At Gastonia Dental Group, we believe 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 with a skilled children’s dentist.
We recommend a child’s first dental visit when their first tooth erupts. An early check is the first step in preventing issues and setting the stage for lifelong dental health. We will keep the visit short, but complete a thorough visual examination to make sure there are no concerns.
We will advise you on good dental procedures at home, such as correct brushing and flossing. You will also be guided regarding healthy eating choices and the effects of poor choices. It is especially essential 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 tooth decay. Unlike broken bones that regenerate, once enamel is gone, it’s 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.
Before coming to Gastonia Dental Group, talk to your child about the appointment and let them know that their teeth are going to be checked. Our children’s dentist will help your child feel proud of their effort and help them have a pleasing visit, the first of many to come. Our services include pediatric dentistry and general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your child’s appointment, or one for yourself, today!
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