Your Port Orange Kids Dentist

Preventing Cavities and Cracks

We all want our children to grow up to have beautiful smiles, as parents it is our responsibility to teach them proper oral hygiene. Let’s face it, brushing and flossing your teeth and taking care of your gums probably seems like one of the most boring things to a child. Unless you want to take time to brush and floss your kids teeth along with your own, for the next 18 years, you will want to know how to get them excited NOW about oral hygiene. Envision Dental, your Port Orange kids dentist wants to make sure your kids are well equipped to take care of their oral health. To avoid needing sealants on teeth, proper oral hygiene techniques are indispensable. Here we offer you some techniques for getting your children excited about taking care of their oral health.Port Orange Kids Dentist

Getting Your Child Excited About Brushing Their Teeth

    • Lead By Example – Brush your teeth at the same time as your child and make it fun! If you make it seem like it’s a boring chore your child will be less likely to participate. Show them and talk to them about the benefits of cleaning your teeth and having a healthy smile.
    • Invest in a Fun Toothbrush – Have your child choose a toothbrush that has their favorite character on it, is electric, or plays a silly song. Letting them choose a toothbrush that they are excited to use may just be the trick.
    • Tell a Story – Kids love stories, which is perfect for parents who are struggling with kids who are resistant to brushing their teeth. Make plaque the enemy and your child’s toothbrush the superhero! Sometimes reading a book to them about brushing their teeth can be helpful as well.
    • Make it a Game – What if after your child brushed their teeth for 30 straight days they won a prize? Making oral hygiene a game can be one of the best ways to get your children involved. Games can also be simple and without prizes. A simple “Who can brush their teeth longer,” might just be the ticket.
    • Encouragement – Praise your children for a job well done after they brush their teeth, especially when they do it for the full two minutes. Compliments and patience can go a long way with kids.

Tooth Sealants for Kids

If you still seem to be struggling with getting your child to brush, a kids dentist in Port Orange will be happy to help. Tooth sealants for your child may be an option that you will want to discuss with your dentist. Sometimes tooth sealants can be a great option for preventing cavities in children, especially if they are having a difficult time keeping to an oral hygiene regimen. Dental sealants are a plastic material that covers the surface of the tooth. Sealants are usually placed on the back molars where children have a harder time reaching. Before choosing sealants for child you will want to have a consultation with your Port Orange kids dentist to see if they are the best option for your child.Port Orange Kids Dentist

How do you know if your child is a good candidate for tooth sealants?

  • They have a difficult time reaching their back teeth when brushing or flossing.
  • Are prone to cavities, whether by genetics or by bad oral hygiene habits.
  • They have lost most of their baby teeth and their adult teeth have erupted.
  • Lack of access to dental care.

It is important to note that sealants can last for up to 10 years and need to be checked often by a Port Orange kids dentist. A cracked or worn down sealant can also cause tooth decay.

When it comes to your children’s oral care, not only do parents need to be aware of possible tooth decay and cavities, but a teetering toddler runs a high chance of getting a cracked tooth. If your child grinds their teeth at night this can also weaken and cause chips in teeth.Port Orange Kids Dentist

What you need to do when your child cracks or chips a tooth.

  • Inspect your child’s mouth for any bleeding and to see if the chipped tooth has lodged itself into the lips, tongue or gums. If there is bleeding, using pressure, hold a clean piece of gauze to the affected area for at least 10 minutes.
  • If you are able to, collect the tooth fragments and place them in a cup with milk or saliva. Your dentist should be able to reattach the pieces with a special glue.
  • Contact your Port Orange kids dentist as soon as possible. Sometimes when teeth break the nerve may be exposed and will require attention immediately.
  • Keep a cold cloth on the affected area to reduce swelling and if appropriate give your child an over the counter pain reliever to decrease pain and inflammation.

Keeping your children’s teeth healthy and strong will help to prevent them from getting cavities or  chipping a tooth. At Envision Dental we know accidents happen and you can’t always get your child to brush their teeth properly. If you would like to talk to your Port Orange kids dentist to see if tooth sealants would be a good preventative option for your child, don’t hesitate to set up a consultation today. Does your child have a chipped adult tooth that needs attention now? We are able to use our porcelain veneers to create a beautiful, more symmetrical smile for your child today.

 

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