Enjoy children’s dentistry at our local dental office
The baby teeth, otherwise referred to as primary teeth are the first teeth that children lose when they grow up. With proper dental care, primary teeth can stay in your child’s mouth for several years, which prevents other problems with permanent dentition or oral development. Ensuring that your child knows how to care for their baby teeth is essential, so they do not experience any issues with missing or decayed baby teeth. Fortunately, there are several ways parents and caregivers can help their children look after their primary teeth to prevent cavities and keep them healthy until they fall out naturally. Below, Dr. Omari Sheehy of Bayshore Dental Center in Seffner, Florida, outlines three ways in which you can ensure your child maintains good oral health and wellness:
- Regular evaluations. One of the most important steps you can do to help your child care for their baby teeth is to make sure your children receive regular dental exams from a pediatric dentist. Although some children may experience tooth decay as early as their first birthdays, permanent teeth typically erupt between the ages of six and eight years.
- Regular cleanings. When you visit Bayshore Dental Center, your children can benefit from the dental care they need to reduce their chances of developing cavities or diseases. Our kids’ dental team can provide thorough cleanings during routine evaluations at our office to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums.
- Home dental care habits. Brushing and flossing are also essential in keeping your child’s baby teeth clean so that you can prevent cavities, as well as gum disease. In addition to ensuring that your children brush their teeth at least twice a day, make sure they use the correct size of toothbrush for their age group. The American Dental Association recommends using soft-bristled infant-sized brushes until around three when they can graduate to kid-sized soft-bristled brushes. Children should always brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and be supervised by an adult until they are around eight years old.
Schedule a visit today
At Bayshore Dental Center, we are pleased to educate parents and children on good oral health habits for a lifetime! If you are seeking a dentist who sees kids and adults, consider working with Dr. Omari Sheehy and his team. Call (813) 324-6007 today to request a visit at 810 West Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Suite #2900.