Why choose a pediatric dentist?
A child’s baby or primary teeth are of great importance. Baby teeth can help pave the way for secondary teeth, enhance speaking ability and chewing function. It is essential not to wait until your child experiences tooth ache to visit us. Visiting a dentist from an early age can help establish a good dental routine that can be followed throughout their lives.
When should I take my child to the dentist?
Dr. Candice Sullivan begins treating children as early as one year. This first appointment is complimentary, and your child will be observed for early signs of dental decay. We will also discuss preventive care topics such as nursing, fluoride, pacifier and thumb sucking, and proper tooth brushing techniques for your child.
Why is preventive dentistry important?
Preventive dental care is important throughout life, especially at a young age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home, your child can help keep her smile bright and healthy for many years to come. The goal for preventive dentistry is to help decrease the chances of tooth decay or cavities and detect any potential problems early on.
What is tooth decay?
Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down your teeth. Many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits.
How can I prevent tooth decay?
- Brush twice a daily, Brush after each meal and drink water if possible.
- Floss once a day, at night time preferably.
- Place sealants on permanent molars
- Have regular dental check-ups every 6 months
- Practice healthy eating habits
Habits to look out for
Too much sugar is not the only harmful habit that can cause tooth decay or cavities on children. Other habits include:
- Eating or drinking before bedtime
- Going to bed with a bottle of milk, juice or formula
- Frequent snacking
- Thumb sucking
- Often use of Bottles/Sippy cups with sugary drinks
Schedule a consultation
Call Sullivan Dental Center today at 225-635-4422 for more information on the best dental procedure for you.