Armbrust Dental is a family dental practice that serves patients of all ages, including children as young as three. Dr. Henley and our team work hard to create an environment where patients of all ages will feel comfortable, safe, and happy.
Why should children visit the dentist?
The benefits of seeing the dentist as a child are the same as anyone seeing a dentist: to ensure a lifetime of oral health and beautiful smiles. However, with children, visits to our office are much more important as children are at a greater risk for developing cavities.
Children should visit our Omaha dental office at least twice a year so we can provide routine checkups and monitor the development of their teeth and jaws for proper alignment. There are times when early orthodontic intervention may be necessary for properly aligned teeth to develop.
We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child's teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your child's regular checkups.
Learn about Your Child’s Teeth
When New Teeth Arrive
Your child's first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child's gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.
Your child's primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32, including wisdom teeth).
Healthy Oral Hygiene at Home
As your child's teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When your baby's tooth erupts, brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by Dr. Henley.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and Dr. Henley will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact our Omaha dental office immediately.