Children's Dentistry

Nurturing Little Smiles for a Lifetime of Health

Tooth decay often sets in at an early age, rendering young children particularly vulnerable. Shockingly, nearly half of 2-11-year-olds have already grappled with tooth decay, and 32% of kids aged 9-11 display cavities in their permanent teeth. This concerning trend can be attributed to factors like baby formulas with added sugar and heavily-sweetened fruit juices. Even breast milk, with its natural sugars, can contribute to cavities in baby teeth.

Initiating care for baby teeth is paramount, beginning as soon as the first tooth emerges. We advocate for your child’s first dental exam no later than their first birthday, followed by regular six-month checkups. This approach not only aligns with most adults’ dental schedules but also allows us to monitor your child for potential dental issues while providing personalized preventive coaching tailored to their specific conditions.

As parents, there are proactive steps you can take to safeguard your child against tooth decay, even before their initial dental visit:

  • Post-Feeding Oral Care: Always flush your baby’s teeth with water or wipe them down with a damp cloth after feeding, especially before bedtime. Residue from milk or formula left in the mouth can foster decay, even in the youngest patients. Addressing cavities early prevents pain and potential infections.
  • Weaning Strategies: Aim to wean your child off breastfeeding or bottled milk by their first birthday. This effort not only helps prevent decay but also minimizes the risk of jaw growth problems associated with excessive sucking.
  • Early Brushing Habits: Begin brushing as soon as the first tooth appears. Even a small visible portion of the tooth can develop a cavity. Start with a soft-bristled brush and water, gradually introducing a small amount of toothpaste as advised by your dentist.
  • Supervised Brushing: As your child starts brushing on their own, continue to monitor their brushing routine, ensuring they cover all areas. Occasionally stepping in to clean any missed spots reinforces good oral habits.
  • Bedtime Practices: Avoid giving sugary drinks or milk bottles before bedtime. Using a straw with sugary beverages minimizes tooth contact with the liquid.
  • Sugar Control: Limit your child’s overall intake of sugary foods and drinks. Encouraging a balanced diet contributes to both oral and overall health.

At Stonelake Family Dentistry, we understand the unique needs of young smiles. Our goal is to partner with you in fostering excellent oral health habits from the earliest stages. By embracing preventive measures and maintaining regular dental checkups, you’re investing in your child’s radiant smile and overall well-being for a lifetime. Schedule your child’s appointment with us to embark on this essential journey towards a future of healthy, happy smiles.

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