Your child should be naturally proud of his or her smile. It expresses joy, laughter, and fun! To make sure your child has a a lifetime of good dental health start early, with checkups at Mason Dental in Grapevine.
At Mason Dental, we recommend a child’s first dental visit when their first tooth erupts. This is in agreement with American Dental Association guidelines. An early check is the first step in preventing issues and setting the stage for lifelong dental health. We can keep the visit short, but still carry out a thorough visual examination to make sure there are no concerns.
We will guide you on good dental procedures at home, such as correct brushing and flossing. You will also be guided about healthy eating choices and the possible effects of poor choices. It is especially critical 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 dental caries. Unlike broken bones that regenerate, once enamel is gone, it’s essentially gone, though fluoride can remineralize weakened enamel to a small degree.
Promoting a healthy, low sugar diet is always prime 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.