Measures to Protect Your Child’s Dental Health

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There are so many things you can be doing to make sure that your child maintains a healthy smile.

Seeing your child grow is certainly an amazing experience. You get to enjoy their first tooth, their first steps, and their first words. children’s dental health. Of course, many first-time parents are unsure about the steps to take to keep their child’s developing smile healthy for life. Our family dentists at Valley View Dental serving the Romeoville, Naperville, and Montgomery, IL area offer up some tips for protecting your child’s teeth from cavities and other issues.

Practice Good Hygiene

When they are little it probably goes without saying that you will be brushing your child’s teeth for them until they able to do it themselves, typically at around six or seven years old. Just like you would as an adult, your child’s teeth need to be brushed twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

Opt for a child-size soft-bristled toothbrush and use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Make sure to get all surfaces of their teeth. If your little one’s smile already has two neighboring teeth then you’ll want to start flossing to remove plaque and food from between these teeth.

Consider Dental Sealants

If your child is at risk for developing cavities, the Romeoville, Naperville, and Montgomery, IL general dentists might recommend dental sealants to protect their back teeth from decay.

These tooth-colored coatings are painted over the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth to seal out decay from the many nooks and crannies found in back teeth. Since back teeth are more susceptible to decay, as they are often more challenging to brush, we often recommend that once children’s back teeth start to erupt that they get dental sealants.

Routine Dental Visits

One surefire way to make sure your child maintains a healthy smile is to visit us every six months for routine care. These routine visits are essential if you want your child to have healthy teeth and gums for life. During these visits, we can remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas and get your child’s smile perfectly clean.

We can also check for any dental issues like decay or gum disease before they become a serious problem. We can run x-rays to make sure that the bones are healthy and everything is developing properly. We can also determine whether orthodontic treatment might be a good option for your child.

Here at Valley View Dental serving the Romeoville, Naperville, and Montgomery, IL area, we take pride in providing patients of all ages with the dental care they deserve. Nothing is more important than a healthy smile. Don’t you agree???