Is your kiddo the light of your eyes? Remember that first pregnancy test that was positive? And then giving birth to this little child that was so small you didn’t know how to care for....? And then they grow.....a lot faster than we want them to.....and they have teeth, another thing we need to push them to heed for.
Here are a few tips to help with your push:
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that children should see a dentist when they get their first tooth and not later than 1 year of age. In contrast, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, unless your child has risk factors for having problems with their teeth, such as other family members with a lot of cavities, sleeping with a Sippy cup or bottle, teeth staining, thumb sucking, etc., the first visit to the dentist should be by around the third birthday. Your judgment here!
Careful with sipping and Sippy cups:
- What type of training cup you choose
- What goes in the cup?
- How frequently your child sips from it
- Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals. Saliva increases during meals and neutralizes the acid production.
- Limit snacks to nutritious foods.
- Chewing sugarless gum after eating increases the saliva flow
- Choose low fat milk or water as a drink instead of soft drinks or fruity ones.
And then they grow again and start to play sports. Many experts recommend that a mouth guard be worn for any recreational activity that poses a risk of injury to the mouth.
And then they grow AGAIN and they start smoking. Tobacco’s negative effects on the body, particularly on the mouth, are well documented. They become at risk for gum disease and oral cancer. Or they chew it, which is worse because chewing tobacco contains at least 28 known cancer –causing chemicals. Get help by talking to us about the smoking cessation program we have in place.
And oral piercing is in vogue! A lot of negative effects with that:
- Excessive drooling, you wouldn’t want to see that on your girlfriend or boyfriend, would you?
- Infection, pain, swelling
- Chipped and cracked teeth
- Injuries to the gum
- Nerve damage
And by this time, they mature enough, hopefully, to care for themselves!
February we celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month! We would like to make this month special, because our kids are special! This is what we will do: Dunes Dental Services would like to WELCOME all new patients 16 years and younger with a COMPLIMENTARY (FREE) New Patient Examination, including x-rays and routine cleaning during the month of February 2013. Please call Dunes Dental Services @843-215-2140 for details and to schedule an appointment.