Maintaining the oral health of your young ones with dentistry for children
At Iris Dental, the experienced team prides themselves in offering dentistry for children. We believe in starting their oral health path early to prevent any issues from occurring. But what does children’s dentistry involve?
What is Involved?
Regular Check Ups
Here at Iris Dental, we work with you and your child to help you understand how important good oral health is, and how the condition of baby teeth can affect the future development of their teeth.
We recommend that you bring your child in as soon as teeth start to appear. This way we can provide advice on how to clean baby teeth. Once more teeth begin to come through, we can start to show you and your child the correct ways to floss and brush, while also providing advice on the correct toothpaste to use.
A typical checkup usually involves:
- A full scale and clean of the teeth
- Evaluating the health of the gums
- Provide advice for correct cleaning techniques
At the end of the checkup, we will provide your child with their own take-home care pack, which contains a toothbrush, paste, and floss.
Not only is attending regular check-ups important, but they are also as important as maintaining excellent oral health at home.
Here are a few tips:
- Assist your child with brushing and flossing – making sure that you show them the correct technique
- Making sure your child brushes at least twice a day
One of the most commonly asked questions is “When should my child get braces?”. Ultimately, the ideal time is when all their adult teeth have come through and there are no signs of wisdom teeth erupting within the near future. This is important because if teeth removal is required after orthodontic treatment, it can sometimes cause the teeth to go out of alignment.
Playing sports is one of the main thing’s children like to do. But sports-related teeth problems are a regular occurrence and damage could have been prevented by wearing a dental quality mouthguard. A mouthguard just doesn’t cover the teeth, it applies for support and protection around the jaw region to prevent any damage or injury from occurring.
Why is dentistry for children important?
Bringing your child in for regular check-ups is an excellent way to maintain oral health as well as preventing problems from occurring. These problems include plaque, cavities and gum disease.
Poor oral health can also lead to other conditions including tooth loss.
Children’s Dentistry at Iris Dental
If you are looking at beginning your child’s dentistry experience, but don’t know where to start, contact us and one of our experienced team members will discuss the process in more detail.
Children’s Dentistry FAQs
How to teach kids to brush their teeth?
There are so many ways to teach your kids to brush their teeth.
One of the most preferred methods is to begin by brushing your kids’ teeth for them when they’re really young and then eventually letting them brush themselves with your guidance.
You can also brush your own teeth with them during this time to demonstrate to them and reinforce a routine.
There are also several different kids’ apps made to help them brush their teeth like Disney timer apps, brushing calendars, and sticker album for rewarding brushing their teeth.
When do kids lose baby teeth?
Kids typically will start losing their baby teeth at age 6. The first teeth they lose are usually one of the front teeth either on the top or the bottom. They will continue to lose baby teeth until about age 12, when they finally lose their molars.
How long should kids brush their teeth for?
Kids should brush their teeth for two minutes.
Children’s teeth need to be brushed for the same amount of time as teens and adults. When kids are brushing, they should try to focus a good portion of those two minutes on the back molars where it is especially common for cavities to develop.
Children should also brush twice a day.