Our office regularly cares for the dental needs of children as young as three years old. However, if you notice that your child has a problem with her teeth or gums earlier, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment. You may also want to bring your little one to your dental checkup around age two to introduce her to the sights, sounds, and the friendly team in our Chaska dental office! We can’t wait to put your child on the path to a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth.
What To Expect At Your Child’s First Checkup
Your child's independent checkup at age three will involve a tooth-by-tooth inspection and a periodontal exam. The dentist will check for proper development, as well as tooth decay and other areas of concern. It is also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your child’s dental health.
Some questions to ask during this visit include:
- How often should I clean my child’s teeth?
- What toothpaste should we use? And what about floss?
- Could my child benefit from extra fluoride exposure?
- Are there any extra steps I can take to prevent cavities and infection in my child’s smile?
Make a list of any questions you have for your dentist so you don’t leave with any remaining doubts.
Prevention Is Crucial for Children
Prevention starts early. In fact, you should clean your baby’s gums before any teeth even erupt. Run a warm, wet washcloth over your child’s gums after each feeding to clean away any sugars leftover from formula or milk. When teeth erupt, begin brushing with a rice-sized bit of toothpaste. Begin using a pea sized amount by age three. As soon as teeth touch each other, add dental floss to the routine. Do not add a mouthrinse until you are sure your child can rinse.
As your child grows, she will need regular checkups and hygiene visits to ensure optimal oral health. Our team will also teach oral homecare techniques so to instill better brushing and flossing habits, with your help at first, then on his or her own. Your little one will have developed the dexterity to brush and floss by age six or seven, but that doesn’t mean some spots won’t be missed. Make sure you are monitoring your child’s dental hygiene habits until you are sure she is doing an excellent job, every single time.
Dental Fluoride Treatments
Children’s teeth are most vulnerable to cavities between ages six and 14. During this period, fluoride treatments provide extra prevention to protect the tooth enamel from decay.
Fluoride treatments performed at the end of each checkup and cleaning provide an extra dose of the enamel-strengthening mineral throughout childhood.
Developing Healthy Habits at Home
In addition to helping your child brush twice a day and floss daily, develop healthy eating habits for better oral health. Limit her soda pop intake, and help her understand the impact that sugar and sweet treats have on the teeth and gums. Limit candy consumption to the kitchen to reduce mindless snacking and to keep your little one from falling asleep with candy in her mouth -- a significant cause of tooth decay in young ones.
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment Today!
Let us help your children learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age. In some cases, we refer children to pedodontists, who are specialists in children's dentistry. We will help you make the best choices for your child's unique and precious personality.Schedule an appointment with the family dentist in Chaska today!