaste. If your water does not contain fluoride, ask our dentists about supplements suitable for your child. Take your time while teaching your child how to brush his or her teeth.
- Use colorful toothbrushes and good tasting toothpaste- your child will receive these at each visit to our office
- Teach them to brush for the right amount of time by using a timer – we will give your child an hourglass time and explain how to use it
- Don’t forget the floss! Early flossing establishes a life long good habit
- Brush and floss your teeth with your children
- Read books and watch videos about good dental hygiene together
- Make a chart and put a gold star on it every time your children brush their teeth
- Reward your child with praise and positive feedback
- After brushing at bed time, allow your child to drink water only.
- Make brushing and flossing time for family fun!
If your infant or child is in need of dental care in Park City, Utah, contact our office to schedule an appointment. With Mountain High Family Dental and Orthodontics, your child will have a pleasant dental experience!