The health of your child’s teeth and gums is important for his future smile. As a parent, you may have questions regarding what is best for your child’s dental development.Your pediatric dentist can provide the answers to all of your questions, so check out these suggested topics for discussions to get you started:
When Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?
Your child should visit the dentist within six months of his first tooth or by age one, even if no teeth have erupted. This is so your dentist can begin monitoring your child’s dental health early and to give you care tips for your child’s unique needs.
How Do I Care for Baby Teeth?
Baby teeth should be cared for just like permanent teeth. Brush twice a day starting from the eruption of the first tooth, and floss once each day when adjacent teeth appear. Use a children’s toothbrush and talk to your dentist about whether toothpaste is needed.
Does My Child Need Fluoride?
If your area’s water supply is fluoridated, chances are your child will not need fluoride supplements if he drinks tap water. However, if you prefer to give your child bottled water or your community does not provide fluoridated water, additional fluoride supplements may be needed. Your pediatric dentist can determine whether supplementation is required for healthy adult teeth.
Will My Child Need Braces?
Your pediatric dentist can often evaluate your child’s teeth by about age seven to determine whether orthodontic care may be needed. Early orthodontic treatment in more severe cases can improve your child’s smile quickly for less treatment later on. If your child is likely to need braces, ask your dentist about your options to determine which is best for your child.
You can learn more about your child’s dental needs during your next appointment at Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry of Long Island. We have two convenient locations to serve you better with state-of-the-art services including sedation dentistry and laser dentistry for children. Check us out on the web or call (516) 798-1111 for more information about our practice.