Toluca Lake Dentist Reviews the Basics of Dental Care for Children

Written by Dr. McKay on Mar 26, 2013

Our Toluca Lake dentist office treats both adult and pediatric patients. Over the years, we’ve realized that many parents have questions about pediatric dentistry—about home care and professional dental care for children. So today we’re going to talk about why pediatric dental care is so important, and how you can keep your children on the path to healthy teeth.

Pediatric dentistry should begin when your child is a baby. In the first year of your baby’s life you can clean their gum tissue with a wet washcloth to prevent gum problems. Your child should see a professional dentist before the age of one—these early dental appointments will give your dentist a chance to anticipate and promptly treat any oral problems.

You can also help your children develop healthy dental habits at home. When your child is able to hold a toothbrush, you can start to establish bedtime and morning dental routines. Help your child brush his or her teeth in small circular motions for at least two minutes. This obviously works to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy, and it also instills good dental habits that your child will carry on for years to come.

Your dentist can guide you and your child through the basics of pediatric dentistry. For example, some children require additional in-office dental fluoride treatments to strengthen their teeth. Pediatric dental visits allow your dentist to meet your child’s specific needs and reinforce the good dental hygiene habits that you practice at home!

Our Toluca Lake dentist office is here for your family—give us a call to learn more about family dentistry options. You can also schedule a consultation for you and your family to get an idea of how we can help your family, specifically. We look forward to seeing you!