DENTISTRY FOR CHILDREN
DRINK TAP WATER… If you have well water or filter your drinking water,
your child may not receive the benefit of fluoride which has been a
major factor in reducing the prevalence and severity of dental decay.
Other factors include improved oral hygiene, a diet with less refined
sugars and regular dental visits. If your child is not drinking
fluoridated water, your pediatrician or dentist may prescribe the necessary amount needed to protect your child.
Dr. Johnson will base her recommendations on your child’s decay risk and
whether or not they are receiving fluoride from other sources.
Too much fluoride for a child less than 6 years old can cause white spots on his/her front teeth called fluorosis.
Brush your child’s teeth as soon as they begin to appear at an early age. Do not use toothpaste with fluoride until your child is able to spit (up to 6 years old), and use only a “pea sized” amount.
On average, your baby will get his/her first tooth when 6 months old. Don’t be concerned if the first tooth arrives a little early or late. Begin with a very soft toothbrush or wash cloth.
The easiest way to brush your child’s teeth is by cradling his/her head
with your arms from behind. This way, you can steady him/her while
brushing and there’s less risk for injury. Lift the chin up, you’ll
have easier access and see better.
IT’S TIME FOR YOUR CHILD’S FIRST CHECK UP…
when his/her baby teeth are fully grown (erupted) OR if you think your child has a dental problem by observing anything suspicious inside the mouth. Your child will have 20 baby teeth by age 2-3 years old, and his/her first permanent molars arrive around 6 years old.
“HAPPY VISIT”…The first visit should be a happy one. We introduce the
squirt gun, Mr. Thirsty, the magic chair and tooth counter, among other
dental tools, sights or sounds. We “count” the teeth (with your child’s
help, if eager). Then we use our best judgment to decide whether to
proceed with “tooth scrubbing” and topical fluoride application to
complete his/her visit.
Many of us have had bad dental experiences in our past,
but your child may never have to. It is best to fill your child
with positive expectations. However, too much preparation can do more
harm than good. PLEASE, do not use the word hurt when describing a
It’s so easy to say, “The dentist won’t hurt,” but that
may instill unnecessary fears. It can really be fun here at Dr. Nancie’s!
True story: I once had a young patient who cried when her brother “got
to go to the dentist and she had to go to a birthday party!”
Call us for advice about your child…We’d be happy to help.
Dr. Nancie J. Johnson, D.D.S. (952)936-2206