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Even your little one needs to maintain regular visits with their Prior Lake, MN, dentist.
Keeping your child’s smile healthy should be a top priority. Luckily, it isn’t difficult with the proper oral habits in place! With this in mind, you may be wondering when should your children start visiting Dr. Michael Babcock and Dr. Tom Morgan, our Prior Lake, MN, family dentists? How often do they need to come in and what can you do to keep their teeth healthy between visits? Simply read below for the answers to the top questions about your child’s oral health.
When should my child start seeing the dentist?
This is one of the top dental questions parents have. The ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both answer this by stating that a good time for you to start bringing your child in for routine cleanings is by the time they turn a year old. If teeth start coming in sooner than age 1, it’s time to call our Prior Lake, MN, children’s dentist to schedule a checkup.
Why are these visits important?
Though it might be difficult to imagine given that your child might not have teeth yet or is just starting to get baby teeth, it is still very possible for gum disease or decay to affect your little one. By bringing them in every six months for dental checkups and cleanings, you can protect them from these common oral diseases.
Besides examining your child’s teeth and gums to make sure everything is healthy, we may also perform a dental cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar buildup on teeth and along the gum line. However, the dental cleaning is usually minimal during their very first visit.
Of course, this checkup is also important for parents who may not know what they need to do to keep their little one’s developing smile healthy. Don’t worry—we have you covered. We can provide tips and advice on everything from feedings and diet to brushing and flossing. We can even show you ways to brush and floss your child’s teeth so that you’ll be able to do it all on your own. Just as you should with your own smile, you should also be brushing and flossing your child’s teeth each and every day.
Babcock & Morgan Family Dental is proud to serve the Prior Lake, Shakopee, New Prague, and Savage, MN, areas. If it’s time to schedule your child’s next dental appointment, give us a call today at (952) 447-4611.
Parenting doesn't come with an instruction manual, so advice from experts on how to care for your child is always helpful. How to properly brush a child's teeth is often on the top of a new parents' list. That's why your children's dentists in Prior Lake, MN, Dr. Michael Babcock and Dr. Tom Morgan, have outlined a few of the ways you can help your child achieve good toothbrushing habits from infancy onward!
It may seem pointless to start brushing if your baby only has one or two teeth, but establishing this ritual early will help them get used to the feeling of brushing and the taste of the paste. For their safety and comfort, your Prior Lake children's dentist recommends buying a fluoride-free toothpaste and using a finger brush, which is made from soft, flexible rubber and fits over your finger. If your baby doesn't have teeth yet, try using a warm, dampened washcloth or piece of gauze to wipe their gums clean.
As with infants, your Prior Lake children's dentist recommends brushing your child's twice a day using fluoride-free toothpaste until they're old enough not to swallow it (approximately age 3). Since an independent toddler's favorite word is often "No!", choosing a tasty toothpaste and brightly-colored toothbrush with soft bristles and their favorite cartoon character can help convince them of the necessity. A fun distraction like counting or singing a song may help a busy toddler engaged for the amount of time it takes for you to brush each of their teeth. By age two, they're ready to practice spitting into the sink, which doesn't take long for them to master!
By sticking to a good oral hygiene routine in their earlier years, your children are much more likely to be conscientious about their brushing habits as they get older. Kids can start brushing with supervision around age four or five; they can start using mouthwash around this time as well. Brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time should be the goal. If your child is wearing orthodontic devices, you may need to discuss different tools with your Prior Lake children's dentist to ensure that their teeth are being cleaned effectively.
Checkups twice a year at Babcock & Morgan Family Dental in Prior Lake, MN, is essential for good dental health, regardless of the patient's age. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more tips about how to care for your child's teeth, contact us today!