Children & Teen Dental of Florida believe it’s important not only to provide our guests with quality dentistry but also to provide the tools they need to continue great dental care at home. During each appointment, we spend time getting to know our young guests and connecting on a deeper level. By doing this, we are able to speak to them more on how quality dental care can fit into their lives and routines at home! By educating your kids on how to better care for their teeth and gums, you can rest assured that they are keeping their teeth cleaned in between dental appointments. We encourage residents of Lakeland, FL, and surrounding areas to book an appointment for their child at our office!
How to Properly Care for Teeth
Your child may be diligent about brushing and flossing, but if they do not know how to properly clean their teeth, they could still develop cavities or gum disease. Our team members will inspect your child’s teeth at each visit, and if we find any troubled areas, we will suggest strategies to help with the specific problem.
- Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently brush teeth along the gumline.
- Brush the interior and exterior sides of each tooth.
- Angle the brush to face the chewing surfaces of the teeth and brush, paying special attention to molars.
- Brush the tongue gently to germs and bacteria that cause bad breath.
- Floss between teeth at least once a day.
Importance of Six-Month Appointments
Your child should visit the dentist every six months so that our team can provide a professional cleaning and remove hard-to-reach plaque and tartar. By doing so, we can make sure that your child’s teeth are protected against decay and gum disease. Upon cleaning their teeth, we perform a thorough oral health exam, which allows us to identify any issues and resolve them before more serious problems occur.
Say ‘No’ to Tobacco
Both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco are filled with toxins that can damage your child’s teeth and gums. Using tobacco increases your child’s risk of getting oral cancer and is harmful to their overall health as well. If your child uses tobacco products, make sure that they check their mouth and lips for any red or white lumps, sores, or patches that do not heal within two weeks. They will also need to have any changes in their mouth closely monitored and inspected by the dentist for signs of oral cancer.
Preparing Your Child for a Healthy Future
As your child’s dental professionals, we want them to learn as much as possible about their oral health during each visit. Our goal is to set them up for success on their own but still be here to help them when they need us! A key part of our process at Children and Teen Dental is preparing them to care for their teeth from a young age. We look forward to sharing helpful tips and advice with your child when we are able so that their health improves with every visit. If you want your child to visit a dentist that makes sure they are taken care of both in and out of the office, schedule their appointment online today!