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The unique dental needs of children

dds Las CollinasIt’s no secret that children need special care. As they grow, special care should be paid to their development. At the same time, children must be taught how to care for themselves. Learning to practice a healthy lifestyle is an important part of a child’s growth process.

Practicing proper dental care is also critical to a child’s development. As parents and caregivers, it is important to understand a child’s unique dental needs. Understanding what your child needs can help you to provide the care that they deserve. To reinforce these lessons, regular visits with your DDS in Las Colinas are recommended.

Fluoride is an important component of your child’s dental health, both as the teeth develop and after they erupt into the mouth. Even before the teeth are visible in the mouth, proper amounts of fluoride are necessary to build strong enamel. For most children, access to the municipal water supply provides enough fluoride for strong teeth. Your dentist may recommend fluoride supplements for children who do not have access to fluoridated water, such as well water.

After the teeth have erupted, a topical fluoride is helpful for preventing cavities. Fluoride found in toothpastes and mouth rinse are also effective for strengthening the surface of the enamel. Special care should be paid to prevent children from eating or swallowing these types of fluoridated products. Consuming excessive amounts of fluoride can be harmful to development of the permanent teeth.

Cavities are known to be one of the most common childhood diseases. Children should be taught to brush thoroughly after all meals and snacks. Regularly removing plaque and food particles can dramatically reduce the risk of decay in the primary and permanent teeth. Avoiding sugary snacks and drinks can also reduce the risk of decay. For children, this includes fruit juices, fruit snacks, and even milk products. For this reason, babies should never be put to bed with bottles of milk. Similarly, toddlers should be prevented from sipping beverages other than water for extended periods of time.

Childhood dental concerns like eruption patterns, the need for braces, and thumb-sucking can be confusing for parents and caregivers. Trust our experienced dentistry team for guidance and advice. Schedule your child’s appointment with us today.

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