Posts Tagged ‘fluoride’

When will the tooth fairy visit?

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

lost-a-toothBaby teeth start falling out between the ages of five and seven years. Interestingly, they fall out in kind of the same order they came in: the two front teeth, upper or lower, usually are first to go, followed by their neighbors, then first molars, then canines (eyeteeth).  So, the tooth fairy won’t start visiting your home until your child is about five to seven years old, but it could be a little earlier or later than that, and that’s fine.

By the time your child is around 13 years old, all of her primary teeth will have been replaced by permanent teeth. To ensure that your child’s teeth are kept healthy and free of cavities, it’s important to start a brushing routine with water right from the get go. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that parents start a brushing routine when teeth first start to appear. When she is old enough to spit it out, you can start using toothpaste, but make it a small (pea-sized) amount of a non-fluoride brand. Toothpaste containing fluoride should not be used until your child is two years old, unless recommended by her dentist. Fluoride mouth rinses should not be given to children under the age of six. Flossing? Start flossing as soon as two teeth start to touch each other.

The ADA recommends that your baby be seen for her first dental visit within six months of the eruption of her first tooth and no later than her first birthday. Sound early to you? Well, the dentist will check the shape of your baby’s mouth, her teeth and gums, but also look for signs of damage caused by thumb sucking. He’ll decide if your tot might need fluoride supplementation earlier than age two, and he’ll set a schedule for regular dental care and visits. Starting healthy habits early will help protect her teeth for a lifetime.

When to start brushing your baby’s teeth

Friday, May 15th, 2009

brush-teeth_thmAs soon as you little one’s first tooth appears, start a brushing routine with water. Later, when she is old enough to spit it out, introduce toothpaste.  The American Dental Association recommends that parents start a brushing routine when teeth first start to appear.  When you use toothpaste, make it a small (pea-sized) amount of a non-fluoride brand.  Toothpaste containing fluoride should not be used until your child is two years old, unless recommended by her dentist.  Fluoride mouth rinses should not be given to children under the age of six.  Flossing?  Start flossing as soon as two teeth start to touch each other.

So when should you actually take her to the dentist?  The ADA recommends that your baby be seen for her first dental visit within six months of the eruption of her first tooth and no later than her first birthday.  Sound early to you?  Well, the dentist will check the shape of your baby’s mouth, her teeth and gums, but also look for signs of damage caused by thumb sucking, decide if your tot might need fluoride supplementation earlier than age two, and then he’ll set a schedule for regular dental care and visits.  Starting healthy habits early will help protect her teeth for a lifetime.

Healthy teeth – one, two or a mouthful

Friday, February 27th, 2009

baby-teethI’m just squeaking this in on time!  February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.   But any month is a good time to begin to teach your children the importance of taking care of their teeth. The American Dental Association  sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to promote the importance of good oral health beginning at a young age.  They have good info on their site as well as fun activity sheets for kids.

As tots, get your little ones used to a regular routine of cleaning their teeth.  It’s easiest to start when they are small with a couple of teeth.  Even if they just chew on the toothbrush, they will be starting a good habit which you can perfect over time.

It’s up to us at home to make sure our kids are brushing, flossing and having regular checkups. When my kids were young, I swore I wasn’t going to give them sugary drinks and junk food, only healthy stuff – so I gave them raisins.  Not such a great idea, unless they brush well right after eating them.  Those sticky little things are loaded with sugar!  Check out some healthy snacks.    Regular visits with the dentist can help you prevent problems in the future. Treatments like fluoride, sealants or even braces can help keep your kid’s teeth healthy and strong.