Dentistry for Children

Dentistry for Children

As part of the Enhanced Smiles "Teeth For Life" mission, we want to help your child get started on a proper program of dental care to give them a lifetime of healthy teeth.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child's newly-erupted teeth (erupting at 6-12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.

We offer comprehensive dental care for your child in a courteous, professional and gentle manner.

All of us at Enhanced Smiles understands the importance of making every child’s visit to the dentist a positive experience and enjoyable.

Children are not born with a fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown.

Our office makes a practice of using pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe your child's dental visit and treatment.

We want you to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our office.

Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack new teeth, so it's important that your child brushes their teeth after feeding or eating.

For optimal oral hygiene, we recommend brushing four times a day: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Brushing can be fun, and your child should start to brush as soon as the first tooth arrives.

As new teeth erupt, examine them every two weeks for lines or discoloration that could be caused by decay.

When a child's tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.

Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and we will discuss with you the right time to start flossing.

mom & child brushing teeth

Preventing Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid which can break down your teeth.

Tooth decay is preventable. Children are at higher risk for tooth decay for a simple reason - many children & teens tend to be lax in their oral hygiene habits.

Proper brushing & flossing routines combined with regular dental visits will help keep tooth decay away. A low-sugar diet also helps keep tooth decay at bay.

Your child should visit the dentist every 6 months for regular dental cleanings and checkups.

We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest.

Tooth sealants are also recommended because they "seal" the deep grooves in your child's teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your regular checkups.

tooth brushing

Brushing


Step 1 - Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gum.

Step 2 - Brush gently in a circular motion.

Step 3 - Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

Step 4 - Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

flossing teeth

Flossing


Step 1 - Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and as the floss is used, the other finger takes it up.

Step 2 - Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.

Step 3 - Holding the floss tightly, gently saw the floss between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.

Step 4 - Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth. If you notice signs of decay, contact your dentist immediately.

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