We know our younger patients have unique needs that need to be addressed in a way that makes children and parents alike feel comfortable. General Cary NC dentist Dr. Elise Brace has a friendly, gentle manner that kids love, which, in turn, makes parents feel at ease. We know finding a trusted kids dentist can have a huge impact on a lifetime of healthy smiles. Whether your child is getting his or her first tooth or your teen needs a filling, we have the know-how to care for your child and help them get a healthy, beautiful smile.
Cary Kids Dentistry Services
- Pediatric Exams & Cleanings
- Digital X-rays
- Fluoride Treatments
- Dental Sealants
Young children should also use fluoride toothpaste, but remember to only use a small smear (about the size of a grain of rice). Children have a tendency to swallow toothpaste, and swallowing too much fluoride can lead to tooth discoloration. Help your child with their brushing, including putting paste on the toothbrush, until he or she is old enough to not swallow the toothpaste. As for toothbrushes, the important thing is to choose a soft-bristled brush. The size should be based on the size of your mouth — a brush that is too large may not be able to reach all tooth surfaces.
Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday OR six months after their first tooth comes in. Teeth come in at different times for each child, so it’s important to make sure you bring in your child by his or her first birthday to ensure that they have a good foundation for healthy teeth.
Getting a child to brush his or her teeth can be a daunting task. There are a couple of ways to encourage your child without making brushing seem like a chore:
- Make it fun! Be enthusiastic about teeth brushing time will make your kids enthusiastic about it, too. There are a number of products on the market to make brushing even more fun, from toothbrushes that sing to tablets that make the plaque in the mouth change color.
- Brush together! Children want to do what their parents do to be “more grown-up.” Seeing you brush your teeth and floss will encourage your children to follow your lead.
- Remember that your child may need your help until he or she is old enough to thoroughly clean all teeth. Need more recommendations? Give us a call!
Kids’ Dental Care
It’s so important to begin a proper oral health care routine with your child as soon as possible. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a dentist when their first tooth begins to erupt, or by their first birthday (whichever comes first). This early care allows your child’s dentist to ensure that baby teeth erupt properly. Problems with the eruption of baby teeth could lead to problems with permanent teeth when they begin to come in (typically starting around age 6). Be sure to bring your child in to see Dr. Brace and the Kildaire team, so we can help your child have a smile he or she loves showing off.