Dentistry for Kids
San Francisco, CA
Teaching a child good dental habits is very important, as it could save them a lot of pain and problems further down the line. Proper brushing may seem like another task to add to the already overbearing weight of being a parent, but children can often be more liable to have oral complications than adults, as their teeth are still developing. At San Francisco Dental Arts, we’re here to help you every step of the way with your child’s dental development.
There are many little things you can do as a parent to make sure your child is maintaining their oral health. Your child will develop their first milk tooth around the age of six months, and by the time they’re one, the majority of their milk teeth will be developing.
Fluoride toothpaste is important to use as it helps prevent/control tooth decay. You must start brushing their teeth when they first develop a tooth. Just like for adults, brushing is for two minutes, twice a day, regardless of age. Children’s toothpaste should have 1,000ppm of fluoride to ensure their enamel is properly protected. We want to avoid dental fillings by educating our patients.
When your child is a little older, it is important to instruct them on the proper way to brush their teeth. If you’re unsure yourself, schedule an exam, and we will be able to advise you. It is good if your child has a mirror in front of them, so they can monitor their own brushing technique.
Supervising their teeth brushing is advised at young ages, as the use of proper brushing techniques will ensure good oral health. It is good practice to keep them stationary in the bathroom, as running or walking with a toothbrush can be very dangerous for children.
It is also important to tell your child not to rinse their mouth after brushing, as rinsing will decrease the effectiveness of the fluoride in the toothpaste, used to protect their tooth’s enamel. It is advised that starting around the age of 12, your child should also floss.
We also recommend scheduling a routine dental cleaning, to help ensure oral hygiene.
When to Visit Us With Your Child
You should take your child to us when their first milk teeth begin to show. The doctor can check if the child’s teeth are developing as normal. From there on, regular six monthly appointments will ensure their tooth development continues in a healthy manner.
If they begin to feel any pain, or experience anything abnormal, such as swollen or bleeding gums, they should visit us immediately.
We can also advise you on how to develop good dental habits in your child and how to ensure they’re brushing properly. Often, making the two minutes of teeth brushing fun can help ensure they maintain good oral health. An egg timer, or a two minute song, is an effective way for the child to not see brushing their teeth as a chore.
San Francisco Dental Arts understands how hard every parent works, and knows it isn’t always easy balancing a child’s development. If any issues arise with your child’s oral health, or there’s any uncertainty over the correct techniques for flossing or brushing teeth, please contact us. For more information on your child’s oral health, contact us at 415-854-9396.