Dental Care Resources

Tooth Character

Finding reliable, affordable kid dentistry is a task that requires gathering information from patients and reviews. A kid’s dentist should be someone you can establish a relationship with and make your child feel comfortable.

Good hygiene practices for little children

Good oral care should begin as early as possible to stave off oral issues later on. Here are some tips that should be helpful:

·         Children under the age of two should use a light smear of fluoridated toothpaste.  You will be able to see most of the bristle tips on the brush.
·         Children age two to five, should brush with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride. Carefully supervise them brushing so they don’t swallow the excess toothpaste.
·         It is important that your child brush his or her teeth two to three times per day so that way they form the habit of doing so, which will stick with them through life. If you feel your child cannot brush properly, you should still let them brush if they are interested in doing so, but an adult should brush for them when they are done.  Use the recommended amount of toothpaste mentioned above. When the child grows teeth that touch, you should start flossing every day.

Preparing your child for a dental visit

Prevention is the best method of avoiding dental issues later on. Prepare a list of any pain or issues your child experiences with their teeth or gums before you make the visit. Any minor issues should be treated before they become too severe. Below are some questions you can ask your child prior to seeing a dentist:

  • Do you have any pain in your mouth or teeth and how bad is it?
  • Do your gums bleed?
  • Do you get a bad taste in your mouth ever?
  • Can you breathe well when you sleep?
  • Do you grind your teeth?
  • Is your mouth very dry?

Older children may be able to answer these questions, but for younger children, as a parent, you will have to make some of these observations when you help care for your child’s teeth. Finding a trusted dentist that is dedicated to children’s oral hygiene is important to ensure the best experience possible for your child or children!