Your pediatric dentist in Charlottesville, VA, and in Hollymead, VA, offers childhood oral hygiene visits and helpful tips for home care. Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry prioritizes early childhood oral dental care as a valuable prevention strategy for cavities.
Starting children's oral hygiene young
Children have a high likelihood of developing cavities, an extremely common oral health issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 20% of children ages 5-11 have an untreated cavity in a tooth. The first step you can take to prevent this in your child is to schedule their initial pediatric dental visit in Charlottesville, VA.
You should book a dental visit for your infant around the time they hit six months of age, but no later than their first birthday. During this time, they're in the process of getting their 20 primary teeth. There are numerous bite issues that can develop with primary teeth, but oral hygiene is also a concern.
Baby bottle tooth decay is one of the most common oral hygiene complications to affect infants. To prevent this issue, you should make sure your baby doesn't sleep with a bottle. You should also refrain from using sweet substances like honey to encourage bottle-feeding and pacifier use, and ween them off of a bottle and onto a cup as soon as possible.
How to promote oral hygiene at home
Your Charlottesville, VA, pediatric dentist tells you how often to bring your child in for cleanings and examinations for their baby teeth. Great oral hygiene for primary teeth sets the stage for similarly positive outcomes for adult teeth.
At home, you can maintain your infant or child's oral hygiene by:
- Brushing infant gums gently with water
- Brushing children's teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and pea-sized dab of toothpaste
- Relieving toothaches with warm saline water
- Getting sealants for your child's teeth to avoid trapping food and bacteria
Together, all of these steps help prevent childhood cavities.
Your pediatric dentists in Charlottesville, VA, set your child up for success with oral hygiene into adolescence and beyond. To start teaching your child great oral hygiene, call Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry for an appointment at (434) 975-7336 in Hollymead, VA, or (540) 832-6657 in Spring Creek, VA.
Children need the dentist just as much as adults. At Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry, Drs. Aaron Stump, Jennifer Dixon, and Taylor Smith provide their little Charlottesville, VA, patients with the care they need at either office: Hollymead or Spring Creek.
What is dental pediatric care?
This is a dental specialty dedicated to children's oral health from infancy to their teen years. Children are just as susceptible as adults to gum disease and tooth decay. Parents shouldn't ignore their children's dental appointments. Just because milk teeth fall out and are replaced with permanent teeth, doesn't mean poor dental care can't hurt their oral hygiene.
More About Baby Teeth
Our 20 primary teeth start coming in (erupting) at about six months. Milk teeth fall out at various times but by age 21, adults have all 32 permanent teeth. For the full eruption chart, click here.
Your Child's First Dental Appointment
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend your child's first dental visit be six months after the baby's first tooth appears.
Drawbacks Of Ignoring Your Child's Dental Health
Failing to visit your Charlottesville dentist for regular checkups may result in a cavity going unnoticed and resulting in an infection that compromises your child's immune system.
How To Care For Children's Teeth
- Avoid giving your child too many foods and beverages with sugar.
- Brush their first tooth using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Floss between teeth as soon as two adjacent teeth erupt.
- Visit your child's pediatric dentist twice a year for a routine check-up.
Need a consultation?
If you'd like to know more about your child's dental hygiene or would like to book your child's first dental appointment, don't hesitate to contact Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry. Drs. Aaron Stump, Jennifer Dixon, and Taylor Smith can help you at either Charlottesville, VA, office: Hollymead (434-975-7336) or Spring Creek (540-832-6657).
If you prefer texting, you can also reach Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry at 434-975-7336.
One of the most common misconceptions surrounding cosmetic dentistry treatments is that they are only suitable for older teens and adults. In reality, however, a lot of pediatric dentists also specialize in cosmetic dental procedures for kids. In contrast to the cosmetic dentistry procedures that are commonly performed on adults, the treatment options for kids are pretty straightforward and minimally invasive.
Smiling at children that they deserve and won’t be embarrassed about could likewise give them confidence and minimize the development of related oral health issues. Here at Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry in our Hollymead and Spring Creek office in Charlottesville, VA, we offer various cosmetic dentistry treatments for kids.
Discussing the appropriate treatments with Dr. Aaron Stump, Dr. Taylor Smith, or Dr. Jennifer Dixon will give a better understanding of why you need to address cosmetic dental issues, even in kids, and what options your child will benefit from the most. In this light, below are the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures that are appropriate for children:
- Dental Bonding: Like teens and adults, kids can likewise benefit from bonding for treating damaged teeth while repairing their natural feel, shape, and color.
- Professional Teeth Whitening: Boosting your child’s self-esteem by refreshing their smile with professional teeth whitening could give them the confidence to face each day with a bright smile. Developing mouths, particularly when a child is also undergoing orthodontic treatment, could be a tough process for younger kids and teenagers. But giving them a brighter smile could make a huge difference in their confidence.
- Dental Flipper: This is usually utilized for kids who have lost a tooth to tooth decay or accidents. Since children are not suitable candidates for implants and bridges or dentures may be too complicated at their age, a dental flipper is usually recommended for replacing lost teeth. This dental appliance will look and function like real teeth, restoring your child’s normal eating and speaking abilities. It will likewise help ensure that the teeth surrounding the space left behind by a lost tooth won’t shift into the gap and ruin your child’s bite.
