Miami Pediatric Dentistry Little One
Miami Pediatric Dentistry Little One
Your child’s oral health should be of top priority, starting as early as when they get that first baby or primary tooth, sometimes between six to eight months old. Baby teeth are extremely important in the development of speech, chewing, biting, and for maintaining, or holding, space for the adult, or permanent, teeth, coming in later. Also important is the effect baby teeth may have on your child’s appearance as he or she grows and develops. It is for these reasons that Dr. Dargham insists on the importance of educating you and your child on how to properly maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.
The Little One’s First Dental Visit:
In preparation for the big day it is important to make it a positive experience for your child. It should be a fun and exciting day for all, even for you!
Tips on how to make the first time a pleasant one include:
- Tell them Dr. Rita Dargham is very nice and cannot wait to meet them.
- Dr. Dargham will be counting their teeth. Ask them to guess how many they think they have… and then tell them they will find out at the visit.
- Read to them about teeth and about going to the dentist.
- Describe what Dr. Dargham will be doing at the time of the first visit.
- Talk to them about your positive dental experiences.
The first visit is typically very pleasant and requires very little treatment. You can expect the following to happen:
- Dr. Dargham will examine you little one’s mouth, teeth, gums, and jaws. X-rays may be taken as needed.
- Determine whether your little one has habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. If so, Dr. Dargham may recommend a visit with an orthodontist. It may be beneficial to fit the child with an appliance meant to eliminate this habit early on, thus promoting normal jaw development.
- Educate you and your little one about how to brush and keep that beautiful smile clean and healthy.
- Educate you and your little one about what to, and not, eat in trying to maintain a healthy dentition.
- If scheduled and appropriate, your little one may receive his or her first dental cleaning with our team hygienist.
- Recommend a treatment plan or regularly scheduled maintenance visits.
By the time your little one is two years old your child should have twenty baby teeth. Each child develops differently; do not be alarmed if the teeth come in a bit earlier, or later. This could be completely normal and in sync with your child’s developmental pattern. The first teeth to come in are usually the two bottom teeth. Next, you should see the upper four front teeth in place. The others will come in, over time, thereafter. The permanent teeth will begin to erupt around the age of six years old. Some replace baby teeth and some do not.
Dr. Dargham recommends the placement of sealants on the biting surfaces of your child’s permanent back teeth. These are thin, clear, or tooth colored, plastic coatings that are bonded on to protect these teeth from early cavities. They are considered a first line of defense against early childhood caries, or cavities.
Cavity prevention may take on various forms for children; however, the best way to address this concern is to properly brush, floss, and eat.
A diet rich in sugars and carbohydrates will increase the risk of cavities, as will a lack of, or ineffective, hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing regularly will decrease the incidence of decay. Make certain your child is able to chew effectively, especially when eating sugars. The longer the sugary substances remain on the teeth the easier it will be for them to get a cavity. Reduce the intake of sticky foods and snacks. Encourage your child to drink lots of water and rinse regularly after meals. Offer nutritious snacks, and brush, brush, brush!
And last, but not least, Dr. Dargham recommends a regular fluoride regimen, both at home and at our office. Adequate fluoride application is known to help protect the teeth against decay.
Please contact Dr. Dargham and her team to schedule your initial consultation. For your convenience, Dr. Dargham welcomes patients in one of two locations (Coconut Grove Dental Clinic and Biscayne Blvd. Dental Clinic), both located in the heart of Miami Dade County.
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