Facts About Your Child’s Oral Health from Your Cupertino Dentist

Some people believe that childhood oral health is not important because children lose their first set of teeth anyways. Despite this common misconception, your child should begin visiting the dentist in infancy. Did you know that childhood tooth decay is the number one infectious disease among our younger population? Many children in the United States do not receive adequate dental care. Children with tooth decay often suffer with speech problems, difficulty chewing and eating, and discomfort from toothaches.

Tips for Protecting Your Child’s Oral Health – start early

  • During pregnancy, eat a balanced diet and avoid certain medications. Your child’s teeth begin to develop in the second trimester. For example, some antibiotics may affect the development of your child’s tooth enamel.
  • Before your child’s first birthday, bring him or her to our dentist office so that we can examine your child’s mouth for any abnormalities.
  • After feedings, clean your child’s gums with a moist, clean washcloth.
  • When your child’s first tooth appears, begin brushing his or her teeth and gums with a small, soft bristled toothbrush.
  • Around the age of two, allow your child to brush his or her teeth with adult supervision. Use about a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
  • Between the ages of four and five, bring your child to the dentist for his or her first cleaning.

Dr. Randall LaFrom and our team love interacting with our younger patients. We provide a family-friendly environment where children can feel welcome. Bringing your child to the dentist also helps establish familiarity with our staff and reduces the likelihood for developing a fear of the dentist office. For questions or to schedule an appointment at our Cupertino dentist office, contact us at (408) 996-8595. We serve patients of all ages from Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Cupertino, and Santa Clara County.

~ by cupertinodentist on April 17, 2012.

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