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How Tending to a Toddler’s Teeth Can Be Child’s Play

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Are you giving your toddler’s teeth the attention that they demand and deserve? Kids have special dental needs at every age and stage. And healthy dental development is one of the most important. Toddlers should start having regular dental appointments at an affordable family dentistry practice or kids dentist by the age of two to detect any problems and help parents care for their teeth.

Arrival of Baby Teeth

Toddlers’ teeth arrive between the ages of six months and three years. Their emergence causes baby’s gums to be very tender, which can make them cranky. To soothe the soreness, pediatric dentists recommend rubbing the gums with your finger, as well as placing their teething rings in the freezer or applying a pain relief gel specially made for times of teething. If your child has a fever while teething, this can be a sign of some other problem, so contact your kids dentist or pediatrician immediately.

Tips for Proper Brushing

According to affordable family dentistry practices, parents should supervise their child’s brushing until they reach the age of six to ensure that kids are caring for teeth properly. Follow these brushing basics:

  • Select a soft-bristled, child-sized toothbrush and tilt the bristles toward the gumline.
  • Use only a pea-sized amount of a gentle fluoride toothpaste recommended by pediatric dentists.
  • Make sure your child doesn’t swallow the toothpaste.
  • Brush the inner surfaces of teeth where plaque tends to build up, then brush the outer surfaces of teeth, and brush the chewing surfaces of teeth last.

Stop Thumb Sucking

Even though it’s completely natural and normal, the habit of thumb sucking can disrupt the development of your child’s teeth. It can affect the growth of their jaw and mouth, along with the position of their teeth and bite if it continues long past the toddler stage. In addition, sucking on pacifiers after permanent teeth have emerged can have the same effects. These problematic behaviors can cause the need for extensive treatment by an affordable family dentistry practitioner. The solution to this problem is positive reinforcement. Instead of punishing your child, praise them for not sucking their thumb. You can also try treating the anxiety that’s causing the bad behavior, as well as make sucking a struggle by covering their thumb with a bandage or applying a bitter medication recommended by pediatric dentists.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Columbia, call Dental One Associates of Columbia today at (410) 346-2350 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Columbia. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Columbia, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Columbia.

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