Dental Milestones for Our Smaller Patients
- Posted on: Aug 30 2018
Dr. Brown and Dr. Vaughn, along with the rest of our Implant Dentistry of Florida team, treat lots of Melbourne kids. We actually have a few families where we are caring for three generations of teeth. So, we have extensive experience with children’s teeth and how to keep them their healthiest.
Along those lines, it’s important for parents to keep an eye on their children’s teeth. Here are some milestones that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends monitoring when it comes to your kids’ teeth.
Baby Teeth Eruption
Tooth eruption is an important time for your child. Even before they erupt, the primary (baby) teeth are completing their formation in your infant’s jaw. According to the ADA, dental care should begin as soon as the first tooth erupts with a trip to see us at Implant Dentistry. And don’t think baby teeth don’t matter and don’t merit attention. Their job is critically important — to hold space for the permanent teeth.
Protecting Baby Teeth
Once the baby teeth are in, they need to be protected to keep them in. Seeing us regularly allows us to keep track of the development of the baby teeth, including any abnormalities or early problems. This is what you need to keep an eye on:
- Brushing and flossing (yes, flossing)— Start your kids down the path of good home hygiene and they’ll practice it their entire life. Bad hygiene = a lifetime of dental problems and procedures.
- Thumb sucking/pacifier sucking— This can’t go on forever. Usually before they enter preschool kids should be ditching the thumb or pacifier. We can tell you if your child’s continued thumb sucking is causing alignment problems.
- Nutrition, bottle use— Bottles in the crib with sugary juices are a no-no. Your baby can fall asleep with the bottle in his mouth, complete with its sugary contents.
- Fluoride treatments— We provide fluoride varnishes and dental sealants for his younger patients to help protect their teeth.
Adolescent Dental Milestones
As your kids enter their teenage years, you need to keep monitoring their home hygiene. Teens can be notoriously lackadaisical about the quality of their home oral care. That could be why many a teen has pretty bad breath most of the time (although part of that is also due to hormones). Teens and braces go together in many cases. We provide Invisalign for mild to moderate orthodontic needs.
And then comes the final rite of teenage passage — wisdom teeth extraction. Virtually all wisdom teeth will need to be removed. This third set of molars is a leftover of our caveman past and there just isn’t room in the modern human mouth for these extra four teeth. We will track their progress on x-rays, and tell you when it’s time to see an oral surgeon.
Schedule a Consultation
The most important thing you can do for the health of your children’s teeth is to book your twice-yearly professional exams and cleanings with the team at Implant Dentistry of Florida. Contact us today at (321) 372-7700 to make your appointment.