4200 Columbia Rd, Martinez, GA 30907
706-868-1322

 

 

When it comes to children and their health, parents’ plates are full. From hearing tests to general check-ups to eye exams, keeping all of those appointments and the information that comes with them straight can be a hassle. Luckily, scheduling dental exams and receiving dental advice for your child with your Augusta, GA dentist is easy.Children

When should my child see the dentist? 
Children should see a dentist who specializes in children's care as soon as the first tooth comes through the gums, or by the age of 1. These early appointments are crucial in establishing the dentist as a fun and friendly place, and also a great way for parents to get advice about things like teething, caring for their children’s teeth once they come in and how to avoid bad habits.

How many times a year should my child go to the dentist? 
By the time they turn two, children should be seeing the dentist every six months. During these biannual visits, a series of milestones will happen. Around the age of 5, the first set of x-rays will be taken to ensure there are no hidden cavities in their teeth. When baby teeth start falling out and giving way to their permanent counterparts, a sealant may be recommended to prevent cavities. Around the age of 7, the dentist can see the way the mouth and teeth are growing, and may recommend an orthodontic evaluation.

How do I properly care for my child’s teeth? 
It is a common misconception that at-home dental care only starts with the first tooth. Instilling good dental habits from an early age ensures your child has good dental habits for life. 
Babies: While caring for an infant’s gums is different than caring for actual teeth, it is equally as important. Using a damp, soft cloth, parents should carefully wipe down the baby’s gums twice daily, especially after feeding and before bedtime.
Toddlers: Parents should start helping their children brush their teeth as soon as the first tooth is seen. Choose a toothbrush that has a handle large enough for your child to hold, soft bristles and a head small enough to fit inside of your child’s mouth and hit hard to reach places. Children and adults alike should brush for two full minutes. Use only a tiny amount (the size of a grain of rice) or no toothpaste at first, increasing to a pea-sized amount around the time the child turns 3. Consider singing a song as a “timer” or creating a game or story to make brushing fun and entertaining.

Dr. John D. Massey and the staff at Augusta Smile Care in Martinez, GA take great care in serving the Augusta area with compassionate, knowledgeable and friendly care. If you have questions about the best way to care for your child’s growing teeth, or would like to schedule an appointment, call 706-868-1322 today!

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