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Beginning good dental hygiene habits at an early age is crucial to your child’s oral health throughout their life. However, many parents may not be fully aware of what their child’s dental hygiene routine should consist of. Your dentist can help you and your child understand the best practices for a daily and long-term dental hygiene routine. Find out more about pediatric dentistry and what makes a solid at-home oral care routine important with Dr. Peter Gurr at Alamo Kids in Far West Side San Antonio, TX.
How often should my child see their dentist?
The American Dental Association says that all dental patients, regardless of their age, should see the dentist twice a year for routine examinations with their dentist and cleanings performed by a dental hygienist. These regular visits allow dentists to keep track of a child’s growth and development and find and treat any issues like cavities quickly to stop them in their tracks.
How will my dentist help me instill good dental habits in my child?
Seeing the dentist regularly from an early age has proven to instill good oral hygiene habits and reduce the chances of developing dental anxiety or dental phobia. We go above and beyond to establish a good relationship with your child, with a happy, fun environment and a kid-friendly, show-tell-do approach to introducing your child to the dentist’s office and routine check-ups.
What should my child’s daily oral care routine consist of?
Good dental care begins before a child has any teeth at all. As an infant, children’s parents should wipe their gums with a damp, soft cloth after feedings. When their first tooth erupts, brushing twice a day with a child’s toothbrush and a tiny amount of toothpaste will keep teeth decay at bay. As the teeth grow close enough together to touch, begin helping your child floss between each tooth at least once a day.
Children’s Dentistry & You
Starting good oral hygiene habits early will benefit your child for the rest of their life. For more information on ensuring that your child is confident about their dental visits and caring for their teeth, please contact Dr. Peter Gurr at Alamo Kids in Far West Side San Antonio, TX. Call 210-951-0046 to schedule your child’s appointment with your dentist today!
How orthodontics from your pediatric dentists in San Antonio, TX, can help your child’s smile
Your child or teen deserves a straight smile. A straight, beautiful smile can be a big boost to your child’s self-confidence and self-esteem. A straight smile can also make it much easier for your child to maintain a healthy smile because straight teeth are much easier to floss.
Dr. Peter Gurr and Dr. Ayla Idilbi of Alamo Kids Dental in San Antonio, TX, offer comprehensive pediatric dental care, including orthodontic treatment to help your child’s smile.
Children and teens often have tooth positioning and alignment issues that can be corrected with orthodontic treatment. These are just a few of the conditions orthodontic treatment can correct:
- Crowding and tooth rotation
- Overlapped or gapped teeth
- Overbite or underbite
- Crossbite or open bite
Orthodontic treatment has come a long way, with the introduction of much more comfortable, more discreet, and attractive options like these:
- Plastic brackets with tooth-colored wires
- Ceramic brackets with tooth-colored wires
- Lingual brackets and wires, which are cemented on to the back surfaces of teeth
In addition to traditional brackets and wires, you might consider Invisalign dental appliances for your child or teen. Invisalign aligners are the most discreet option. Your child can remove the aligners to eat, brush, and floss, making them a very user-friendly option.
No matter what orthodontic option you and your child choose, you are helping your child enjoy a lifetime of healthy, beautiful, straight smiles. Straight teeth and a correctly positioned jaw help to prevent tooth and jaw stress, which helps prevent tooth wear and TMJ issues.
Help your child enjoy a straight smile with the right orthodontic treatment! To find out more about types of orthodontic treatment and how orthodontics can help your child’s smile, call Dr. Peter Gurr and Dr. Ayla Idilbi of Alamo Kids Dental in San Antonio, TX, at (210) 951-0046. Call now!