Children’s Dental Care at Family Oral Health

Dr. Robert Gehrig, DMD has spent his career caring for the children in our area.  He served on the first Children’s Services Council Board and was its second President.  In his Fort Pierce dental office, Family Oral Health, many of his patients are little boys and girls, three and up.

Good lifetime habits begin when children are quite young, and brushing and flossing are healthy habits to start early.  Dudley the Dinosaur takes a trip down memory lane with his mother in this short ADA (American Dental Association) video.

Children should brush twice daily with a flouride toothpaste and floss once daily.  Like adults, this is the foundation for a healthy mouth.  When a child is too little to brush his or her teeth, you can take a clean, damp wash cloth and wipe the teeth after they’ve had a bottle and soft food.  This can remove any plaque build up which may have occurred.

Young children need help and guidance to make sure they are brushing and flossing correctly.  Some children may require supervision until they are 10 or 12 years of age.  After that, they usually want to have an attractive smile and fresh breath on their own and likely won’t need your help anymore.  🙂

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To protect your baby’s teeth, encourage the baby to finish his or her bottle, then take it away from them.  It is also important not to send your baby to bed with a bottle.  When children have tooth decay leading to removal of a baby tooth, it can create a situation where the permanent tooth below it begins to rise and this can crowd out other teeth causing them to come in crooked.  Obviously, this can cause a whole new spectrum of dental problems which can arise when teeth are improperly aligned.

Along with brushing and flossing, your children do need the see the dentist at least twice per year.  Should they have a cavity, the dentist can correct this and avoid other problems which can arise when cavities go untreated.  Sealants maybe recommended for your children’s teeth to protect from cavities.  Normally, these are put onto the back teeth to protect the chewing surface from decay.  Sealants are plastic and are applied in liquid form.  This plastic hardens and bonds to the teeth forming a protective barrier from cavity forming bacteria.

Always make a trip to the dentist a positive experience so children grow up feeling comfortable with dental visits and continue regular check ups all their lives.  Keeping your teeth for a lifetime really starts when your children are infants.


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