Pediatric Dental Care: Starting Your Child Off on the Right Tooth

Quality dental care during childhood can plays not only an important roll on the health of a child’s teeth, but also their overall well-being throughout life. Establishing good dental habits from an early age lays the groundwork for healthy tooth development and general health. Visiting the dentist early, ideally around twelve months of age, ensures proper oral care and sets the stage for a lifetime of dental wellness.

Reasons for Early Dental Visits

  • Baby Teeth Importance:
    • Baby teeth serve as essential placeholders for adult teeth, supporting proper jaw and gum development.
    • Healthy baby teeth aid in speech development and contribute to a child’s self-esteem.
  • Anxiety Prevention:
    • Early dental visits help acclimate children to the dental environment, reducing the likelihood of dental anxiety later in life.
    • Introducing regular dental visits at a young age fosters a positive association with dental care.
  • Early Onset of Tooth Decay:
    • Tooth decay can occur soon after the eruption of the first tooth, affecting up to 40% of children before kindergarten.
    • Prompt dental visits allow for early detection and prevention of tooth decay, safeguarding dental health.
  • Early Intervention for Orthodontic Issues:
    • Addressing misaligned or crooked teeth early in childhood facilitates easier and more effective treatment.
    • Early orthodontic intervention during growth stages minimizes the need for extensive correction later in life.

Providing early dental care for children establishes crucial dental hygiene habits and addresses potential issues before they escalate. Starting dental visits as soon as the first tooth emerges ensures optimal oral health and sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles. For questions or appointments, contact us at [phone number]. Begin your child’s dental care journey early to ensure a lifetime of dental wellness and a beautiful smile.

 

Why Are Baby Teeth Important?

Why Are Baby Teeth Important?

Tiny, but important ― that’s how baby teeth are referred to, especially by dentists. While most parents would look at their babies’ tiny teeth and wonder what in the world they could be thinking about, dentists realize early on that these tiny teeth aren’t just for looking at cute smiles and giggles.

Taking good care of your baby’s teeth early on is crucial to their oral health now and for the rest of their lives. We’ve come up with several reasons why you want to keep your baby’s teeth in tip top shape.

  • These teeth are crucial to your child’s health and development. They help with the development of permanent teeth by saving space for them in the jaw. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift to the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in.
  • Baby teeth aid in speech development. Taking care of your child’s teeth will help them speak and communicate better.
  • They help your child maintain good nutrition by permitting him/her to chew properly.
  • Baby teeth help children feel good about themselves and their smile. It’s so important for children to feel confident from a young age and keeping their teeth healthy is imperative.

What happens if baby teeth aren’t taken care of?

Baby teeth can get cavities, just like adult teeth. In addition to the pain caused by cavities, they can also lead to dental infections. Tooth decay is a serious, infectious, and transmissible disease that can spread quickly and lead to infection. If a tooth needs to then get extracted, this can cause the teeth to drift, which may lead to overcrowding and difficulty for the adult teeth to grow in.

Be sure to visit a dentist within six months of your child’s first tooth appearing and definitely by the time they reach the one year mark. Our team will check for cavities and any other pediatric dental problem. We’ll also help show you and your child how to properly take care of their teeth. Give one of our offices a call today!

How to Teach Your Child the Value of Oral Hygiene

How to Teach Your Child the Value of Oral Hygiene

As a parent, it’s a very daunting task to teach your child the value of oral hygiene. It is especially difficult when they are in the preschool years and more likely to be distracted and uninterested in what you have to say. The key, according to dental instructor Elizabeth J. Hodges, who often lectures on this topic, is to make teaching fun for both parent and child.

This blog will discuss some ideas on how to keep your child interested in their oral health.

Why It Matters

Keeping good oral hygiene is so important as a child. As a parent, you probably know this, but how do you convince your child that it is important. When you maintain a clean mouth, you will have lesser chances of dental diseases and tooth loss. Good dental hygiene also plays a huge role for aesthetic reasons as it keeps your teeth looking polished and white and also reduces the chance of experiencing bad breath.

Habits to Teach

Regular Dental Checkups
It’s important to take your child to the dentist for regular checkups (at least every six months). This will help them get into the habit of seeing a dentist on a regular basis, which will help them even as they grow into adults.

Eating Healthy Foods
Eating healthy at a young age is so important for children. This will help them get into the habit of eating fruits and vegetables and actually enjoy them. Eating healthy is great for oral health and will keep their teeth stay in good condition

Brushing Twice a Day
Showing your child that it is important to brush their teeth twice a day is a great practice. You can even start this before your child actually starts teething. You can start by wiping their gums with a soft foam, and once they start to grow teeth, you can upgrade to a baby toothbrush. This will help your child to grow up with the familiarity of having their teeth brushed.

Flossing
Teaching your child at a young age that not only brushing, but also flossing your teeth is another great way to keep their mouth healthy. If this is difficult for you as a parent, you can have your dentist help show them at their regular checkup!

Lead By Example
Your child learns the most from you as their parent. Showing them how important oral hygiene is and practicing good oral hygiene is one of the best ways for them to learn. When you put both your child’s and your own dental hygiene as a top priority, your child will grow up understanding the importance of taking care of your teeth.

 

It is imperative to teach your child how to take care of their teeth at a young age. We’re always happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Call any of our three locations today and we can schedule an appointment.

Pediatric Dental Care

The Dentist of Siouxland at Lakeport

3434 S. Lakeport St.
Sioux City, IA 51106
View Map

Hours

Monday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Front Desk Only)

Phone

(712) 276-8391

Email Address

Lakeport@dentistofsiouxland.com

The Dentist of Siouxland at Hamilton

Hablamos Español

2930 Hamilton Blvd
STE 103, Building Upper F
Sioux City, IA 51104
View Map

Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone

(712) 255-1440

Email Address

Hamilton@dentistofsiouxland.com

The Dentist of Siouxland at Elk Point

109 E. Main Street
P.O. Box 368
Elk Point, SD 57025
View Map

Hours

Monday: 7:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: Closed

Phones answered during normal business hours any day Monday-Friday

Phone

(605) 356-2271

Email Address

elkpoint@dentistofsiouxland.com