Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, CA
As a parent, you want to protect your children from harm. That also should include protecting their health and their oral health. Instilling proper hygiene habits and emphasizing dental care as early in life as possible sets up your child for a lifetime of good oral health. The American Dental Association recommends you start bringing your child in for regular check-ups with their family dentist in Agoura Hills by their first birthday or when the first permanent tooth emerges from the gum line—whichever happens first. Dr. Kathleen Carson at Integrative Dental Arts believes that patient education is key. That’s why she compiled this list of answers to some of the questions we receive most frequently from parents about pediatric dental care.
What’s the best way to clean my child’s teeth?
Size matters; remember a baby’s first teeth are going to be quite small, so use an age-appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste, preferably fluoride-free until they are old enough to know how to spit well. You can buy an infant-sized toothbrush, but you also can clean them by wiping down your baby’s gums with a warm washcloth, then brushing their teeth twice a day. Once your child is a toddler and has a full mouth of baby teeth, help your child brush their teeth. This should continue until around age seven or eight when the child has the cognitive abilities to do it themselves.
How can I help prevent my child from getting cavities?
Practice good oral hygiene at home by brushing your child’s teeth twice a day. But, avoid letting them have too much sugar, including juice. Never let your baby go to bed with a bottle containing anything other than water. Baby-bottle tooth decay can become rampant by allowing your child to sip on juice or milk throughout the day or when going to sleep. Also, remember to bring your child in for dental check-ups twice a year beginning around age one.
My children brush their teeth twice a day and don’t get cavities. Do they still need a dental appointment every six months?
Absolutely. Maintaining a regular schedule of routine check-ups probably is a major contributing factor to your child’s lack of dental problems. At each of these appointments, your child will have a dental cleaning, which is the only way to remove all the plaque and bacteria from their teeth. Dr. Carson also will examine the teeth and monitor the development of the teeth and jaws. Bringing your child to the dentist every six months as recommended also provides a good record of your child’s oral health and development, making it easier to identify possible problems because any drastic changes will be more apparent.
Dentist that provides care for kids in Agoura Hills
Finding the right dentist to care for your family—and especially your children—is a big decision. Integrative Dental Arts wants you to know you can trust us to provide the highest level of care for your child, from infancy all the way through adolescence. Our program of kids care includes cleanings, exams, X-rays, and preventive procedures such as sealants and fluoride treatments. To find out more or schedule a tour of our facility in Agoura Hills, call (818) 889-0400 today. We’re proud to serve patients of any age in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village in Southern California.