Parents usually provide oral hygiene care until their child is old enough to take responsibility for their daily dental health routine of brushing and flossing. A proper routine of preventive home care is important from the day your child is born.
- Clean your infant’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.
- As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water. If you are considering using toothpaste before your child’s second birthday, ask your dentist first.
- To avoid baby bottle tooth decay and teeth misalignment due to sucking, try to wean your child off of the breast and bottle by one year of age, and monitor excessive sucking of pacifiers, fingers and thumbs. Never give your child a bottle of milk, juice or sweetened liquid as a pacifier at nap time or bedtime.
- Help a young child brush at night, the most important time to brush, due to lower salivary flow and higher susceptibility to cavities. Perhaps let the child brush their teeth first to build self-confidence, then the parent can follow up to ensure that all plaque is removed. Usually by age 5 or so, the child can learn to brush his or her own teeth with proper parental instruction.
- The best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by good example. Allowing your child to watch you brush your teeth teaches the importance of good oral hygiene.
In addition, preventative routine dental checkups ensure your child has healthy teeth and gums. Don’t wait. Schedule your child’s next pediatric dental visit with Dr. David Lunt DDS in Northridge, CA 818-885-7230 or www.davidluntdds.com.
You should take your child to the dentist after the first tooth makes an appearance. Dr. David Lunt DDS of Northridge, CA recommends taking them to the dentist at this stage of their life helps to prevent future problems of tooth decay. It also aids the parents in learning how to properly clean their child’s teeth. Your child will get an early start getting acclimated to going to the dentist which reduces anxiety and fear in the future.
What will happen on the first visit?
Most first visits are ways to get acquainted with your child and get your child use to going to the dentist. This is due to some children needing time to get acclimated. If the child is compliant, the first session often lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and may include the following, depending on age:
- A gentle but thorough examination of the teeth, jaw, bite, gums and oral tissues to monitor growth and development and observe any problem areas
- If indicated, a gentle cleaning, which includes polishing teeth and removing any plaque, tartar buildup or stains
- A demonstration on proper home cleaning
- Assessment of the need for fluoride
The dentist should be able to answer any questions you have and try to make you and your child feel comfortable throughout the visit. Pediatric dentistry provides for a relaxed, non-threatening environment for your child. Your child will need to see the dentist every 6 months.
Contact Dr. Lunt to schedule your child’s first or next dental appointment. Office: 818-885-7230 or www.davidluntdds.com.
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How do they work?
Implant snaps are placed. The denture is then anchored to the implant snaps. This creates a more stable and comfortable fit. Two or more implants snaps can be used. The more implant snaps used, the more stable the dentures become.
What are the advantages?
- No adhesives
- Easier to chew
- More comfortable than traditional dentures
- Improved speech
- Visual appearance
- Reduced bone loss common with traditional dentures
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