Dental Care for Kids
Positive dental experiences during childhood are the foundation of a lifetime of good oral habits and bright, healthy smiles. Our team at Dental Garden understands that many children feel anxious about dental visits, and we always take the time to help our younger patients feel at ease in our care.
We’ve even added kid-friendly touches to our dental office to help children feel more at home.
We strive to make your child’s dental visits easy, educational and most of all, fun!
Did You Know?
A baby has 20 teeth in his or her jaw at birth. But even before those teeth grow up into the mouth, they can get cavities. Work with DentalGarden to start dental care after birth and prevent early tooth decay.
Baby Teeth Matter!!!
When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space, which makes it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can make teeth crooked or crowded. That's why starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come. We recommend that parents take their children to a dentist no later than their first birthday and then at intervals every 6 months.
What to Expect for your child's First Dental Visit
As soon as your child's first tooth appears, it's time to schedule a dental visit. We recommend the first visit be no later than the child's first birthday. Don't wait for them to start school or until there's an emergency. Get your child comfortable today with healthy habits. Your child’s first dental visit is very critical not only to examine your child’s mouth and check for growth and development, but also to teach you, the parent, on how to take care of your child’s growing teeth. It's also about your child being comfortable. To make the visit positive:
- Consider morning appointment when children tend to be better rested and cooperative.
- Please try to keep any anxiety or concerns you have to yourself. Children can pick up on your emotions.
- Please DO NOT try to scare your child about going to the dentist or let older siblings do the same.
- Please DO NOT use a dental visit as a punishment or threat.
- Please DO NOT bribe your child.
- Speak with your child about visiting the dentist.
Cleaning Your Child's Teeth
0-3 months = Begin cleaning your baby's mouth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. This is called finger brushing. Massaging infant's gums can help lessen the pain of teething later on.
> 3 months = When your child's teeth begin to come in, brush them gently with a child-size toothbrush and water. A baby's front four teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don't have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months.
> 2 years of age = Once they are able to fully spit out toothpaste, brush their teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Tell-Show-Do. Tell them how to brush, Show them how to brush their teeth, then have them Do the brushing on their own. But always remember to check their work and help them with brushing the back molars!!!
until 7 years of age = continue to brush your child's teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.