Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. Brush your child’s teeth in the morning and before bed time.
For children under the age of 3 use a child-size toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste with an amount no larger than the size of a grain of rice.
When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.
For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to supervise their brushing and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste.
If there is one thing at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph that we know well, it’s kids. On a daily basis in our office we deal with kids approaching situations that are difficult for them, such as their first dental visit or having a cavity filled. The approach we always take is to follow the child’s lead and answer honestly any questions they may have.
With the current upheaval in our daily lives due to the pandemic of the Corona Virus, our children are aware that their lives are suddenly very different. Their daily routines with school and daycare, play dates and parent’s work schedules have completely been upended. They sense increased stress from the adults in their lives.
The best way to help your child process what’s going on around them is to answer their questions as best as you can. Listen to your child, assess what knowledge they have gathered about the virus so you can have a sense of how concerned they might be. If your child is very young and hasn’t heard about it yet and just doesn’t understand why mommy and daddy are not at work and why they aren’t at school, that is a very different conversation than if they have heard about people getting very sick.
When you speak to your child make sure you are calm to avoid creating any additional anxiety. Your behavior will tell them how concerned they need to be as much as your words will. Don’t dismiss your child’s fears, do your best to allay them by letting them know that there are many people besides their parents working to keep them safe, like doctors and nurses and scientists working to find a cure. For older children you might want to explain why this virus is so different than any they may have had before.
The important thing to stress with all children is that it is essential, now more than ever, to practice good hygiene. That good hygiene will help to keep them healthy. Demonstrate for your child how to wash their hands for 20 seconds while singing the Happy Birthday song. Advise them to wash their hands, not only after using the bathroom but also before and after each meal and to cough into their elbow when they need to cough. And while we’re talking about good hygiene habits and washing hands, don’t forget about the importance of brushing teeth for two minutes twice a day as well.
One of the most important things we can do right now for our children is to seize this unique situation of increased time at home with our families as an opportunity to create new family traditions.
At Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph, we welcome our patients to remain in our care as long as they are comfortable. Unless a patient needs extensive treatment with their permanent teeth, we will never suggest a patient leave our practice.
In fact, we have many patients that come back from college and beyond for their cleanings as well as special needs patients that are well into their adult years that are comfortable in our office and enjoy their visits. There is nothing that makes us happier than having patients that we are able to care for while watching them grow up.
The benefit of this continuity in care means that our hygienists and Pediatric Dentists can catch emerging problems, recommend orthodontic care or wisdom teeth extraction because we are identifying issues before they become major concerns.
Pediatric Dentists are uniquely trained to treat the specific oral care needs of teens whose faces and jaws are still growing and changing as the last of their permanent teeth come in.
As our patients grow from toddler, to big kid to teenager, we take their lead in the tone of the appointment, recognizing their growth and increased independence and maturity.
Our goal is to make every patient feel comfortable and respected as we provide the exceptional oral care they have come to expect from Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph.
Giving back to our community has always been a big part of who we are at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph. We created Mission Gratitude as a way to recognize military service members, and local first responders and service dogs as a way to have the community join together in honoring the service of these brave men and women.
Mission Gratitude is a fun family event, free and open to the general public. The local fire department, police and rescue squads bring vehicles for kids to climb into. Families love to learn about the work done by these real life heroes.