Your child should be naturally proud of his or her smile. It expresses joy, laughter, and fun! To make sure your child has a healthy and desirable smile, start early. Really early.
Dr. Lincoln Parker recommends that you bring your child in for their first dental visit soon after their first birthday. An early check is the first step in preventing issues and setting the stage for lifelong dental health. Dr. Parker will keep the visit short, but perform a thorough visual examination to make sure there are no concerns.
Dr. Parker will advise you on good dental procedures at home, such as correct brushing and flossing. You will also be guided regarding healthy eating choices and the impact of poor choices. It is especially vital to keep your toddler from eating sticky or hard candies that lodge in molars and spaces between teeth. It is also important to monitor the amount of juice they drink and keep it in a cup instead of a bottle.
Any time sugary foods or drinks are in contact with teeth, the enamel is weakened from the acid those substances contain. Prolonged exposure begins to wear the enamel away, setting the stage for cavities. Unlike broken bones that regenerate, once enamel is gone, it’s essentially gone, though fluoride can remineralize weakened enamel to a small degree.
Promoting a healthy, low sugar diet is always ideal for your toddler’s teeth. If your baby or toddler needs a bottle to calm down and go to sleep, make sure that the bottle contains only water.
Other essential habits are to brush and floss your teeth in front of your child. (If you have never been regular flossing – it’s time to start!) Let them see that it is a priority and a comfortable habit in your life. Brush their teeth with a soft bristled brush and a small amount of toothpaste. Let them try it, but always go over their teeth afterward, making sure each tooth is brushed. When finished, give them a cup of water to help rinse the toothpaste out.
Before coming to Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch, communicate with your child about the upcoming appointment and let them know that their teeth are going to be checked. Dr. Parker will help your child feel proud of their effort and help them have a pleasing visit, the first of many to come.
Call Dr. Parker at 949-429-0049 to schedule an appointment. Remember also to call any time between scheduled visits with any questions or concerns that might arise. We are devoted to your child’s lifelong dental health.
Dr. Parker serves many families in the Rancho Santa Margarita area with proficiency and compassion. Some of our patients come from Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, and San Juan Capistrano. At Hales Parker Dentistry, we love working with children and will help your child have a good experience learning to care for their teeth.
At Hales Parker Dentistry, each member of our friendly team is dedicated to making our youngest patients feel safe and comfortable. Our patients enjoy the friendly atmosphere while benefiting from our state-of-the-art technology.
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