Guidelines for Good Oral Care
- Every child should have a dental visit by age one.
- Children need their parent's help to care for their teeth usually up to the
age of 10.
- Flossing can be difficult and it is important to monitor to determine if
they are flossing correctly. Floss sticks work well in most instances but where
there are fillings please be careful because they can loosen the filling.
- Do not let your child sleep with milk or juice in their bed/crib/ or bedside.
- Limit foods with corn syrup, chocolate syrup and confectioners sugar.
- In general, foods that are good for your child's teeth are good for their
- Brush within 30 minutes of consumption of these items.
- Brush for 2 minutes 2xs/day.
- Spin brushes can be affective with parental supervision.
- Use ACT mouth rinse 1x/day.
- Don't give your child fluoride toothpaste unless they are over age three and are spitting well.
- Avoid drinking juice, milk, gatorade and other sugared drinks frequently
throughout the day. Larger amounts less frequently is better for the teeth.
- Cavities in baby teeth usually need to have fillings in order to avoid infection
and pain in the future. We are relatively conservative and look at the overall
history and age of the child before deciding on treatment.
- If you traumatize a tooth please call the dentist as soon as possible. If
your child knocks out a permanent tooth place the tooth in milk or spit and bring
to the dentist within one hour. If possible place the tooth back in the socket.
Do not wash off the tooth in water—swish it in milk or spit if there is dirt
- Visit the dentist every 6 months for a proper cleaning and exam.
- Try to stay positive about the dentist despite any negative experiences you
may have had as a child. We really try our best to be gentle and relaxed about
care. Children often pick up on little comments here and there that can make
them more worried than usual.
- Smiles are the best! Let's keep them that way!
Fluoride is an important mineral responsible for strengthening enamel of developing teeth. There are many towns in MA that have opted not to fluoridate their water. See below for a list of towns in the surrounding areas of Duxbury Children's Dentistry. Our patients come from all over the state and sometimes from out of state so if your town is not listed please contact us. Fluoride is dosed based on age and usually is prescribed after one year of age. If you have well water you should have it tested with the town to determine the naturally occurring fluoride levels. Do not let your child eat toothpaste as a replacement for fluoride supplementation as this can cause fluorosis (staining) of the permanent teeth when they come in.
If your town is not in either list please ask one of the dental professionals at the office if a fluoride prescription is needed.
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. John's Candies
Information on xylitol candies and herbal anti-cavity lollipops.
Crest - Cavity Protection for Babies
Massachusetts Dental Society - Fun-Filled Dental History Facts
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