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Dentist in Wichita explains how you can take care of your child's teeth and gums

Parents in the Wichita area want the best for their children, and you may not be any different. You may wonder how to keep your child healthy, educate them properly, and may even worry about them watching too much television. However, one concern many parents have is how to take care of your child's teeth and gums. A healthy smile can not only reduce the cost of dental care over time but may also help improve confidence, self-esteem, and overall health and wellness of the entire body due to the connection between oral health and the body. The dentist of East Wichita Dentist works with his team and all the parents who come into his office to educate them on how to achieve great dental health and maintain it for everyone in their family.

The care of your child's teeth and gums will vary depending on their age.

Newborns/Infants
When children are very young, they have minimal needs. They eat, sleep, and go through diapers day in and day out. However, this doesn't mean that their toothless smile doesn't need attention. Before teeth erupt, parents are advised to use a warm washcloth to wipe away milk or formula residue after feedings. The same should be done after teeth come through—as well as scheduling the child's first dental visit with East Wichita Dentist for their initial examination. As teeth come in, parents can educate their children on how to use a soft bristled toothbrush and non-fluoride toothpaste to start good habits early.

Toddlers/Young Children
Children can start to use fluoride toothpaste around the age of three when they no longer swallow it. Children can be taught how to brush, and once several teeth have come in, are encouraged to floss at least once a day to remove food particles from between teeth. Children should see their dentist at least twice a year after their first visit.

School-Aged Children
Visits with the dentist twice a year are encouraged where an examination is complete and x-rays may periodically be taken. The dentist at East Wichita Dentist can also monitor the eruption of the primary teeth and the progression into adult teeth and look for signs of concern, including the possibility for needing orthodontic treatment for the bite or alignment of the teeth.
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