To help you and your family maintain proper oral health, we have collected a few important questions that arise at our family dental clinic in New Lenox, Illinois.
At what age should my child first see the dentist?
We recommend that your children start coming to our dental clinic with you as soon as the first baby teeth erupt. This will enable your child to see what happens and become comfortable with our staff and dental equipment. They usually spend the majority of the time in the treasure chest.
What is the best toothpaste for my child to use?
Brushing your teeth is a great habit to start early in life. When you start looking for toothpaste for your child, choose one that has been recommended by the American Dental Association. Always remember that when brushing, children should spit out their toothpaste in order to avoid swallowing fluoride.
When is the best time to start with Invisalign or Orthodontics?
Most dentists are able to recognize a “bad bite” as soon as a child reaches age 2 or 3. If this is the case, some steps can be taken in order to lessen the need for major orthodontic treatment.
Actual orthodontic treatment typically starts when a child is ages 6 to 12. This is the best stage in a child’s life because hard and soft tissue in their mouth is very responsive to change. Of course, at any time in a person’s life orthodontics can be useful. Many adult patients at Atrium Family Dental have received Invisalign treatments at the same time as their children. Straight teeth are achievable at any age!
What causes tooth decay in children?
Children can be especially susceptible to tooth decay for the simple fact that they eat so much sugar. When sugary foods or snacks are consumed, they create acids that begin to breakdown the teeth and eventually cause an infection.
How are X-Rays taken, are they safe for my child?
X-ray dental photography is essential in oral health treatment. Not only do X-rays spot cavities, but they also check on erupting teeth, detect bone diseases and even plan orthodontic treatment.
At Atrium Family Dental in New Lenox, we utilize digital X-ray technology in order to keep children, teens and adults safe from radiation. In addition, a digital X-ray photo will typically only be taken once a year, to further reduce the risk of radiation.
Is thumb-sucking bad for my child?
Sucking on your thumb is perfectly natural for infants, but should stop by age 2 or 4. If your child continues thumb sucking it can cause a variety of dental problems. Crowded, crooked teeth or bite problems can arise from the duration, amount of time, intensity and position of the thumb being sucked.
In order to break this habit, you can try:
- Waiting until the right time
- Praising them when they stop
- Utilize a reward system
- Prevent the act (band aids)
How can I prevent cavities in kids?
Always promote proper oral health for your children! This should include brushing, flossing, regular dental checkups and a proper diet. People develop habits at an early age; start your children off with a healthy, beautiful smile by preventing future dental disease and cavities.
To learn more about family dentistry, or to book an appointment at Atrium Family Dental, please contact us today.