Tenafly Dentistry for Children

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A child’s first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable. Children are not born with a natural fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. Our office makes a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment.

We want you and your son or daughter to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our office. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is vital that your child’s newly erupted teeth (which emerge between six and 12 months of age) receive suitable dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.

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Your little one’s primary or baby teeth will begin to appear between the ages of six and 12 months, and continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, the child’s gums may feel tender and sore.

To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your son or daughter has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.

Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin to appear at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth — 32, including wisdom teeth.

Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

As your youngster’s teeth appear, be sure to examine them every two weeks, and inspect for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your daughter or son brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby’s tooth erupts, parents should brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by our office or other another healthcare professional. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.

Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and Dr. Julia or Dr. Jerry will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact us immediately.

Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups

Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.

Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest.

Tooth sealants are also recommended because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, and prevent decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your child’s regular checkups.

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