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Brushing his teeth twice a day will help your child prevent cavities and gum disease for a lifetime. However, if your child is reticent to brush, a few simple tips can help you encourage him to take part in this essential healthy habit. Let your child choose his own toothbrush and toothpaste. Encourage him to copy your movements by brushing your teeth first and showing him know how much you enjoy it. Allow your child to use his toothbrush to “practice” on stuffed animals, encouraging him to see toothbrushing as a fun game rather than a tedious activity. If your child is still reticent, play a song or read to him while he brushes his teeth. This will give him another activity that he can anticipate during his daily oral care routine.
If you’d like more tips on encouraging your child to care for his teeth, talk to your pediatric dentist at Kids Dental of Carrollton and Plano. We are here to help your child feel confident about his dental health. You can reach us by calling (469) 685-1532 or clicking on our web contact form.
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Studies have found that as serving sizes increase and soda becomes more readily available, this fizzy drink has replaced many other beverage options in the diets of children and teens. While soda may taste delicious, it also presents a significant hazard to your child’s dental health. If you are concerned about the effects of your child’s diet on his teeth, talk to your pediatric dentist for more information.
Sugars and Acids Cause Tooth Decay
Sodas contain high levels of sugars and acids, which combine to attack tooth enamel and cause decay. The average 12-ounce can of cola contains approximately 40 grams of sugar, while a 20-ounce bottle contains 65 grams of sugar. Fruit-flavored sodas contain even higher levels of sugar than colas. These sugars provide a ready meal for the bacteria in your child’s mouth, encouraging them to multiply and produce tooth enamel-eating acids. In addition to high levels of sugar, sodas are also very acidic. Acid weakens tooth enamel, making it more susceptible to bacteria. It is this combination of sugars and acids that makes soda such a considerable threat to dental health. Making the switch to sugar-free sodas does eliminate the sugar content found in regular soda, but sugar-free beverages are still highly acidic.
Soda Replaces Healthier Drink Choices
Soda is not only responsible for causing tooth decay directly, but contributes indirectly to poor dental health as well. When children consume more soda, they consume fewer healthy beverages such as water and milk. Milk contains vitamin D and calcium, both essential nutrients for building and maintaining strong tooth enamel. Fluoridated water also helps to promote stronger teeth that are more resistant to cavities. By replacing these beverages in a child’s diet, soda makes an even greater contribution to tooth decay.
Your dentist at Kids Dental can help you develop a healthier diet for your child’s teeth. Call us at (469) 685-1532 to schedule a checkup, cleaning, or orthodontic evaluation at our Plano dental office. Visit us on the web to read through more important information about preventing childhood cavities.
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When a permanent tooth erupts normally, it slowly pushes its way through the gums. This process dissolves the root of the baby tooth holding its place, causing the primary tooth to fall out before the permanent one appears.
This video explains that ectopic eruption occurs when a child’s permanent tooth begins to appear before the baby tooth has fallen out. In cases of ectopic eruption, the permanent tooth comes in behind the baby tooth. If you notice this happening to your child, schedule a visit with your dentist. Early treatment of ectopic eruption can eliminate the need for more extensive treatment later on.
At Kids Dental, we are here to help you and your child through every step of his dental development. Call (469) 685-1532 to schedule your child’s next checkup with us today. You can find more information about our pediatric dentistry services on our website.
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Children who are born prematurely face unique general and dental health concerns. The teeth form inside the gums well before birth and require time to mature. Because preemies have spent less time developing in the womb, their teeth may be less prepared to fend off bacteria. Maintaining regular dental care and following the suggestions of your pediatric dentist can help you protect your preemie’s teeth from decay.
Understanding Hypoplasia Risk?
One of the greatest risks to preemies’ teeth is a condition called hypoplasia. Hypoplasia occurs when the primary teeth do not have enough protective enamel to prevent damage, staining, and decay. Because tooth enamel forms well before birth, a premature child has less tooth enamel is present at birth. Many premature children require a respirator to help them breathe; the pressure of this tube on the gums can also cause hypoplasia to occur. Other causes of hypoplasia include a lack of adequate calcium and difficulty processing the nutrients in milk or formula.
Protecting Your Baby’s Teeth
Taking steps to protect your baby’s teeth can help to prevent cavities and other dental problems caused by premature birth. Begin cleaning your baby’s gums at least once a day with a soft, wet washcloth even before his first teeth come in. Once your child receives his first tooth, switch to brushing the gums and any teeth with a soft toothbrush and a small amount of child-safe toothpaste. Visit your pediatric dentist within six months of your child’s first tooth, or by the time he reaches the age of one. Your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation of your child’s dental needs and suggest additional treatments or protections if they are needed. If your preemie is particularly prone to tooth decay, dental sealants can be effective in providing additional protection against cavities.
When your child is ready for his first dental visit, call Kids Dental of Plano at (469) 685-1532. Our pediatric dentists specialize in children’s care and comfort. You can learn more about our dental office and our dedicated team of professionals by exploring our comprehensive website.
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Regular brushing sessions are necessary for your toddler’s oral health. However, that doesn’t mean they will always comply with your instructions. Making oral hygiene activities fun can go a long way toward ensuring your child’s oral health. First, let your child pick out their own toothbrush. Many varieties come with images of cartoon characters or superheroes. Second, choose toothpaste in a flavor that your child likes. If they aren't fond of mint, they may refuse to let you brush their teeth. Find toothpaste in a sweeter flavor that your toddler finds more palatable. Third, make brushing entertaining. Each time you clean your toddler’s teeth, play a song or do a dance that makes them think of their oral hygiene habits as less of a chore and more of a game.
With the right tools and tactics, you can make your brushing sessions fun for the whole family. To speak with a pediatric dentist about how to protect your toddler’s teeth, call Kids Dental at (469) 685-1532. Our pediatric dentistry practice offers comprehensive care to families in the Plano, Carrollton, and Grapevine areas.