Hanging out with friends, playing outdoors and getting out of school make summer a favorite time of year for a child. While the season has a host of offerings, it may also present certain risks.Read More
It's common knowledge that dentists specialize in the oral health arena. However, just like you take your newborn to a pediatric doctor you want to take your child to a pediatric dentist. These pediatric dentists are best suited for adolescents and children as they provide age-specific oral care.Read More
Everyone handles stress differently, and toddlers have their own way of coping with this issue. It might seem like toddlers would have no cares in the world, but the truth is that life can be hectic, even for children.Read More
From the time they are a baby, your child will go through many different stages regarding their oral development. You may not think so, but developing great oral hygiene from the very first tooth that breaks through is vastly important.Read More
Fluoride is a natural mineral found throughout the earth which also can be found in some foods and water. Studies have shown that when fluoride is added to the community water supply, the frequency of tooth decay among adults and children, decreases.Read More
As a parent, you might think that tooth decay is not a major problem. But according to recent data, roughly 42% of children between ages of two and 11 in the US have some form of tooth decay.Read More
At Bunker Hill Pediatric Dentistry in Houston, Dr. Luu and her staff understand that many kids are nervous, even scared to visit the dentist. At each visit, we strive to make everything as pleasant as can be for your child as each positive step builds trust and puts your child at ease for future visits.Read More
The type of food that you feed your child can have an effect on their oral health. Diet actually plays a huge role on whether a child develops tooth decay and cavities, which can also lead to potential tooth loss. Here are some pointers to ensure that your child has a healthy smile.Read More
Come in and visit us at least twice a year! The American Dental Association says that visiting the dentist two times a year. Visiting us multiple times a year can help us keep an eye out for developing issues. Keep in mind that this goes for the whole family, children and adults!Read More
A question that I get the asked the most as a pediatric dentist is, “At what age should I start bringing my child to the dentist?” I believe that you should bring your child in around their first birthday.Read More
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children should visit the dentist at least two times a year. They should be checked for cavities or any other dental issues that may occur, because if left untreated these problems can eventually become more serious in the long term.Read More
5 Creative Ways to Make a Dental Visit Fun
By making dental visits fun for your kids, you set them up for positive experiences going to the dentist through their lifetime. Here are a five creative ways to prepare your child to see a pediatric dentist:Read More
Quick Guide: Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Common questions that parents ask are when should a child first visit a dentist and what will happen during that initial appointment? Here is a quick guide to help educate you and prepare your child.Read More
Teething is a process that starts when your child’s first baby teeth appear in their mouth. It can be a difficult process for both baby and parent, which is why we offer this helpful guide to help educate and prepare you.Read More
Laughing Gas, Sedation, And Pediatric Dentistry
When children are very anxious, they may lack the cooperative nature that a dentist requires to complete a treatment on them. In this case, sedation may be required to relax the child. As well, sedation dentistry may be beneficial for special needs patients in order to create a safe dental environment to complete the oral procedure.Read More
You likely already know that your child should visit the dentist regularly. But do you know that your kid will get the most advantage if you choose a pediatric dentist as the primary oral care provider rather than a general (family) dentist?Read More
Despite the fact that baby teeth come and go, they make place for the adult teeth and add to your child's self-esteem. That’s why it’s very important to maintain proper oral hygiene, because even baby teeth can have cavities. Baby teeth are far from being resistant, enamel layer can easily be destroyed by acid, so they are prone to erosion and cavities.
Are baby's teeth that important?
Houston pediatric dentist, Dr. Linh Luu believes that baby teeth play a major role in the overall development of a child because they save space for the adult teeth, guiding them into place, develop the jawbones and at the same time, aid in the development of child's clear speech. Good oral hygiene allows the baby teeth to develop in a correct manner and be more resistant against infection or decay.
What needs to be done as the child grows?
From the time your baby is born you can start caring for your baby's oral health. After feeding the child you may wrap a finger with a damp, clean washcloth, lift the child's lip and clean across the gums. This will remove the food fragments and start forming a good practice of oral daily care.
When the first teeth appear you may clean them with a smear of fluoride toothpaste and a soft brush.
When your child reaches three years of age, you can teach them how to brush properly, as this is the only way to make sure that they will be able to take care of their teeth as time passes.
In addition to brushing regularly remember to include fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet. Sometimes fluoride supplements might be needed, but talk with a doctor beforehand.
It’s important to make sure that your child learns to brush his/her teeth after every meal, as this is the best way to protect them against bacteria, plaque or any other issue. Meanwhile, make sure you teach your child how he/she can rinse the mouth to avoid swallowing toothpaste.
When should be the first dental visit?
The first dental visit needs to be scheduled by your child’s first birthday. This visit will ensure that your child’s teeth are growing the right way and overall oral health is good. At Bunker Hill Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a free dental checkup prior to your child’s first birthday. So go ahead and schedule your consultation and get the peace of mind in knowing that your child’s dental health is in good hands.