Childhood dental habits establish the foundation for oral health during adulthood. By training children about proper hygienic habits at an early age, parents and caregivers can set them up for a lifetime of good oral health. Dr. Karim Naguib and his professional dental team offer pediatric dentistry services to families in Palmdale and Lancaster, CA.
Visiting the Dentist for the First Time
A child’s first visit to the dentist should occur after many of the baby teeth have erupted into the gums. Prior to their first appointment, parents should speak with children openly about the appointment and answer any questions a child may have about the experience.
Although baby teeth will eventually fall out they are still susceptible to decay. Our dentists will inspect the baby teeth for cavities and signs of decay and ensure that they are coming in normally. Parents are also instructed on proper home dental care and advised of day-to-day habits that could cause early decay. Even before the teeth erupt in a child’s mouth, the gums should be gently washed each day. Teeth may initially be cleansed using water, rather than toothpaste. As the child gets older, it is safe to begin using children’s toothpaste.
Tooth Decay Treatment
Children who develop tooth decay early on are more likely to experience gum disease and tooth loss later on. Good oral hygiene and routine dental health exams can help protect your child’s smile from tooth decay. A diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and low in added sugar can also help improve your child’s oral health. Our team educates young patients on the benefits of a healthy diet, good oral hygiene and routine dental care to help them establish and maintain their oral health. Premier Dental Care treats dental concerns during all phases of oral development. From routine teeth cleanings to screening for early orthodontic needs, we comprehensive dental care for children in the Palmdale and Lancaster communities.