Parents often wonder if they are doing all that they should do to take care of their children’s teeth. The truth is that good oral care should begin from day one. Ensuring that your children have healthy smiles well into adulthood is comprehensive. It requires establishing healthy eating habits, emphasizing the importance of good dental health, and teaching proper oral care techniques in addition to pediatric dentistry. Texas City, TX, dentist Dr. Stephen C. Hale provides answers to parent’s frequently asked questions below.

When should my children begin pediatric dentistry visits?
Dental visits are typically recommended by the first birthday or the emergence of the first tooth. Introducing your children to pediatric dentistry early in life allows them to:
  • Avoid fear of the dentist or dental tools
  • Learn proper habits right from the start
  • Identify and treat any issues before they have long-term negative impact 
  • Protect their teeth from cavities and preserve healthy gums
When should my children begin brushing their teeth?
Even before your baby’s teeth emerge, you should begin wiping the gums with a clean damp washcloth to remove bacteria. Once the teeth emerge, brush them with an infant toothbrush with water and a small amount of toothpaste. You can start flossing when the teeth grow in enough to touch. 

How can I help my children to prevent cavities?
Cavities
are the result of bacteria and food. When they are left on the teeth or if plaque is allowed to build up, without being brushed away, cavities may develop. The best ways to avoid decay include:
  • Practice healthy oral care habits with your children
  • Schedule regular pediatric dentistry visits
  • Consider preventive treatments, like fluoride and sealants
  • Help them learn what foods to avoid to maintain healthy teeth and gums
Will my children need braces?
Orthodontic treatments can be started at a younger age.  Many children find having braces more difficult in later teen years, and in some cases, early treatment may not require as much time.

You and your children may benefit from a consultation to learn more about pediatric dentistry in Texas City, TX. Call our office to schedule a one-on-one visit with Dr. Stephen C. Hale. Dr. Hale offers a wide range of services to improve smiles of all ages.