Your child should be naturally proud of his or her smile. It expresses joy, laughter, and fun! To make sure your child has a healthy and attractive smile, start early. Really early.
We recommend that you bring your child in for their first dental visit soon after their first birthday. An early check is the first step in preventing problems and setting the stage for lifelong dental health.You will also be guided regarding healthy eating choices and the consequences of poor choices. It is especially critical to keep your toddler from eating sticky or hard candies that lodge in molars and spaces between teeth. It is also important to monitor the amount of juice they drink and keep it in a cup instead of a bottle.
Any time sugary foods or drinks are in contact with teeth, the enamel is weakened from the acid those substances contain. Prolonged exposure begins to wear the enamel away, setting the stage for dental caries. Unlike broken bones that regenerate, once enamel is gone, it’s essentially gone, though fluoride can remineralize weakened enamel to a small degree.
Promoting a healthy, low sugar diet is always optimal for your toddler’s teeth. If your baby or toddler needs a bottle to calm down and go to sleep, make sure that the bottle contains only water.
Other important habits are to brush and floss your teeth in front of your child. (If you have never been regular flossing – it’s time to start!) Let them see that it is a priority and a comfortable habit in your life. Brush their teeth with a soft bristled brush and a small amount of toothpaste. Let them try it, but always go over their teeth afterward, making sure each tooth is brushed. When finished, give them a cup of water to help rinse the toothpaste out.
Before coming to Alaska Premier Dental Group, meet with your child about the upcoming appointment and let them know that their teeth are going to be checked. Dr. Kruchoski will help your child feel proud of their effort and help them have a positive visit, the first of many to come.
Call us at 907-290-5452 to schedule an appointment. Remember also to call any time between scheduled visits with any questions or concerns that might arise. We are dedicated to your child’s lifelong dental health.
At Alaska Premier Dental Group, we love working with children and will help your child have a positive experience learning to care for their teeth.
At Alaska Premier Dental Group, we focus our efforts on . Each member of our professional team is passionate about making our youngest patients feel safe and comfortable. Our patients enjoy the friendly atmosphere while benefitting from our state-of-the-art technology.
Some of our most popular services include family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. We are located at 6611 DeBarr Rd, Ste 100 and 200 in Anchorage.
Taking Care of Your Way Beyond Your Smile