For the past 14 years, our dentists, Dr. Cameron and Dr. Travis Watson, have participated in the Cobb County Child Assist Program to provide free dental care for children in need.
Children’s oral health is important to us, and we know it’s important for you and your family as well. This is one of the reasons we put a strong emphasis on preventive care at our dentist office in Marietta, GA.
We want to be more than just the dentists who see your family; we want you to think of Atlanta West Dentistry as your family’s dentist.
We also want to remind you the February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. As part of this effort, the American Dental Association has a variety of resources available to help you and your children learn about oral health.
We want to do our part by providing routine care for you and your children as well as some information about what you can do at home to promote good dental habits.
Got Teeth? Then You Can Get Cavities
When your baby is born, his or her primary teeth or baby teeth are already there under the gumline. Before the first tooth erupts, however, you can help keep your baby’s mouth clean by wiping it with a moist cloth or a piece of gauze.
Around the time your baby is 6 months old, his or her first teeth will begin to emerge. During this time, it’s also OK to provide your child with a clean teething ring to chew. When this happens, it is an exciting time for everyone, but it also means your baby could potentially develop tooth decay.
To prevent that, you should start brushing your little one’s teeth. Using a child-sized toothbrush and a small dab of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice), you can gently scrub your baby’s teeth twice each day.
When your child has two teeth that touch one another, you can begin flossing daily as well.
The American Dental Association recommends bringing your child to the dentist about six months after his or her first tooth comes in.
Baby Teeth Are Here
By the time they turn 3 years old, most children have all 20 of their baby teeth.
Between the ages of 3 and 6, your child may be ready to start brushing his or her teeth without your help. Using a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized squeeze of toothpaste, your child should be brushing his or her teeth twice per day.
Even though he or she may be ready to brush without your help, it’s still a good idea to supervise. You don’t want your child to swallow the toothpaste, and you want to make sure he or she is brushing on all sides of the teeth.
You also want to make sure your child is brushing for two minutes each time he or she brushes. You can help your son or daughter do this with something as simple as an egg timer.
If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can also download one of the many apps available to encourage your children to brush. Some play songs and others reward your children with points each time he or she brushes and flosses.
Around age 7, your son or daughter will start losing baby teeth. In many cases, these teeth will gradually come loose by the time he or she turns 12.
This makes this a particularly important time for your child’s dental care. Dentists want to watch what is happening as baby teeth fall out and permanent teeth start to erupt.
We will watch for signs of alignment issues, and we may be able to resolve problems in the early stages, which could reduce the need or simplify the type of orthodontics that will be needed when your child becomes a teenager.
Your teen’s wisdom teeth may start to emerge as they get a little older. If needed, we can extract those teeth to save your son or daughter from any complications that could arise.
A few others things to keep in mind.
- If you child plays sports, he or she should wear an athletic mouthguard. We can make a custom-fitted mouthguard at our dentist office in Marietta, GA.
- Sealants can help protect against cavities. Kids don’t always eat as healthy as we would like, and a sealant adds another layer to your child’s teeth to keep bacteria out.
- Fluoride treatments can help strengthen the enamel of your child’s teeth, which also helps to ward off tooth decay.
We Hope To See Your Family Soon
We offer a range of dental services, but it starts with cleanings and examinations. Professional cleanings when combined with daily brushing and flossing of your children’s teeth is the best way to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
If you haven’t already scheduled your next dental appointment, call Atlanta West Dentistry at 770-744-4619 or fill out our online form.
New patients are welcome, too. Just print out and bring our new patient forms when you come.