Dr. Cederbaum has been providing care for families in the Seattle area for over 30 years, and children’s dentistry is an important part of our practice. We really enjoy the energy and enthusiasm that your children bring to our office.
It’s essential for kids to receive the appropriate treatment and learn good dental habits early to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles. Dr. Cederbaum has a friendly and relaxed manner that children and adolescents really appreciate. At Debra L. Cederbaum DDS, we go out of our way to promote a kid-friendly environment.
A Lifetime of Healthy Smiles
For patients of all ages, effective dental care is largely a matter of prevention and early detection. The best way to keep your child’s smile healthy is for them to brush and floss daily and visit Dr. Cederbaum’s office for regular checkups to prevent the growth of plaque and tartar. This is essential because plaque, tartar, and debris in your mouth will lead to the development of serious dental infections such as tooth decay and gum disease which threaten the future of your smile.
It’s also important for Dr. Cederbaum to monitor the progress of your child’s teeth as they develop. Many parents don’t fully appreciate the importance of a child’s primary teeth. It’s often assumed that primary teeth aren’t essential for dental development because they will eventually fall out and be replaced by permanent teeth, but this simply isn’t the case. Primary teeth have been referred to as “nature’s braces” because they create the pathway where the permanent teeth will grow in.
A key part of your child’s visit is the counseling you and your child will receive on the importance of properly caring for their teeth. It’s crucial for your child to develop the right habits early to protect their smile. In addition to practicing effective home care every day, it’s also important to develop healthy nutritional habits. That means eating a balanced diet which provides essential minerals to support tooth development and vitamins to bolster the immune system which will help them fight off dental infection. It’s also crucial to limit your child’s intake of sugary foods and drinks as much as possible. Taking care of your child’s smile is an important investment in their overall health.
Early Dental Care
Dr. Cederbaum recommends bringing your child to our office for their first visit at about two and a half years of age. At this point, your child should be accompanied by a parent and Dr. Cederbaum will introduce herself to your child and talk to you about effective oral hygiene and healthy habits. Your child’s first official appointment should take place around the age of three.
Your child’s first tooth should emerge sometime around their first birthday. At this point, you can begin to clean the area around their teeth using a damp cloth. Although fluoride is essential for fighting cavities, it can be harmful to children if swallowed. You can gently brush your child’s teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush, but don’t begin using fluoridated toothpaste until Dr. Cederbaum says your child is old enough.
When young children are bottle-feeding, it’s essential to avoid giving them sweet beverages such as juice right before bedtime. We also recommend encouraging them to drink water after every meal.
If you have any questions about pediatric dentistry or if you’re ready to schedule your child’s first appointment, just give us a call or fill out the form on this page.