May 8, 2017
Do you remember when you learned to brush and floss your teeth? Many of our patients don’t, but when it’s your turn to do the teaching, it’s time for a crash course in caring for kid’s teeth. Let Dr. Craig Vacek and his team help you teach your kids to brush and floss like pros. Call your children’s dentist in Lincoln, NE to find out more about caring for children’s teeth or to schedule an appointment.
Helping Your Kids Learn to Love Caring for Their Smiles
Most babies develop their first teeth around the age of six months. At this time, you’ll need to begin brushing their teeth everyday using an ultra-soft bristled infant toothbrush, or you can use a clean, damp cloth to wipe plaque buildup away after they eat. When babies have two teeth that touch, it’s time to start flossing. We can demonstrate good techniques for you during your six month checkup. You should also take the following oral health care tips into consideration:
- Don’t let your kids fall asleep with bottles in their mouths. This is a hard habit to break, but it can lead to decay or misshaping of the front teeth.
- Make sure your child is getting adequate fluoride to ensure they develop strong, healthy teeth. Many receive all their necessary fluoride by drinking tap water, but you can also provide fluoride supplements if your child does not consume fluoridated tap waters.
- Once your child begins eating solid foods, make sure they’re consuming a nutritionally complete diet. You should also monitor how they’re chewing, and if they have any difficulty doing so, let our team know as this could be a sign of developmental concerns.
Around the age of two, you can usually begin showing your child how to brush and floss on their own. We recommend you assist them at first, and allow them to slowly gain more independence when caring for their smiles.
Bringing Your Kids to Vacek Family Dentistry
We encourage families with new babies to bring their little ones along to the office for one of their appointments, in part because we always love to see the littlest members of our families! However, our goal is to help your little one get used to the sights and sounds of the office. We can also take a look at any developing dental structures to ensure your child is not in need of advanced care with a pediatric dentistry specialist. At the age of three, we encourage parents to begin bringing their kids to our office every six months for diagnostic examinations and professional teeth cleanings. At this point, the majority of your child’s primary teeth have erupted, and they are old enough to understand what’s going on during their visit without being unnecessarily frightened. Our goal is to partner with you and your little one to develop positive associations with visiting the dentist, so they can maintain their healthiest smiles for a lifetime.
Before Your Child’s Dental Appointment
- Encourage your little one to look forward to their first visit by telling them all about how much fun they’ll have in our office.
- Take them on a virtual office tour, so they know what to expect when they arrive at our office.
- Start a countdown to the office visit.
- Answer any questions your child has about their appointment to the best of your abilities.
- Remind them how proud our team will be of their good work brushing and flossing every day.
- Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or want some suggestions for how to make your child’s office visit a success.
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