Brushing my Baby's Teeth

Taking care of our teeth from birth is important, and teaching our children good oral hygiene from the beginning can help them later on in life. Many parents wonder when it is a good idea to start brushing their baby’s teeth. Primary teeth are very important, and they help a child with speech and development. If a child loses their baby teeth too early from decay, the development of permanent teeth may be affected or come in crooked.

Why Is It a Good Idea to Brush Your Baby’s Teeth?

At King’s Beach Dental, we help our young patients and parents learn good oral hygiene habits to practice at home. Regular visits to the dentist are recommended when your child turns one year old, or when their teeth begin to erupt. Brushing your baby’s teeth can start right when you see their first tooth pop up through the gums. We recommend using a finger brush, or clean washcloth to wipe their teeth and tongue clean after meals and at bedtime. This helps to keep their teeth and gums clean and free of bacteria or food.

Can I Use Toothpaste?

According to the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), they recommend using a rice size bit of cavity preventing toothpaste when your baby’s first teeth erupt. When they reach the age of 3 parents can increase the toothpaste to be the size of a pea. Gently massage the teeth and gums to remove any bacteria or food that may have lingered in those areas.

Visiting the dentist for your regular exams twice a month can help us get in front of any issues with your child’s teeth or mouth before they become serious. We can monitor their teeth for decay, and make sure their jaw is developing properly. Setting the stage in the beginning with good oral hygiene can really help teach your child how to care for their teeth in the future.

Our doctors and team have years of pediatric dentistry experience, and we welcome new pediatric patients to join our dental family. Our team is trained to work with children, and we always make sure they have a positive experience when they visit our office. At King’s Beach Dental, we strive to provide quality dental care you can trust.

Ready To Schedule Your Child’s Appointment?

If you are interested in scheduling your child’s regular dental exam with us, contact King’s Beach Dental, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Early Orthodontics

Early orthodontics is also referred to as phase 1 orthodontic treatment, and may be necessary to help children who have growth or alignment issues with their teeth. At King’s Beach Dental, we offer a variety of different options for patients who require early orthodontics. Our goal is to address the issues early to prevent more serious issues in the future from developing. Catching any issues with the jaw or teeth in the beginning is important before permanent teeth erupt.

When Should I Consider Early Orthodontic Treatment?

If your dentist has a concern during your regular exam, they may recommend early orthodontic treatment. Common devices used in early orthodontic treatment include braces, palatal expanders, or retainers.

What Are Common Issues That Require Early Orthodontic Treatment?

  • Issues with a child’s bite
  • Malocclusion or misaligned teeth
  • Teeth that protrude
  • Issue with a child’s jaw, or a child who has a very small jaw

What Are the Benefits of Early Orthodontics?

Early orthodontics can correct issues early on before they cause damage, and reduce the need for treatments later in life. Not every child requires early orthodontic treatment. Children that do not have any issues with their jaw or teeth should wait until phase 2 orthodontics.

  • Prevents a narrow jaw
  • Eliminates chances of crowding
  • Lowers risk of damage to protruding teeth
  • Reduces risk of tooth decay
  • Reduces risk of gum disease

Typically, children do not need to visit the orthodontist until at least six or seven years of age. Many children do not need orthodontic treatment until they are older. An early visit to the orthodontist can help detect issues, as well as know what your child may require as they get older. This also gives the opportunity for the parent to ask questions. Our team will discuss if your child requires phase 1 orthodontics to help reduce the need for treatment later in life.

Ready To Schedule Your Child’s Consultation?

If you are interested in finding out if your child requires early orthodontics, we recommend scheduling a consultation with us. Our doctors have years of experience in orthodontics, and our team is trained to work with children. We strive to provide a positive experience each time they visit our office. At King’s Beach Dental, we provide quality dentistry you can trust, and we welcome new patients to join our dental family.

To schedule your child’s appointment, contact King’s Beach Dental, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Children And Dental Flossing

Maintaining oral health involves complying with the cleaning guidelines indicated by specialists. Therefore, it is very important to know the correct use of dental floss as one of the pillars of these recommendations. We will give you some guidelines to comply with the care of teeth and gums.

Types of dental floss

Dental floss, also known as dental floss, is an element for oral cleaning that was born in 1815 in New Orleans, United States. In this city, a dentist recommended that his patients clean their teeth with floss. With the passage of time this instrument was perfected, its use was consolidated after the Second World War. Its function is to eliminate food debris between the teeth to prevent the appearance of bacterial plaque.

At present, the dental floss is made up of a group of plastic or nylon filaments joined in a cylindrical shape forming a resistant material. The idea is to reach places that the toothbrush does not. In the market there are many brands that offer this product. Several types of dental floss are distinguished:

  1. With or without wax: It is the one that is commonly used. It has a flat surface and is indicated for people with normal interdental spaces. Some contain fluoride. Those with wax and are more resistant slide better.
  2. Super-floss: It is made specifically for those who have fixed bridges, dentures and orthodontic appliances, among others. Therefore, it has more rigid and other spongy sections. Although depending on the needs can be used by anyone.
  3. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE): It is made of a material that glides easily like nylon and is less prone to fraying than normal thread.
Cute Girl Cleaning Teeth By Floss In Bathroom

4. Dental tape: It is found with or without wax. It is designed with a flat surface ideal for those with larger interdental spaces.

It is recommended not to buy those that have perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) that are carcinogenic.

Children and flossing

When the child is 2 or 3 years old it is important that he start flossing in his routine under the supervision of the dentist. Because at this age it is very difficult for them to maintain habits, we must try to teach them by example. Parents have to use it in front of the child, this will reinforce the need to put this custom into practice. A simple way to introduce it into your routine is the use of the dental floss or thread holder. This is because their hands are small and their motor skills are not fully developed. In this period the parents will comply with the steps.

From the age of eight it becomes mandatory. It is useful to turn the task into a fun time, so the child will feel more comfortable. Telling stories about bacteria and germs with the intervention of a superhero usually helps. This way you will concentrate on performing this task to keep your oral health at bay. The prize system is another alternative.