Children’s Dentistry in Plattsburgh
Your little one’s smile is so precious, and it won’t be a surprise to learn those small teeth have special needs. The basics of dental hygiene for children are the same as what you do for your own smile -- regular brushing, flossing, and preventive attention from the dentist. But there are a few special considerations to keep in mind, too. Your children’s dentist in Plattsburgh is at True North Dental Group!
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
We agree with the American Dental Association’s recommendation that children should have their first visit to the dentist around the time their first tooth erupts, with regular checkups and cleanings beginning no later than their first birthday. This visit is about more than checking for decay and infection -- it’s also your chance to ask any questions you may have about your child’s dental hygiene.
Some questions you may have at your little one’s first visit to the dentist include:
- How often should I clean my child’s mouth?
- Should I be brushing her teeth? If so, how?
- Concerns regarding baby bottle tooth decay
- Other special considerations
Infants and toddlers are at risk of a special condition known as baby bottle tooth decay. It occurs when the sugars present in formula, milk, and juice are allowed to linger on your child’s teeth for too long. Baby bottle tooth decay can be mild to severe -- and in the worst cases, it causes the total loss of children’s primary teeth. Prevent baby bottle tooth decay by cleaning your child’s mouth after each feeding and avoiding putting your baby to sleep with a bottle.
Special Concerns for Older Children
Your child will be able to brush their own teeth around the time they can tie their own shoes, or around age six. They'll still need a little help from you, so monitor their habits and assist as needed to make sure they are thoroughly cleaning their teeth. Kids are most vulnerable to cavities from age six to 14, so talk to your child about the importance of regular dental hygiene and good nutrition for healthy smiles.
Your child’s dentist can also provide dental sealants and fluoride treatments for extra help in cavity prevention. Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic applied directly to the chewing surface of the molars. Here, they act as shields to protect against the bacteria that causes cavities and decay. Fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel for extra protection.
We will also monitor your child’s mouth for any special orthodontic concerns as they get older. Many problems with the bite are best treated early, before the jaw has had time to fully form. If we do detect a problem such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite, your child’s dentist can recommend an excellent local orthodontist.
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment Today!
Your child’s dental health depends on you. Make sure they are receiving regular preventive care to help their smile stay healthy and whole for a lifetime to come! Contact True North Dental Group to schedule a visit with the family dentist in Plattsburgh today.