Children's Dental Care

Friday, March 02, 2012

When should you schedule your childs first trip to the dentist? Should your 3-year-old be flossing? How do you know if your child needs braces? Dr. Edward Hill gives us some answers to these and other questions about childrens dental care in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Proper dental care begins even before a babys first tooth appears. Teeth actually begin to form during the second trimester of pregnancy.

Once your child has a few teeth showing, you can brush them with a childs soft toothbrush or rub them with gauze at the end of the day.

Putting your baby to sleep with a bottle in his or her mouth can be harmful to the babys teeth, creating a condition known as bottle mouth.

The American Dental Association recommends that your childs first visit to the dentist take place by his or her first birthday. At this visit, your childs dentist will explain proper brushing and flossing techniques and conduct a modified exam. Such visits can help in the early detection of potential problems.

Pediatric dentists are trained to handle the wide range of issues associated with your childs dental health. They also know when to refer you to a different type of specialist such as an orthodontist to correct an overbite.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.