Why Is Choosing A Pediatric Dentist Better Than A Regular Dentist?

Why Is Choosing A Pediatric Dentist Better Than A Regular Dentist?

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.

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How to overcome your child’s fear of the dentist

How to overcome your child’s fear of the dentist

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.

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How to make your child’s diet safe for their teeth?

How to make your child’s diet safe for their teeth?

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.

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Laughing Gas, Sedation, and Pediatric Dentistry

Laughing Gas, Sedation, and Pediatric Dentistry

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.

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Proper home care for your baby's teeth

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.