We love kids as much as we love dentistry
The best care that we can provide our young patients is prevention. Since the best filling is no filling, our goal is to have a child reach adulthood with a cavity-free dentition.
At Clark Dental Group, we welcome parents to bring in their child as soon as their baby teeth erupt. We start early to familiarize the child to the dental environment, and to educate parents about fluoride, and children's development and hygiene needs.
Here are some important considerations:
THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY RECOMMENDS...
As your childrens teeth-erupt (between six to 12 months of age) its very important that they receive proper dental care, and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist by their first birthday.
DID YOU KNOW??
Your child's first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child's gums may feel tender and sore. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.
Throughout childhood primary teeth are shed at various times. Their permanent teeth begin erupting at age six, and continue until age 21. By the time they are adults they will have 28 permanent teeth, 32 including wisdom teeth.
ADOPTING HEALTHY ORAL HYGIENE HABITS
FACT: Dental disease (decay and infected teeth) is now the #1 disease of children in Washington State.
After your child's teeth begin to erupt, remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after eating. For optimal oral hygiene: we recommend brushing after breakfast, lunch, dinner, and at bedtime.
When a baby's tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Make brushing fun! Teach your child the importance of good oral hygiene, but don't forget to add an element of fun, as to instill healthy habits that will last a lifetime. For children younger than two, we recommend that you do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.
Flossing is also an important part of good oral hygiene practices, and our staff will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact us immediately.
YOU CAN PREVENT TOOTH DECAY WITH REGULAR CHECKUPS
Sugars that are left in your mouth and turn into an acid causing tooth decay. This can break down your teeth. 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. At Clark Dental, we recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest.