Practicing good oral hygiene means maintaining your child’s smile by visiting the dentist regularly and taking care of her teeth and gums in between checkups. Our practice wants to make sure that your child gets the most out of her office visits, and that her teeth stay healthy for life! We’ll work with you to provide complete dental care, and show you how to maintain your child’s smile at home with the right dental products for you and your family.
Dental Cleanings and Regular Checkups
Regular dental checkups are an important part of maintaining good oral health. During regular checkups, the hygienist will:
- Check for any problems that may not be seen or felt
- Look for cavities or other signs of tooth decay
- Inspect the teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
- Provide a thorough teeth cleaning, rinse, and polish
Visiting the dentist every six months gives you and your child the chance to talk with your doctor and receive answers for any questions you may have about your family’s oral health. Checkups are also a great way to find out about new treatments that may benefit your child’s smile.
Choosing the Right Toothpaste and Toothbrush
From toothpaste and mouthwash to toothbrushes and dental floss, it’s important to choose the right products. Keep in mind that when you’re looking for a new toothpaste or toothbrush be sure to choose one that has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Our doctors believe that electric toothbrushes, such as the Sonicare brand, typically are better at plaque removal. Ask any of our dental team about affordable electric toothbrushes, as well as tooth bleaching options.
Did you know that at birth, people already have 20 primary (baby) teeth that begin erupting after six months, and that by age 21 there are no more primary teeth and all 32 permanent teeth have erupted?
Getting to know your teeth can be fun and educational!
Anatomy of a Tooth
Tooth Eruption Chart