A healthy mouth starts with the first tooth. Our whole team enjoys giving your children the positive dental experience they deserve, setting them up for a life of healthy teeth.
Did you know that tooth decay (cavities) is the most common chronic disease for children in America? While this may be surprising, the good news is that tooth decay is completely preventable with regular checkups and a few simple habits.
Most adults regret not taking better care of their teeth as a child, which is why we take a family approach to dental care and are happy to see everyone of all ages. Kids who create good habits early and have regular dental cleanings go on to take much better care of their teeth throughout life.
We also know that managing a busy schedule for your kids can be tough, so here at Endres Dental Care in Burtonsville, MD, we have convenient extended hours in the evening and on Saturdays so that you don’t have to pull them out of school.
When should I take my child or baby to the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends that a child should have their first dental visit should occur no later than their first birthday. This serves two purposes. For one, the dentist can check to make sure there are no early signs of tooth decay and they can give important advice on how to avoid the most common causes of childhood tooth problems. The second purpose is for the child to get acclimated to the dental office at a young age so that they have positive experiences and prevent dental anxiety as they grow older.
When should I take my child to the orthodontist?
About 75% of children require orthodontic treatment. Luckily, we have an amazing orthodontist in our practice so you won’t need to go to a separate office. A simple (and no-charge) consultation with the orthodontist is recommended between the ages of 6-8 so that a long-term plan can be created. When orthodontic treatment is delayed until the late teens, bite imbalances and misalignment have already developed and fixing problems takes longer treatment times. Oftentimes, early treatment during the first growth spurt can help the child avoid lengthy treatment as a teenager and ends up less expensive in the long run.
What causes childhood cavities or tooth decay?
Sugar causes childhood cavities or tooth decay. Without sugar, your child will not get cavities. We understand that in today’s world it is impossible to completely eliminate sugar and we would never ask you too, our children eat plenty of sugary foods too. The important thing is to consistently brush sugar off of your teeth twice a day.
Sugary drinks (sports drinks, juice, soda) are by far the largest cause of rapid tooth decay and cavities. Sugary liquids get deep between the teeth and sit on your teeth longer than sugary foods. Most people just assume that fruit juices and sports drinks are healthy because they are marketed this way, but take a look at the nutrition facts and you will see just as much or even more sugar than many sodas.
To help prevent tooth decay and cavities for your children, simply monitor the amount of sugary drinks and foods that they consume. Sugary drinks or foods are just fine as a treat during meal times, but sipping sugary drinks or snacking on sugary foods all day long will create tooth decay problems.
How should I care for my baby’s teeth?
Caring for baby teeth begins as soon as they start to peek through. A baby’s first tooth will likely begin to show before their first birthday. Even a tiny piece of tooth peeking through can begin to develop a cavity so any part of tooth showing in their mouth is important to keep clean.
Toothbrushing should begin as soon as the first tooth appears. This may seem difficult at first but there are many specialty types of brushes available for infants. Also, the earlier toothbrushing habits are started, the more likely the child is to adapt quickly and to allow you to brush their teeth easily. Start with a soft-bristled brush and just water and ask your dentist when it is ok to start using a small amount of toothpaste.
Continue to brush your child’s teeth for them and to teach them good technique until they prove they are both capable and responsible enough to brush effectively on their own. For the first couple years after a child starts brushing on their own, we recommend you continue to monitor and make sure they are brushing effectively for a full 2 minutes to reach every tooth.
What are milk bottle cavities?
Milk bottle cavities are tooth decay in an infant’s teeth caused by being put to bed with a bottle or sippy cup. Most formulas have some amount of sugar and all fruit juices have high amounts of sugar. Often times parents will put their child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup for comfort. If the child is allowed to sip on sugary drinks like formula or juice all night long, the child’s teeth are being bathed in sugar for hours at a time and cavities will form very quickly. The simple solution is to either not allow the child to sleep with their bottle or to replace the drink with either water or plain milk.
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