Working with the children in our community gives us the very best chance to help individuals have healthy teeth for their whole lives. Treating children and showing them how to keep their teeth clean is a unique and special activity. It takes patience and a willingness to educate a young new patient on everything they can expect at a dentist’s office.
Preserving those bright new teeth starts with the right hygiene. We start by educating very young children about the right way to brush their teeth and the importance of flossing every day. We also talk to them about the best ways to prevent sugary foods from attacking their teeth so they can make healthy choices at home and at school.
When children start coming in for regular cleaning appointments every six months, they’re developing a very healthy habit which can enable them to avoid the discomfort of fillings, extractions and surgeries down the road.
Introducing Kids to Dentistry
When our adult patients bring their children to our office and we see those bright little faces light up when they see Dr. Murphy or our hygienist, we truly know we are doing our jobs. These young people have learned an important lesson not only in preserving their teeth but in protecting their overall health. Maintaining a healthy body means being free from serious problems like gum disease, abscessed teeth or impacted teeth. These dental problems can have very negative effects on one’s overall health, not to mention the pain that accompanies each one.
With Dr. Murphy’s three young girls at home, he has plenty of experience helping his young patients get used to new experiences. As small children get used to the sounds, sights and sensations of dental treatment, they learn to be comfortable in this environment. We are very pleased to give children a good beginning to a lifetime of keeping their teeth healthy by visiting the dentist regularly.
We recommend that you bring your child in for their first appointment by their first birthday. We can check for any early problems and help you set a schedule for future visits.
We will also help you learn the right diet to help your child’s teeth grow in and stay healthy. Restricting sugary drinks and foods is an excellent healthy habit to teach your child and also helps prevent tooth decay.
As soon as your child has teeth that touch, you should help them begin flossing their teeth. It might be easier for them to start with flossers and switch to dental floss as they develop more dexterity.
We recommend the use of a fluoride toothpaste after your child reaches two years of age.
It’s a very good idea to supervise your child’s toothbrushing until they reach eight years of age. You can even teach them to brush for two full minutes morning and night by giving them a toothbrush with a built-in timer. That’s another way to teach them a healthy habit.
We look forward to working with all our adult patients to help them raise healthy kids and would love to extend this help to all the families in the Batavia and Geneva areas. To schedule an appointment for your child, please call us at 630-984-5605 today.