February marks the annual observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month and it’s an excellent time to take a few minutes to brush up on all the important things you need to remember to keep tiny teeth in tip-top shape.
The Allure Dental team wants to answer a few common questions parents have when it comes to caring for your little one’s teeth now and into the future. (If you have a question and you don’t see it listed here, please don’t hesitate to call our office conveniently located in Lafayette. We’re always here for you and happy to help you!)
Question #1: At What Age Do Kids Need to See The Dentist?
Even before your child’s teeth start to poke through, it’s a good idea to gently brush your baby’s gums with your finger to keep them clean. Every child is different, so there’s no concrete age that a kiddo will get their first tooth.
It’s generally a good idea to bring your little one along to your dental appointment as soon as they start getting teeth so that they feel comfortable and at ease with our team when it’s time for them to sit in the dental chair. We generally start seeing kids around age 3 or 4 at our Lafayette dental office.
Question #2: How Long Do Kids Need to Brush Their Teeth?
The short answer is 2 minutes. Just like when you brush, you should make sure your child is brushing for two minutes straight, two times a day. It’s best to brush in the morning and before bed to help get rid of bad bacteria that can cause cavities. Make sure to concentrate on those pesky back molars, if you’re kids have them. That’s where cavities tend to appear first!
Question #3: Can You Floss Toddler Teeth?
It’s easy to tell parents that they need to be flossing their toddler’s teeth once a day. But actually getting the deed done is a bit more difficult when you’re dealing with a feisty little one. When toddler teeth start to touch and fit closely together, it’s important that you get your child in the habit of flossing. They will need help at first but will become flossing experts over time as they grow older.
Drs. Trevor Murray, Christian Mazur, and the experienced team at our dental office in Lafayette love, love, love answering questions and getting to know our family of patients – no matter what age! We hope you learned a little bit about some of the big ways you can care for your child’s smile.