As a parent, there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing your child’s precious smile. Giving them the ability to smile with confidence begins with pediatric dental care. This allows us to monitor their oral development and help them feel comfortable when they visit their children’s dentist in Encinitas.
Dr. Mario A. Godinez is a parent himself, and he loves building relationships with children starting around age three. At this age, we find that children can comfortably sit in the dental chair and sometimes even have their teeth cleaned. However, we never move forward with any type of procedure until your child feels relaxed and ready for it.
Early Dental Care for Children
Did you know that taking care of your son or daughter’s smile should begin before their first teeth even arrive? Massaging and wiping your infant’s gums with a wet, soft cloth after feedings ensures that their mouth stays bacteria-free.
Brush your child's baby teeth twice a day as soon as they come in, using a toothbrush made for tiny mouths. Be sure to use a toothpaste that is safe to swallow. Once your child learns how to spit, around the age of two or three years old, you can use a toothpaste that has fluoride.
Your child will need your assistance with brushing their teeth until the ages of seven or eight years old. Showing them how to brush and floss their teeth during this time will help them build good habits for the future.
Make Dental Care Fun for Your Child
You can encourage brushing and flossing at home by making it fun and getting your son or daughter involved in their oral health. Let them choose their toothbrush and toothpaste, as there are fun characters, colors, and flavors to choose from.
As your child gets older, you might consider using an electric toothbrush as it will time their brushing and ensure they’re completing the recommended two minutes.
We’re Here for All of Your Children’s Needs
As your kids get older, Dr. Godinez may recommend additional services for them, such as protective dental sealants and fluoride treatments.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen your little one’s teeth and protect against the damage caused by tooth decay. Tooth sealants are a protective coating that covers the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars. Sealants fill in the natural pits and grooves in a tooth that can house the bacteria that leads to tooth decay.
Does your active child participate in sports? Talk with Dr. Godinez about the right mouthguard to protect their smile from the accidents or injuries that are sports-related.
Give Us a Call for Pediatric Dentistry in Encinitas
If it’s time for your son or daughter’s next dental appointment, give our Encinitas dental office a call today to schedule your child's dental exam.