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From Washcloth to Toothbrush: How to Clean Your Little One’s Teeth

pediatric dentistry stockton caParenting can come with a long checklist of things that you should and shouldn’t be doing, and amidst all of the unknown, it can be hard to weed through all the chatter from other parents. When it comes to your child’s dental health, however, we have created a clear-cut guide that will help you know when you start brushing your child’s teeth and how. Read on to learn more.

Introduce Them With a Washcloth

It takes anyone time to get used to anything, especially little ones. And by experiencing everything for the first time, small things like toothbrushing can be a bit frightening. To get your baby used to the idea of having their teeth brushed, we encourage parents to rub their baby’s gums with a warm, damp washcloth even before they get teeth. Although they may not like the idea at first, once they get used to it and you make it a part of their morning and bedtime routine, it won’t be a big deal.

Switch to a Toothbrush

As soon as your baby starts sprouting teeth, you need to get an infant-sized toothbrush. Available at most drugstores or pharmacies, infant sized toothbrushes are small enough to fit into your child’s mouth and have soft bristles that won’t damage their teeth. Up until your baby is over the age of three or you otherwise get the “okay” from their pediatrician, have them brush their teeth without toothpaste. If swallowed, toothpaste can be harmful to their bodies. By brushing their teeth and gums both morning and night with just water and a toothbrush, you can help get rid of harmful bacteria.

Additionally, once your child starts to get a few teeth, you should schedule their first dentist appointment with Dr. Janice Scott. During their appointment, their teeth will be briefly inspected for cavities and their jaw and neck will be felt for any lumps or abnormalities— a whole dental cleaning won’t take place until they are older.

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By knowing these basic things about your child’s dental care and health, you can ensure that they stay healthy. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Janice Scott’s office today!

What to Know About Your Child’s First Dental Visit

pediatric dentistry | stockton caHaving a child comes with a long list of things you supposed to know but you likely don’t: including what to know about their first dental visit. Although you may assume that your child won’t need to go to the dentist until they have a full mouth of teeth, they should actually start to see their dentist as soon as they start sprouting teeth. Read on to learn more about what you can expect from your child’s first visit.

How Frequent Should You Visit the Dentist?
Yes, it may sound a bit excessive to take in your baby to the dentist every six months as recommended for adults, and you would be correct. In fact, Janice Scott recommends that until your child is three years old, they just visit the dentist once every year.

What is Done During Their First Visit?
If you are envisioning your screaming child sitting in the dentist’s chair and having to have their teeth cleaned while they’re fussing and screaming, you can put that thought aside. During your child’s first dental visit, Dr. Janice Scott wills imply look at their sprouting teeth in order to ensure that they are coming in straight. Additionally, she will feel around your child’s gums and make sure that everything looks normal.

When you visit Dr. Janice Scott for your child’s first dental visit, you can also ask her as many questions about your child’s oral health as possible. No matter how small of a question you may think it is, know that there is never too small of a question to be answered.

Taking your child to their first dental visit can be a big deal for any parent. However, by understanding what both you and your child can expect, you can help to ensure that the experience goes as smoothly as possible. To learn more about pediatric dental care or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Janice Scott’s office today!

3 Signs Your Child Needs to See the Dentist

When you have really young children who have their first budding teeth, it can be hard to decipher them just being tired from actual dental pain that they may be experiencing. And as your children get even a little bit older and can speak, sometimes they themselves can’t communicate to you exactly how they are feeling and why. Here are three signs that your child is suffering from dental pain and that they need to see the dentist as soon as possible.

No Appetite

children's dentistry stockton ca | dental care for children A sure way to know if your child is really suffering from severe dental pain is if they suddenly have a loss of appetite. Most children have a routine eating schedule that they consistently stick to, but if you notice that your little one isn’t wanting to eat anything at all, then it could be due to dental pain. Before taking your child to the dentist immediately, ask your child if you can look in their mouth. Try pressing on certain parts of their gums and teeth and see if that causes them any pain or have them point out any painful areas to you.

