At our practice, we aim to ensure that our guests not only receive exceptional care during their appointments but also leave our office with more knowledge and resources necessary for enhancing dental health based on their specific dental needs. Our job as specialists in pediatric dentistry is to make sure children have the means to succeed in their dental journey. By educating guests and parents, children are able to improve their oral health in between appointments.
We encourage residents of West Chester, PA to schedule an appointment for their child online today! Let our team of experts advance the dental health of your child and make sure you are both prepared to care for their increasing needs properly as they grow!
How to Properly Care for Teeth
We recommend that parents help with cleaning their child’s teeth until they reach the age of six years old. By supervising their dental routine, you can better assist them in making improvements and ensuring they are properly brushing and flossing. When your child first begins growing their teeth, they can be cleaned by being wiped with a damp washcloth between feedings. As more teeth begin erupting, you can use a smear of toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean their teeth.
As your child begins to take their oral care into their own hands, you can use the following information to guide them in establishing the best routine:
- Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently brush teeth along the gumline.
- Brush the interior and exterior sides of each tooth.
- Angle the brush to face the chewing surfaces of the teeth and brush, paying special attention to molars.
- Brush the tongue gently to germs and bacteria that cause bad breath.
- Floss between teeth at least once a day.
Importance of Six-Month Appointments
It’s important for children of all ages to visit the dentist every six months, even if they don’t seem to have a problem. Children can have an excellent cleaning routine and still have plaque or tartar build-up on their teeth. Our team members have the tools necessary to remove plaque and identify problem areas that need attention. During our guest’s six-month appointments, we will professionally clean their teeth and may utilize a digital x-ray to detect weakness in their enamel or development of adult teeth. By coming to the dentist every six months, your child can be kept ahead of any extreme issues requiring extensive treatment.
Say ‘No’ to Tobacco
Tobacco is one of the most harmful substances, not only for your child’s oral health but their overall health as well! Using tobacco in both cigarettes and smokeless form increases your child’s risk of getting oral cancer. If your child uses tobacco products, watch out for red or white patches, sores, or lumps that don’t heal within two weeks.
Any changes in their mouth should also be closely monitored by their dentist to detect oral cancer and provide treatment if needed. Surgery involving the removal of teeth may be necessary to treat oral cancer, as well as radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
Unparalleled Comprehensive Dentistry
As pediatric dentist’s we see it as our responsibility to educate parents on how to better care for their child’s teeth and gums. It is our goal to provide everything needed for top-notch dental health for our young guests! That includes our educational services! During each appointment, our experts take the time to answer questions and address concerns from parents. Our team will perform a thorough evaluation of your child’s teeth and gums to determine if your child needs additional care. If so, we will explain what may be causing the need for treatment and how treatment may benefit them.
As children grow older, we encourage them to take charge and learn more as well! Our team invites parents in or around West Chester, PA to book their child’s appointment online today, for comprehensive care like no other!