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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 to ensure that your children’s teeth are well cared for is by talking with your child dentist. While some dentists serve families in general, others focus specifically on dentistry for kids. No matter what, it’s important that you feel comfortable enough to ask your child’s dentist whatever questions you may have. Let’s look at a few good questions to ask during your next visit.
Young children should not use the same type of toothpaste as adults. This is because young children, especially those under six years old, tend to swallow a lot of toothpaste while brushing their teeth. Because of this, it’s a good idea to have your children use low fluoride toothpaste. Ask your child’s dentist for recommendations!
Typically, your children should begin seeing a dentist after their first birthday or 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’s dentist 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.
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. Contact the friendly team at Fun Smile today to learn more!