Dental Health

Easy Tips to Help Keep Your Children’s Teeth Healthy

toronto-dentist-cherry-blossom-dentistry-slider1-baby-boyAt Cherry Blossom Dentistry we welcome and treat families
with children of all ages and encourage parents to become
involved in their children’s dental health. Our office accepts medicaid assistance if that is something that concerns you.The dental health
of a child is a key factor affecting general health and well-
being. Keeping your child’s mouth healthy and cavity free
starts from birth is very important for their growth process, if you ever need assistance, then consider going to Our Services | Durham Dental.

Here are some guidelines that you can apply at home with
your kids.

For infants and toddlers:

  • Wipe down baby’s gums and first teeth with a face cloth
    and water after each feeding.
  • By the age of 8-12 months, you can give them a brush
    to bite on and play with to start to introduce brushing.
  • With toddlers, encourage and help them with brushing
    using a fluoride-free toothpaste twice a day, once after
    breakfast and once before bed. This will help prevent
    cavities from developing.
  • For flossing, you can use floss aids with floss made for
    kids. Children’s teeth can be flossed as soon as two
    adjacent teeth touch each other. If you click here, you’ll get many more tips on how to prevent teeth from forming cavities.
  • Your child’s first dental visit for a check up should be once the first tooth is in. We will review home care with you and introduce ourselves to your child with a quick stress-free visit.
  • Children two years of age and older, that can rinse and spit successfully should always use a fluoride toothpaste, but limit it to a pea size drop in case some is swallowed.

As your babies grow up:

  • Parents and caregivers should regularly take them for check-ups to only reputed dentists like Mentone dentist and also spend some time watching over their kids’ tooth brushing abilities until they’re at least 8-years-old.
  • Twice daily brushing for 2 minutes and daily flossing should become routine. We encourage using 2-minute timers to help our young patients be successful.
  • Kids should use a soft toothbrush that is sized for their age to reach all areas of their mouth.
  • Remember to replace toothbrushes every three-four months or sooner if the bristles are worn out, or if your child has been sick.
  • It’s very important to visit your dentist regularly. A check up once a year and cleaning every 6 months is important for good oral health as small problems can be detected before they become bigger and painful. Prevention is key!

For all ages:

  • Avoid a diet high in natural or added sugars which may place your child at extra risk for tooth decay
  • Sticky food’s, like raisins and other dried fruit and candy are not easily washed away from your kid’s teeth so they have more cavity-causing potential. Reserve these treats for when kids can brush soon after.
  • A piece of hard cheese, such as cheddar, is the perfect snack for school lunches. It cuts cavity-causing acids produced after meals to protect teeth when brushing isn’t convenient.
  • Be a good example to your child. Good oral hygiene practices and routine dental visits with the whole family will keep everyone smiling. Visit https://www.thedentalspecialtycenter.com/locations/marlton-nj/ for more expert help and consultation.

For more information or to come in and take a tour of our office and visit our Kids Corner, please contact us at (416) 538-3384 or www.cherryblossomdentistry.ca. We look forward to adding your child to our Cavity Free Club.

(Published in The Neighbours of High Park Magazine, October 2015 issue)

A Fun Way to Learn about Teeth

Open WideIf teeth were students, what would their school day be like?  In Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller, 32 teeth learn about brushing and flossing, have a food fight, and get a visit from the tooth fairy.  Your youngster will have fun learning about their teeth, how to keep them healthy, and how their Dentist can help.

Reading about teeth and how to take care of them is very helpful, especially for a child who has never been to the dentist.  The more they know ahead of time, the more excited they will be for their first visit.

My recommendation is to bring your child for a check-up as early as when the first tooth appears, and the latest by the age of 2.  This sets up your child to have a positive view on dental care and something that is completely normal and part of their health.

Have fun reading and learning about your teeth with your little ones.  We look forward to seeing them in our office.

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Have a Tooth Friendly Halloween!

Here are 5 Tips given by your orthodontist to save your teeth and eat your candy too!

3D Dentistry Children's Teeth for Halloween1. Avoid hard candies, as they are most likely to promote tooth decay because they remain in the mouth for a long time.

2. Encourage children not to eat their candy until after Halloween so you can inspect and sort the treats.

3. Sticky candies should be avoided because they can damage dental work, such as fillings, braces and retainers. If you chew gum, use only sugar-free brands.

4. Eat candy only when you can brush your teeth immediately afterward. Do not include candy in school lunches or allow your children to eat them continuously throughout the day.

5. Always practice good oral hygiene. It is best to brush immediately after a meal. If you are not able to brush your teeth, rinse your mouth with water. Brushing before bedtime is particularly important.

Remember… Halloween is a fun holiday and you shouldn’t have to worry about things like tooth decay. By practicing good oral hygiene and using moderation, your kids can have a fun and safe Halloween and still enjoy the candy!

Dr. Lakshmi Jain

Tips for Brushing your Baby’s Teeth

3D Dentistry Toronto | Kids at DentistThe dental health of children is important for their general health and well being. Keeping your child’s mouth healthy and baby teeth cavity free starts from birth. For infants, the mouth should be wiped down with a face cloth and water after each feeding. By the age of 8-12 months, you can give them a brush to bite on and play with to start preparing them for tooth brushing. As they become toddlers, you should encourage and help with the brushing of your child’s teeth with a fluoride-free toothpaste twice a day, once after breakfast and again after their last meal before bed. This will help prevent cavities from developing. For flossing, you can use floss holders with floss made for kids.

Your child’s first visit to our office for a check up should be at the age of 6 months, where we will review these guidelines with you in more detail.