February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Here at Mesquite Dental & Implant Center, we make it a point to help young patients establish good oral hygiene habits as early as possible. Doing so reduces the need for fillings and other dental work. When your child comes in for an appointment, you can expect us to show them how to take proper care of their teeth. Keep reading to learn more about our children’s dentistry.

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

The American Dental Association recommends your child visit a dentist by their first birthday. Think of this first visit as the building block for healthy teeth in the future. Not to mention, Dr. George will take a brief look inside your child’s mouth to review development. Our hope is that your kiddo will be a patient of ours for years to come!

Parents are sometimes unsure of what to look for in their child’s mouth. Studies show that even infants have a high number of bacteria present in their mouths. Try to remember to wipe your son or daughter’s gums after feedings using a soft, moist cloth. Things get a bit more advanced when the first tooth erupts. Once this happens, feel free to brush their tooth with a soft, children’s toothbrush. Our dental care clinic advises that when multiple teeth erupt, be sure to brush in the morning and evening. Avoid giving your child fluoridated toothpaste until you get the green light from your dentist. Lastly, encourage your little one to spit in the sink instead of swallowing the toothpaste.

The First Cleaning

Before you can blink, your child will be 3 years old. It’s around this time when six-month cleanings and checkups should be established. Our dental care team will remove plaque and tartar. Plus, we educate them on brushing and flossing in a way that’s simple and easy to understand. Dr. George encourages parents to stay in the treatment room so they can learn how to make the most out of their home care efforts. Until your child’s motor skills have developed enough to brush and floss independently, help them with oral hygiene as much as possible.

What to Know About Fluorides and Sealants

Just because your child brushes and flosses regularly doesn’t mean they won’t have a single cavity. Think about having them use a fluoride rinse or varnish to attract other minerals that strengthen enamel and fend off cavities. You may also want to ask your dental clinic about dental sealants for your child. These clear plastic coatings are applied to the back teeth and create a barrier between bacteria and tooth enamel. Sealants are a great strategy for preventing decay. Best of all, sealants don’t have to be removed since they wear off naturally.

Our staff is here for your child, whether they require emergency dental care or more complete dental care on a regular basis. This month, do what you can to educate your child about the importance of good oral health.