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It can be difficult to take care of your children’s teeth, even when you try your very best. There’s a reason why 40% of children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. While you shouldn’t feel ashamed if your kids have cavities, there are things that you can do to prevent them. One of the best ways that you can ensure that your children’s teeth are well cared for is by discussing with your child’s dentist. While some dentists serve families in general, others focus specifically on the care of children’s teeth. No matter what, it’s important that you feel free to ask your children’s dentist whatever questions are on your mind. Let’s look into a few questions you should plan on asking during your next visit.
Not all children should use the same type of toothpaste as adults. This is because young children, especially those under six years old, swallow a lot of the toothpaste that they use as they brush their teeth. Because of this, it’s a good idea to have your children use low fluoride toothpaste. Ask your child dentist for recommendations!
Typically, your children should begin seeing a dentist within their first year of life, after their first tooth appears. If they’ve made it to the age of one without any baby teeth, go ahead and schedule that first appointment. Ask your child dentist about when you should expect that first tooth if you feel like it’s delayed.
In the same sense, if you feel like your child is delayed in losing their baby teeth or having their adult teeth erupt, ask your child dentist about it. Usually, children lose all of their baby teeth by the age of nine. To ensure that there are adult teeth in the gums ready to come in, a dentist may want to give them an x-ray after that.
We typically know how to teach teeth brushing. Flossing can be a bit more complex, and your dentist could give you some tips on how to teach your child this tricky process.
Remember: dentists are here to help! Don’t hesitate to ask questions.