- Gum Reshaping: Also known as gum contouring, this is an easy solution to correct a “gummy smile” in kids.
Since kids’ teeth and jaws are still developing, it’s crucial to understand the options for correcting cosmetic dental flaws. Working with your pediatric cosmetic dentistry professional in our Hollymead and Spring Creek office in Charlottesville, VA, office will ensure that the treatments available for your child will be safe and effective.
Speak to Us To Learn More About Our Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
Get in touch with Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry in Charlottesville, VA, to book an evaluation with Dr. Aaron Stump, Dr. Taylor Smith, or Dr. Jennifer Dixon. You can reach our Hollymead office at (434)-975-7336 and our Spring Creek office at (540) 832-6657.
With so many kids wearing braces these days, some parents can’t help but wonder whether their child also needs braces or not. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should ideally see an orthodontist by age seven. Here at Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry, one of our orthodontists, Dr. Aaron Stump, Dr. Taylor Smith, or Dr. Jennifer Dixon will be able to determine whether your child requires orthodontics during your consultation in our Spring Creek or Hollymead office in Charlottesville, NC.
In the meantime, below are signs to watch out for that could indicate your child might benefit from orthodontic treatment:
- Mouth breathing
- Difficulty biting or down or chewing
- Irregular, late, or early loss of milk teeth
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Jaws that are recessed, protruded, make sounds, or shift
- Blocked-out, misplaced, or crowded teeth
- Teeth that don’t touch each other or meet abnormally
- Teeth and jaws that seem too small or big for the face
The AAO recommends that if you see any of these issues with your child, you should see your orthodontist even if you’re child is younger than seven years old.
Is There an Ideal Age for Orthodontic Treatment?
Essentially, the most suitable age will vary from one child to another. In most cases, however, orthodontic treatment typically starts between nine and 14 years old since children in this age bracket have some adult teeth already while some are still growing.
Take note that most orthodontic issues like crowded teeth protruded upper teeth, missing or extra teeth, jaw growth issues, and excess space between teeth might be hereditary. On the other hand, some orthodontic issues develop over time due to poor habits like sucking on fingers or thumbs, poor nutrition, poor oral hygiene, or breathing through the mouth among others.
What Problems Can Orthodontics Treat?
Any orthodontic issue could be considered a bad bite or malocclusion. The specific orthodontic treatment that your orthodontist in our Spring Creek or Hollymead offices in Charlottesville, NC, may recommend will significantly depend on your child’s specific problem and the severity of the malocclusion. Generally speaking though, orthodontics can help address the following:
- Crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth
- Extra or missing teeth
- Open bites
- Incorrect or crooked jaw positioning
- Jaw joint disorders
- Overlapping or closely-spaced teeth
- Open spaces between teeth, which includes diastema correction
For More Details on Orthodontics? Give Us a Call
Schedule an evaluation with one of our dentists here in Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Aaron Stump, Dr. Taylor Smith, or Dr. Jennifer Dixon. You can reach our Hollymead Charlottesville, NC, office at (434)-975-7336 and our Spring Creek Charlottesville, NC, office at (540) 832-6657.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry will be temporarily closed in accordance with the recommendations by the CDC and ADA.
Practicing good oral hygiene offers a simple way to protect your children from tooth decay and gum disease. With a little instruction and supervision from you, your kids can master these important oral hygiene tasks. In addition to brushing and flossing, checkups with Charlottesville, VA, pediatric dentists, Dr. Aaron Stump, Taylor Smith and Jennifer Dixon of Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry, will help your children keep their smiles healthy.
You're never too young for good oral hygiene
Start your child's oral hygiene routine before the appearance of the first tooth. Clean your child's gums with a damp washcloth or small piece of gauze. After the first tooth erupts, add a tiny amount of toothpaste, no bigger than a grain of rice, to the washcloth or gauze and clean all sides of the tooth twice a day. As more teeth erupt, you can eventually use a soft, child-sized toothbrush and a pea-sized dab of toothpaste to clean the teeth.
Babies and young children don't usually like the taste of mint-flavored toothpaste. Luckily, manufacturers make fluoridated toothpaste in bubblegum, watermelon, and other kid-approved flavors. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, reducing your child's risk of cavities.
Show and tell
Most kids like to imitate the things that their parents do, and brushing teeth is no exception. Let your kids watch you while you brush and floss, and explain that these actions remove plaque. Although your kids can't see plaque, it can hurt their teeth and cause cavities if they don't brush thoroughly.
Show your children how to brush correctly by holding the brush at a 45-degree angle and brushing all sides of the teeth. As your child's motor skills become more developed, they will eventually be able to handle brushing and flossing without assistance. Most children need a little help brushing and flossing until they're about 7. Beyond 7, they may still need supervision to ensure that they're actually brushing and flossing correctly.
Make oral hygiene fun
Is it a struggle to convince your children to brush and floss? Making these chores a little more fun and interesting can help. You can buy toothbrushes that look like cartoon characters, play music, or light up at most stores. Giving your kids colorful stickers for completing oral hygiene tasks may also be helpful.
Good oral hygiene helps your children maintain their healthy smiles. If you're concerned about a dental issue, get in touch with Drs. Stump, Smith and Dixon, your pediatric dentists in Charlottesville, VA. Call (434) 975-7336 to reach Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry's Hollymead office or (540) 832-6657 for the Spring Creek office.
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