February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (continued)…
By drwilliam73004952, Feb 6 2017 06:30PM
3. “When should we expect changes from primary to permanent teeth?” Changes from Primary to Secondary (Succedaneous) teeth begin between ages 6-7 and continue through age 13 to14 and sometimes into the age of 15.
4. “What is the proper technique to brush and floss teeth?” For infants, use a dampened washcloth or gauze and rub gums gently. This helps the child get used to something in his/her mouth. No toothpaste is necessary. Baby bottle caries are a major problem with small children. Please do not put the baby to bed with a bottle of juice or milk. The sugary liquid pools in the mouth while the baby is sleeping and causes decay to spread like wild fire. Children between the ages of 1 and 3 (when they don’t chew on the toothbrush) should brush whatever tooth is visible with a Fluoride toothpaste but make sure to limit it to the size of a pea. Fluoride vitamin supplements are also a way to provide protection for your children’s teeth but should only be taken about 3 times a week. With Fluoride in most water systems and other sources of Fluoride available, it not necessary to take every day. Bring your child with you when you come to visit us. This develops a comfort level with the dentist. We can help instruct proper brushing technique while creating a positive first experience.
5. “What should we do about thumb sucking?” Thumb sucking can lead to orthodontic and orthopedic problems in the Secondary Dentition and bones of the face and jaw. We can provide help in preventing thumb sucking, and avoiding tooth positioning problems, with either a mouth guard, or an appliance that will minimize the damage associated with thumb sucking.