Dentistry for kids

Primary teeth, also known as “baby teeth”, have many purposes.

Baby teeth allow your child to chew food adequately; they help with speech, give your child a confident appearance, as well as save space for their permanent teeth to help guide them into the right place. It is surprising to most parents to find out that the health of their child’s baby teeth affects their permanent teeth. Although baby teeth do eventually fall out, it is important to keep them healthy and cavity free while they are still in your child’s mouth.

Parents often ask “What age should my child see the dentist?” The answer is around 6 months after their first tooth comes in, so usually around their first birthday. However, if you have any questions or concerns before your child is 1, Restore Dental is always happy to help!At Restore Dental we see all children ages 3 and under for FREE examinations and cleanings!

Fun facts & Helpful hints about your child’s oral health

1. Your baby’s beautiful gummy smile needs to be cleaned daily with a clean warm damp washcloth. Yes that’s right, even before a tooth comes in!
2. Once your baby’s teeth start to come in during the “teething phase”, they need to be brushed twice a day using only a soft bristled toothbrush and water. We know you are TIRED because teething is hard for baby and parents, so try to incorporate this into your bath time routine.
3. At age 2, you can start using toothpaste, but only about the size of a grain of rice is needed – bonus- that tube of toothpaste will last a good while! The reason for this small amount is that your child might not follow your directions to spit it out, and instead swallow it.
4. Research shows that children who get cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to get cavities in their permanent teeth.
5. Yes, your child’s teeth need to be flossed, but only if they are touching

6. Is your child in that “I’ll do it” phase? This is a great time to start building their confidence in taking care of their teeth. Restore Dental suggests that you allow your child to brush first and then a parent gets a turn!

Restore Dental loves working with kids of all ages!

We provide evaluation and treatment options including cleanings, x-rays, dental sealants, fillings and more!

If Dr. Thomas feels that your child would be better served by a pediatric dentist, she will refer you to one that she knows and trusts. After all, we want to make sure that you and your child have the most positive dental experience available.

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