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Basics from a Kids Dentist on Babying a Toddler’s Teeth

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Toddlers’ teeth can be a touchy subject. This age is a time for learning good dental habits, but it can also be a painful period as kids deal with the troubles of teething. Toddlers need to start having regular dental visits by the age of two. This allow pediatric dentists to oversee the child’s dental development and help parents discover important ways to contribute to their care.

Don’t Kid Around with New Teeth

Toddler 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 teeth rings in the freezer or applying a pain relief gel specially made for times of teething. If your child has a fever while teething, since can be a sign of some other problem, so contact your physician immediately.

ABCs on 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:

  • Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Only use a pea-sized amount of a gentle fluoride toothpaste recommended by pediatric dentists.
  • Do not let the child your swallow the toothpaste.
  • First, brush the inner surfaces of teeth since plaque tends to build up in these areas.
  • Next, brush the outer surfaces of teeth.
  • Finally, brush the chewing surfaces of teeth
  • Always tilt brush bristles toward the gumline.

Rules on Thumb Sucking

The habit of thumb sucking can cause many problems during your toddler’s dental development. 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 bad behaviors can lead to the need for extensive treatment at an affordable family dentistry practice.

The solution to this sucking behavior is positive reinforcement. Praise the child for not sucking their thumb, instead of punishing when they do. 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 prescribed by your kids dentist.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in St. Clair Shores, call Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores today at (248) 850-1809 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in St. Clair Shores. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores, 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 Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores.

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