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Dental Care for Childern

Interesting Facts About Your Child's Teeth

  • Your child's first dental visit should occur by one and a half years of age. If all is okay, the child does not need to be examined again until they are two and a half or three and a half years of age.
  • If proper care is taken, your child should not need a filling in his/her teeth.
  • At bath time, use a wet wash cloth to clean your infant's gum pads. Children's teeth should be cleaned as soon as they erupt into the mouth.  Use a wet wash cloth or a small, soft child-size toothbrush. Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste beginning after age three. 
  • Always examine your child's teeth for color changes, to watch as new teeth erupt, and to keep them clean.
  • Plaque is a sticky film that grows on teeth in which bacteria breed. These bacteria take about 24 hours to mature enough to make acid. This acid causes cavities and makes the gums bleed.
  • Children cannot adequately brush their own teeth until about eight years of age. They do not have the hand-wrist coordination to clean all surfaces of their teeth. An adult should go over the child's teeth after the child has attempted brushing (at least once every 24 hours). 
  • Our office recommends disclosing solutions, as disclosing plaque enables older children to brush more thoroughly.
  • Spacing between primary (baby) teeth is normal. Once-a-day flossing is required for teeth with no space between them. Use waxed floss in a floss holder (which can be obtained from our office).
  • No matter what is inside, a child should never be left in their crib with a bottle while napping or at bedtime. They should also never be allowed to walk around with a bottle in their mouth. This practice will cause severe decay or shifting of the baby teeth.
  • Some medications, such as amoxicillin, may temporarily stain the primary teeth. The stain is easily removed with light polishing by the dentist.
  • Permanent teeth are darker in color (have more yellow) than primary teeth. They are denser and made to last a lifetime.
  • Fluoride in the water supply decreases the chance of your child getting cavities by 60%. Your child should drink tap water to receive this benefit. If there is no fluoride in your water supply, request a prescription from your child's dentist or physician. If you are unsure if your water has fluoridation, test kits are available at our office.
  • If a child knocks a tooth completely out of his/her mouth, gently wipe or rinse the tooth and place it back in the socket. If this occurs within 20 minutes, the tooth is likely to reimplant.  This is more likely for permanent teeth than for primary teeth.
  • If your children hits, fractures, or moves (resulting from trauma) a tooth, call your dentist immediately.

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(415) 388-6100

10 Willow Street, Suite 6
     Mill Valley, CA 94941

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