Facial Swelling

Facial swelling especially around the jawline is another large indication that your child is suffering from some sort of dental infection and needs to seek a dentist immediately. To help calm the swelling and reduce the pain until you see the dentist, apply gentle cold compresses directly to your child’s face and ask your dentist about giving your child Children’s Tylenol as well.

Running a Fever

Another sure sign that your child is suffering from some dental issues is if they are running a fever. Fevers are indicative of the fact that your child’s body is working hard to fight off an infection. Coupled with a loss of appetite and facial swelling, a fever is something that you should call your pediatrician or dentist about.

If your child is suffering from any or all of the above symptoms, then they more than likely have some sort of oral infection and need to see a dentist immediately. To learn more about Children’s Dentistry and problematic signs to look out for, contact our office today!

3 Tips for Dealing With a Teething Child

Teething Child Stockton CABeing a parent comes with lot’s of long, sleepless nights. And when your little one is feeling sick and not like themselves, the nights can seem even longer. If your child is teething and you just can’t seem to make them feel better, try the following tricks to help ease their pain and get the back to feeling like their normal self once again.

  1. Cold Washcloth

You might remember this tip from your childhood as well, but some things never seem to fail. Give your little one a cold washcloth to chew on while they’re teething. This sort of chewing action will help to alleviate pain, while the cold sensation from the washcloth will help to soothe and numb the gums.

Tip: Put your washcloth in the freezer for 15-20 minutes in order to get the washcloth to an even colder temperature.

  1. Massage

The act of massage is good for virtually every part of the body, including your child’s gums. In order to help alleviate some of the pain and discomfort caused by teething, use a clean finger to rub your child’s gums. This sort of movement will help your little ones cut through the gums in a more comfortable manner.

Tip: Let your child bite down a bit on your finger while it is in their mouth. This sort of action will help bring them immediate relief.

  1. Cold Teething Toys

There are so many unique teething toys available on the market today. When shopping for a teething toy, make sure that they are BPA free so that you won’t introduce foreign chemicals to your child. Put your child’s teething toys in the freezer for 30-60 minutes in order to help numb their gums as they bite down on the toy.

Tip: Rinse the toys off before you put them in the freezer in order to prevent any dried drool from freezing.

To learn more about children’s dentistry and how to help your little one through teething, contact our office today!


Preparing Your Child for Their First Trip to the Dentist

Children's Dentistry in Stockton CASounds of dental drills and dentists with masks over their mouths are images of childhood nightmares. However, just because many people are afraid of going to the dentist, doesn’t mean that your kids have to be. From getting them excited to showing them what it will feel like, here are 3 ways to get your children excited about their first trip to the dentist.

  1. Positivity

Rule #1 is avoiding saying anything negative about the dentist like things such as, “Are you scared?” or “The dentist isn’t very fun.” Instead, say positive things like “The dentist is so nice,” and “Your teeth are going to be so clean afterwards.” By associating positive connotations with going to the dentist, your child should have no need to even be scared.

  1. Preparation

Although it might seem easier not to tell your child what they will experience at the dentist, this will only leave them feeling betrayed and resentful afterwards. Instead, prepare your child for the whole experience at-home. Simply take turns laying down and looking into each others mouths. Show your kids where your molars are and let them look at your mouth with a flashlight. You can even tell your kids to wiggle their teeth around or scratch at their teeth, so that they know what kind of sensation to expect.

By preparing your kids for the dentist, their first trip to the dental chair will be a breeze. Plus, it just might be the inspiration they need to want to be a dentist themselves.

  1. Talk it Out

Just like with any big milestone that your child faces, they are bound to feel anxious and scared. If all else fails, talk it out with your child. Ask them questions like: “Why are you nervous” and “Tell me what you’re scared about?” That way you can address their questions and calm them down before they even step-foot in the dental office.

Getting yourself to the dentist is a chore within itself, but getting your children to the dentist is an even larger challenge. With these 3 tips, you can help you child feel a lot calmer and more at ease about their first time to the dentist.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.