A Healthy Mouth Starts At Home
Your family is the most important thing in your life. Every parent knows that children bring us joy that we never knew was possible.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we know this, too, and that’s why we have made family dentistry an important part of our practice. You want your children to be as healthy as possible.
This month also happens to be National Children’s Dental Health Month. This is a time each year that the American Dental Association makes a special effort to remind everyone about what we can do to help children prevent cavities and gum disease.
As part of that effort, we encourage you and your family to schedule your next routine cleaning at our dentist office. We have patients from Rochester Hills, Troy, and everywhere in between, and we are always happy to meet new families.
Once Your Kids Have Teeth, They Can Get Cavities
Before your infant’s first tooth erupts, you can take steps to keep his or her mouth healthy. Use a moist cloth or a piece of gauze to wipe your infant’s mouth after feedings.
When your infant gets his or her first tooth, your life will change, too. (When you got your first tooth, your parents knew it was a big deal, too.)
Unfortunately, your child’s first tooth is also the first chance for him or her to get tooth decay. You can help by gently scrubbing your child’s first teeth a couple times each day. All you need is a small toothbrush and a squeeze of toothpaste about the size of a piece of rice.
We encourage parents to bring their children to our office for their first visits around the age of 2. The main point of this visit is to help your child get used to our office.
We want this to be a fun experience for your little one. We will let him or her go for a ride on one of our exam chairs.
We have special glasses for our special guests. Each one also gets a balloon and a prize from our treasure chest.
Our goal is to keep your child smiling. We want every child to see our dentist office as a place where people care about him or her.
A Little More Independent
Your child will be ready to start brushing his or her own teeth some time between the ages of 3 and 6. He or she should use a squeeze of toothpaste about the size of a pea.
While your child may be ready to start doing some things on his or her own, it’s a good idea for you to supervise your little one while they brush and floss. You want to make sure your kids are not swallowing the toothpaste.
You also want to make sure they brush twice a day for two minutes each time. If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can download an app to help turn brushing into a game. A few examples are the Brush Time App by Aquafresh and Brush DJ. Both are available on the iTunes store (for Apple devices) and the Google Play store (for Android devices).
Not Babies Anymore
By the time your children turn 7, we hope they see visits to the dentist as a routine part of their preventive dental care.
This is a particularly important time because your children may start losing their baby teeth. We want to monitor how their adult teeth come in so we can take corrective action if needed.
As your children become teenagers, we may need to consider straightening their teeth. We offer a variety of treatments to help correct any alignment problems your teen may have.
Traditional metal braces remain the most common type of treatments that we offer, and there’s a reason for that. Braces work on every problem.
Some teens may prefer our ceramic braces, which more closely matches the color of their teeth.
Other teens may not need braces at all. They may be able to use ClearCorrect aligners instead. The clear, plastic aligners (which are similar to retainers) will push your teen’s teeth into a straighter position. He or she will just need to wear and change the aligners as directed to get the results he or she wants.
A Lifetime Of Oral Health Starts Now
We want all our patients, including your family, to keep their teeth as healthy as possible. That starts with good oral hygiene at home and routine care at our dentist office in Rochester Hills.