Taking care of your child's teeth and ensuring their oral health is maintained at an optimum level is of prime importance. A little extra effort at a very young age can go a long way in giving them the best smile possible when they grow up. Parents must be well aware and educated about handling their child's oral health, and pediatric dentistry can help you in this regard.
Pediatric or child dentistry is one of the significant branches of dental science that is solely dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of oral issues in infants, children, and teenagers. Dr. Guster and his team of experts are well-trained and experienced at handling young patients. They have a friendly and compassionate way around kids, which allows them to treat them better.
Your child's first visit
The American Dental Association recommends parents to take their children for their first oral consultation between the age of 6 months to a year. This is the time when the milk teeth start to emerge, and it is best if you know how to take care of your baby's teeth. We would educate you about brushing their teeth, the foods they should avoid eating, and the necessary everyday steps that you should take to ensure proper oral health.
Brushing and flossing
The basic thing that your child should be aware of is that brushing and flossing every day keep microbes away from the mouth and prevent cavities. When they're too young to brush on their own, you should help them with it. Gradually, let them brush their teeth on their own under your guidance. Flossing should also be practiced every day as it removes the tartar deposits and food debris from between the teeth.
Brushing and flossing twice every day is one of the simplest and most important things your child should do to prevent cavities. The microbes in the mouth can get accumulated on the teeth's surface over a while and form tartar. Tartar is said to be the main cause of cavities as it contains thousands of harmful bacteria that erode the enamel. When you bring your child for routine dental visits, we can conduct a fluoride test that would make the teeth stronger and help them fight cavities.
Checking for malocclusion
Malocclusion is mostly caused due to heredity, faulty oral habits, chewing on objects, thumb-sucking, etc. The alignment of the teeth plays a significant role in enhancing the appearance of one's smile. In case your child has a malocclusion, we would conduct a thorough diagnosis of the child's bite and suggest a suitable treatment method to treat it. Some of the available options are metal braces, clear braces, ClearCorrect, and Invisalign.
To have a consultation with Dr. Guster, please schedule an online appointment or call us at (773) 445-1009, and we will be happy to help.