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The ABCs of Children’s Dentistry: A Guide for Parents

added on: November 4, 2023

At My Rivertown Dentist, we see patients as early as their first year. This generally coincides with the eruption of their first tooth, which is an important milestone in a child’s oral health journey. Your children are invited and encouraged to tag along with you and their siblings, even if they don’t have an appointment themselves. This helps them to become accustomed to the sights, sounds, and friendly faces at My Rivertown Dentist — which can reduce stress and fear later on when it’s their turn.

Our holistic approach to children’s dentistry differs from traditional care by taking a wider angle lens to your child’s oral health. As kids begin to use their first set of teeth to explore new foods and embark on forming their first words, issues with the teeth, mouth, and even gums can hinder integral developmental markers. A whole-body approach prioritizes the child’s well-being and emphasizes proactive measures, such as sleeping patterns, diet, and lifestyle habits, that can be used to benefit them going forward.

Our Whole Body Health Approach to Dentistry 

Similar to adult patients, a child’s oral health can affect their entire body. That’s why a whole-body approach is a foundational piece of providing the most comprehensive care possible. Pediatric dentistry is all about prevention — which means keeping your kiddo’s smile free of cavities and ensuring that their teeth, gums, and jaw bones are developing as they should.

Parents should schedule their child’s first pediatric dental visit within six months of the first tooth erupting or by the time they turn a year old, whichever comes first. These early visits set the precedent for best practices when it comes to a young child’s oral health. Parents can discuss any concerns with Dr. Lee and learn how to effectively care for their child’s teeth, which can be easily overlooked when parents aren’t armed with education and the proper tools.

When teeth first begin to erupt, parents should brush their child’s baby teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water. Per the CDC, fluoride toothpaste should wait until the child is at least two years of age. During childhood, establishing good nutritional habits not only leads to healthier growth — it can help set the stage for healthy teeth as well. A balanced diet still has room for sweets, though it consumes them in moderation to limit the risk of tooth decay. Poor nutrition can weaken gum tissue and lead to lower energy levels and a diminished immune system.

Pediatric Dentistry in Madison

If you need a family dentist, My Rivertown Dentist invites you to schedule an appointment with our friendly office in Madison, IN. Dr. Ashley Lee has extensive experience putting even the smallest patients at ease. We strive to provide families with the convenience of scheduling back-to-back appointments and to create a relaxed and welcoming environment. Ask us about our comprehensive exams and how we can best establish a trusted relationship with you and your family.