What about flossing? Flossing is also important, even for little teeth. Plus, it’s necessary if adjacent tooth surfaces cannot be cleaned with a brush. However, if your child’s teeth are still widely spaced, they might not need flossing.
You can keep your child’s risk factor of dental decay low by limiting eating and drinking just to mealtimes. You can also encourage your child to eat healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, or dairy instead of chips, crackers, or sweets.
Bring your child in to see us frequently for dental examinations. If your child does have a cavity, it is easily treatable if we detect it early enough.
We also provide safe sedation dentistry options for your children. You can learn more about our conscious and IV sedation options on our sedation dentistry page.
Most children don’t lose all of their baby teeth until they are twelve. How your child cares for their baby teeth will affect how they care for their adult teeth. Children who learn good oral hygiene habits early are more likely to maintain those habits later and are less likely to develop dental problems.
Furthermore, baby teeth maintain space for incoming permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is lost too early, it could affect the spacing of your child’s permanent teeth underneath the gumline. Even worse, decay in baby teeth can lead to infections or abscesses that could spread to the surrounding tissues.
See our Pediatric Dental Emergencies Guide for more details on what to do in some emergency situations.
We are happy to answer any other questions you may have. Call us today to schedule your appointment.