The Importance Of An Early Dental Appointment
Getting your child started early with good oral hygiene and a regular checkup with their pediatric dentist is important for your child’s dental health and overall health. For parents who live in or work near Woodbury NY, As a dentist for children, Dr. Dayna Olstein, along with all the wonderful staff at Orange County Pedatric Dentistry make your child’s first dental experience pleasant by putting big smiles on little faces. She will will develop good oral hygiene and education for your child.
The first dental checkup
Traditional guidelines recommended that the first dental appointment occur around three years of age. What we have learned is that during this time oral health can be compromised by poor oral hygiene or improper feeding habits. The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first visit by age 1 or 6 months after the first tooth has erupted.
What to expect
Many parents in Woodbury NY have anxiety about the first dental check-up with dentist for children. At Orange County Pediatrics Dentistry, we treat children all day and pride ourselves on making it as smooth and fun a process as possible. The appointment usually starts with the dentist and assistant talking to you about your oral hygiene and nutritional routines at home. Our goal is to help provide you with the tools and information to help keep your child cavity-free.
We will show your child all of our tools that we will use and depending on their age and level of cooperation, we will clean and examine their teeth. To help strengthen the enamel of your child’s teeth, a fluoride varnish will be placed. Sometimes, it can be helpful to talk to your child about their upcoming dental appointment the week before. Practice with them in front of the mirror opening their mouth while you count their teeth.
Healthy Habits Between Visits
Brushing and Flossing
Children don’t have the necessary psychomotor skills to brush effectively until they are 7 years old. If a child can’t mop the floor without missing any spots then they are not ready to brush effectively. Flossing effectively occurs around 9 years of age. So twice a day spend time helping your child brush and floss.
Fluoride in Public Water
Fluoridation of public water sources is one of the most cost-effective public health measures of the 21st century. Ingested FI- is incorporated into the dentin and enamel of unerupted teeth, making them more resistant to acid demineralization.
Fluoride Tooth Recommendations
Any “ADA approved” toothpaste containing fluoride is fine. The concentration of fluoride in these toothpastes is generally 1000 parts per million. Although these toothpastes are great for teeth please keep them out of the reach of small children and put the toothpaste on the child’s teeth.
Good oral health starts with caring for your child’s teeth at an early age. We look forward to seeing you and your child soon. Contact us today.