As a parent, there are lots of things you do to help keep your kids safe and healthy. You make sure they buckle up when they’re in the car with you, and that they eat breakfast everyday before school. You make sure they wear a helmet to rider their bikes, brush their teeth before bed, and that they don’t eat bags full of candy before supper. But do you ever wonder what more you could and should be doing to help care for their smiles? If so, your family’s dentist can help advise you what other preventive steps you can take, to help make sure they enjoy healthy and beautiful smiles.
When does my baby need to visit the dentist?
One thing many parents don’t realize is that their babies require dental care even before their first tooth appears. That is because even babies are susceptible to oral health threats, such as baby bottle tooth decay. To help prevent this, make sure you never put your baby to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water, and gently wipe your baby’s gums clean, after feedings, with a soft, clean cloth.
Around the first birthday, you will also need to take your child for his or her first dental checkup and cleaning.
How can I help my kids prevent cavities?
To help your children avoid dental cavities, and other threats, make sure they are brushing their teeth thoroughly at least twice a day. This should take approximately two minutes. Using a timer can help young children develop good hygiene habits. They should also floss at least once a day.
Limiting how much sugar they consume can also help prevent cavities, since the bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars.
Call Our Dental Office in Norridge, IL, Today!
At our office, we believe that every patient deserves our complete and undivided attention every time they visit us. To us, customized dental care is about more than the treatment you receive, it also includes the time we take to get to know you personally. Your smile is unique, as are your dental health concerns, and we’ll strive to create a long-term dental care plan that’s tailored to your needs and goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Mischenko, call our dental office in Norridge, IL, today at 708-453-5320. We have flexible office hours, including evenings, and we always have someone available to answer the phone!
A healthy smile can mean improved overall health as well. We understand how your oral health connects to the rest of you, and strive to offer a variety of dental treatments. Working with our team, Dr. Mischenko can help you enjoy a more beautiful and healthy smile. Whether you need preventive, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry, we can offer a conservative and personalized approach to dental care.