Education and information is essential in our efforts to provide our children with the proper dental care. It is important that we stay updated on the new technological innovations in the field of pediatric dentistry and that we are aware of the results of ongoing research. The American Dental Association for instance, has changed its recommendations concerning the use of fluoride toothpaste.
Up until about a year ago the ADA advised parents to avoid using a fluoridated dental product until their child was able to “spit and rinse” on his own. Recent statistics however, have shown a spike in the number of cavities among toddler age children, so much so as to influence a change in that conclusion. Today the Association recommends using a fluoridated toothpaste as soon as the baby teeth begin to emerge. Start with a tiny smear on baby’s first tooth and work up to a pea size dab by the time your child is say, three years old.
Most children are exposed to fluoride through their tap water but parents whose family gets their drinking water from an underground well may want to consider a supplemental source. Your pediatric dentist can prescribe an appropriate dosage.
The ADA along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a pediatric dentist by the age of one. An early evaluation is important to establish a foundation for future reference. It also is the perfect opportunity to document the dental history of other family members. If an older sibling for example, is known to be cavity prone it is likely that the brother or sister is also at high risk.
Brushing and flossing is the foundation for home care and getting off to a good start is crucial. Your pediatric hygienist will demonstrate techniques and provide product information based on professional experience. The sooner a complete plan for achieving and maintaining good oral health can get underway, the better.
View the educational videos and have your questions answered on the Epic Dentistry for Kids website epicdentistryforkids.com. Call the office @ 720-721-3600.