Preventative Dental Solutions for Children

Posted on December 4, 2020 by Gentle Dental Care Team

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One of the best things you can do for the health of your child is to help them establish a daily dental care routine. Teaching a child to brush and floss their teeth properly is crucial to their overall physical health.

If your child is old enough for a professional dental appointment, it is a great idea to start while they are young. Children are often scared or anxious the first few times they go to the dentist.

However, a pediatric dentist like the ones at Gentle Dental knows how to calm children and provide them with a painless and quick cleaning. Call us today to schedule your child’s first appointment!

Routine Cleaning

It is essential to keep in mind that the toothpaste and floss used by adults may not be appropriate for children. Ask your dentist for their recommendation about what dental products are most effective for children. 

Once you have found the right products, establishing a routine is the next step. It is essential to be patient and consistent with your child’s routine. They will eventually learn that this is an integral part of their day.

One of the easiest ways to teach them when to brush is to make it happen as soon as they are up and right before bed. If they can establish this type of routine, it will stick with them.

Flossing should wait until the child is a little older, as floss can present a choking hazard to young children. It is crucial to always set the example for your child by your teeth twice daily. If they see that mom and dad are doing it, they will eventually follow suit. 

Sealants

Some children are prone to more easily get cavities than others. If a child has deep teeth, there is more room for plaque and food to build-up. Therefore, it might be prudent to consider asking your child’s dentist about a sealant.

A dental sealant is a clear, fluid top-coat that goes over your child’s back teeth. It will protect these teeth from cavities and decay. The back teeth are frequently put to use when we chew our food.

If these teeth are deeper, then it is more likely a cavity will happen. For children, sealants are a safe and effective way to protect their teeth until they are old enough to complete a thorough routine themselves.

Mouth Guards

As children are growing, so are their teeth. At a young age, their teeth will remain relatively weak and prone to structural damage. If your child plays contact sports, they will be at risk for lacerations to the tongue, cheek, and lips. 

These injuries are preventable through the use of a mouthguard. Essentially, a mouthguard is a piece of hard plastic that is molded specifically to your child’s mouth. These items are also known to prevent concussions. 

A custom made mouthguard creates the optimum protection for your child’s mouth while the thinness of the piece allows for easy breathing.

If you would like information about custom mouthguards offered at Gentle Dental, give us a call today! 

Find the Best Solution at Gentle Dental!

Gentle Dental has been serving the Greater Houston area for many years. For more information about our services or locations, visit our website! You can also call (281) 855-1100 to speak with a friendly patient representative.