Do you have a young child in your life? If so, you know many of the struggles that parents face with their children in terms of their oral health. There is nothing quite like asking your child to brush their teeth over and over only to find out their teeth were never brushed. If you can relate to this scenario, you are not alone. We know parents are passionate about teaching proper oral hygiene not only to create lasting habits, but also to help avoid tooth decay. Tooth decay is one of the most chronic conditions in children. We want to share some tips on how to help your child or young loved one prevent tooth decay. Read on to learn more.
At Pollard Dental, we treat patients of all ages. We frequently speak about the importance of oral health and ways to help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy. One of the best ways to do this is to teach healthy oral habits from a young age. Bad habits that develop as a child can continue to cause problems with oral health well into adulthood. We want to share some common bad habits that children should stop as soon as possible. These habits could wreak havoc on your child’s teeth and result in the need for dental treatments now and in the future.
When a child is first born, there is so much excitement over every milestone that occurs. As time goes by, those milestones lead to more and more independence in children until they reach their teenage years. If you have a child who is a teenager or have one in your extended family, then you know that it is one of the most difficult age brackets a parent or guardian experiences because the teen is testing the waters of adulthood and learning their boundaries.
When you have a young child or loved one in your care there are many exciting milestones that are celebrated. This time of year is always a time of great excitement for those with young children. We think there is another exciting time in a young child’s life that we need to mention — their first dentist appointment. You might be surprised to learn that we recommend that a child visit our office for the first time no later than their first birthday. So, while you are planning the party, birthday pictures, and cake smash, be sure to call our office to schedule an appointment. We know that visiting the dentist can be a bit intimidating for the little ones (and sometimes their parents too), so we wanted to offer some tips to help make their first experience a little easier.
Do you hold your breath every time you or a family member visit our office, waiting to hear if you have a cavity or not? Cavities form when areas of the outer covering of the tooth, aka the dental enamel, become damaged from decay. This can be caused by food that remains on the surface of the tooth or between the teeth. The grooves located in the rear molars are particularly susceptible as it can be easy for food and bacteria to remain lodged in these tight spaces even after brushing. Children are also more susceptible to cavities due to their frequent snacking habits and because they often do not brush properly. We have a treatment solution to help you and your family members protect your teeth from cavities. Read on to learn about this popular treatment.