Brushing and flossing are not necessary for infants because teeth do not begin to emerge until about six months. That does not mean, however, that hygiene is unnecessary.
At Burman Dental, we recommend gently cleaning your baby’s gums with a soft damp cloth. When a tooth appears, we recommend that you continue to use the cloth to wipe the teeth, or choose a soft bristled toothbrush with a small head designed specifically for infants to carefully brush the tooth.
It is an ideal time to begin visiting the office for our team to educate you and to acquaint your child with our team, and develop familiarity with our office.
Regular dental care is just as important for children as it is for adults. There’s a common misconception that the baby teeth are less important than permanent teeth, because they are temporary. Although that is true, it is important to remember that your child will have these teeth for several years.
Cavities and other dental problems are just as painful and problematic for a child as they are for an adult. In addition, these teeth serve a vital function in your child’s oral development. They act as placeholders for the permanent teeth, which will emerge later. Keeping the baby teeth healthy and intact until they fall out naturally helps guide the growth of the jaw and the development of new teeth.
Preventive dental treatments, such as fluoride treatment or sealants, help avoid decay by strengthening and protecting the tooth enamel. Of course, we offer a full range of emergency and restorative services, if cavities, injury, or other dental problems should arise.
The teenage years are a time of transition in many ways, including oral health. Most people have fully developed adult teeth by the age of 16. Braces, if needed, are typically worn during the preteen and teen years.
Unfortunately, this can also be a time of dental neglect, which can lead to early oral health problems. Teenagers tend to snack frequently, drink acidic or sugary beverages, and neglect proper brushing and flossing techniques.
We work with both parents and teens to educate them about the importance of hygiene and oral health, and teach them why good habits, established now, can benefit their overall health and quality of life for years to come.