Dental Care Tips for Kids with Dr. Will Sensenbrenner, DMD

Dental Care Tips for Kids with Dr. Will Sensenbrenner, DMD

Do you have a "dental home?"
Dental Care Tips for Kids of All Ages
Infants/Babies:
ADA recommends that kids should see a dentist by age 1 or as soon as 1st tooth erupts
Wipe gums, roof of mouth, and tongue with a soft, wet washcloth at least 2x day
Begin brushing with child-size, very soft toothbrush when 1st tooth erupts
Use a smear of toothpaste with fluoride and ADA Seal of Approval
Never put your baby to bed with a bottle or pacifier

Toddlers:
Parents need to help them brush, since they do not have the manual dexterity to brush effectively on their own
Stand Firm on Oral Hygiene….it's not a choice
Find a brush that is soft, has a small head and large handle. It should say "child-size."
Get a new brush every 2-3 months or when bristles are frayed
Use toothpaste with ADA Seal, has fluoride, and a flavor they like!
Use a mouthwash with Fluoride (ACT mouthrinse)
Start flossing around age 4, particularly if teeth are in close contact
Limit fruit juice (4 oz per day) and control the sippy cup
Even milk has many natural sugars

Kids:
Parents please continue to help them brush.
Typically they can brush on their own when they can tie their shoes or write in cursive
They should be flossing on their own by age 8
Ask your dentist about sealants
Frequent snacking may be the biggest enemy
The sugars and starches found in many foods and snacks like cookies, candies, dried fruit, soft drinks, pretzels and potato chips combine with plaque on teeth to create acids
These acids attack the tooth enamel and may lead to cavities

Implement healthy snacks:
Granola, fruits, nuts, and cheeses

IF they listen to you:
Brush 2x day, floss 1x day
Important to brush tongue to prevent bad breath

Set a good example
If you take good care of your teeth, your teenager will see that it is important to you and your talks and 'warnings' will not seem hypocritical
Don't buy junk food and limit sugary, acidic drinks such as soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks
Mouth guards are important if they play contact sports

Champaign Dental Office
Sensenbrenner Family Dental, LLC
3101 Village Office Plaza
Champaign, IL 61822
Phone: (217) 352-4646
Fax: (217) 352-4963
info@champaigndentaloffice.com

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Friday
8:00am to Noon

Does your child need a dental exam before school starts? Well, do we have a deal for you! If your children are entering grades K, 2, 6, or 9, Sensenbrenner Family Dental is offering free IL state required school exams including a cleaning and fluoride treatment when you mention chambanamoms. Call Sensenbrenner Family Dental TODAY (217-352-4646)! Must schedule by August 31, 2014. 


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