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Babies and the Dentist — When and why?

When do we use Fluoride? Switch to fluoride when the kid is able to spit it out, usually around two or three. “Also, using a tiny smear on the toothbrush every morning or every night wouldn’t be harmful,” says Dr. Korie Acord.

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It may seem silly to take a baby to the dentist — they barely have any teeth — but it actually is necessary. Dr. Acord and Dr. Hansford agree that right around one year old — typically when they start getting teeth — is the best time visit a dentist. Often dentists will have the child lie back on a parent’s lap, take a quick look into her mouth to make sure everything is developing correctly, and do a quick clean with a baby toothbrush. It helps parents learn good oral care, flossing, and brushing habits for their children.

“Start early. If you wait until an emergency to take a kid to the dentist, the visit may not be as easy as it would have been if the child had started earlier.”

Dr. Korie Acord Derby City Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Will Engilman Braces, Braces, Braces

Dr. Kim Hansford Dr. Kim Hansford Kid’s Dentistree

Electric vs. Regular Brushes The winner is whatever will make them excited to brush their teeth! The easiest way is to try both.

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To pull or not to pull —

Braces + Sodas =

what to do with loose baby teeth

Disaster!

Should you pull them out? There are many factors involved in this decision, but parents need to think about the health of the wiggly tooth. According to Dr. Korie Acord, “if you leave them in there too long they can get food trapped and it can make their gums become inflamed, so it’s best to get them out when they get wiggly.” Dr. Kim Hansford encourages children to wiggle and work on their loose teeth at the rate that they are comfortable with. “If they keep them hanging on, the gums can get irritated and swollen, and it can cause them to avoid brushing those areas to avoid pain,” she says. “This causes more risk for plaque or cavities and the tooth can get icky.” Overall, since the child is the one who can feel how attached a tooth is, it is usually best for parents to let the child do all the wiggling and pulling of loose teeth.

According to Dr. Will Engilman, sodas are the worst for anyone who has braces; they can literally melt your teeth away over time. The acidity that is in the soda can destroy teeth, especially when paired with a poor brushing routine. Along with this, sodas can cause cavities, decalcification, and a number of other permanent teeth problems.

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2013

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