February 2020 Homewood Dental Studio
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! So, today’s blog is a compilation of common questions involving children’s dental care.
● What age should children start seeing a dentist?
○ The American Dental Association recommends seeing a dentist within 6 months of the first primary (baby) tooth appearing and no later than a child’s 1st birthday.
● Why is treating decay in primary (baby) teeth important?
○ Primary teeth are space holders for permanent teeth so, if lost too soon, it could cause issues like crowding as the permanent teeth erupt. Additionally, it can be harmful to a child’s overall health, especially if the decay causes an infection.
● When do children start getting their permanent (adult) teeth?
○ Permanent teeth typically begin erupting around age 6. By age 21, usually all permanent teeth have erupted.
● How can a parent prevent tooth decay?
○ Avoid putting children to sleep with anything other than water in the bed-time bottle. Visiting a dentist will help teach proper brushing and flossing techniques. Also limiting foods with starches and sugars will help prevent decay.
● What is a dental sealant?
○ A preventative coating that helps protect the chewing surface of the back teeth. Sealants will typically be recommended as permanent teeth begin emerging.
● What can be done to protect children’s teeth during sporting events?
○ Plastic mouthguards help protect a child’s lips, teeth, and gums from injuries. A dentist can fabricate a custom mouthguard to ensure the best fit for the child.