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Redmond Kids Dentistry January 2021 Newsletter
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Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.
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How to Keep the Gums of Babies Clean Before You Can Brush
Dental care for a child should begin before the first tooth emerges. Maintaining healthy gums is vital to good oral care, and cleaning a child's gums will prevent problems with the child's baby teeth.

Why An Early Start to Dental Care Is Important
Although most bacteria in the mouth will not directly damage babies' gums, the bacteria can harm the babies' emerging teeth. Since there is no reliable way to predict when babies begin to teethe, routinely cleaning babies' gums is a good practice to protect the emerging baby teeth. Also, starting dental care early will get the babies accustomed to having non-food items in their mouths, which will prove useful when the child is ready to work with dental tools such as toothbrushes and dental floss.

Dental Care for Babies Before Teeth Emerge
Parents and guardians can clean babies' gums with damp gauze or a soft, wet washcloth. Before teeth emerge, there is no need to use toothpaste or mouthwash. Also, the light pressure that parents and guardians exert on babies' gums can act as a counter to the pressure of emerging teeth, providing temporary pain relief to teething babies.

Dental Care for Babies After Teeth Emerge
After a baby's first tooth emerges, the parents or guardians should purchase a baby toothbrush and brush the baby's teeth and gums twice a day. Parents or guardians should also schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist for guidance regarding what types of toothpaste and mouthwash - if any - should be used for cleaning the baby's teeth.

Types of Pediatric Dental Emergencies
A pediatric dental emergency is any situation that puts a child in jeopardy of losing a tooth, causes a child's mouth tissues to bleed continuously, or gives the child extreme pain. Parents should either schedule an emergency dental appointment or take their child to the nearest emergency room when a pediatric dental emergency occurs.

Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies
Knocked-out teeth are often caused by injuries related to sports and roughhousing. Chipped or fractured teeth have similar causes, though a chipped or damaged tooth can endanger the tissues in the child's mouth. Oral infections that make it difficult for children to breathe or swallow are also dental emergencies.

Effects of Neglecting Regular Dental Care
Routine oral care is the most effective way to guarantee great oral health. The converse is true; neglecting oral health routines such as brushing twice a day will allow harmful bacteria to fortify themselves, spread, and cause widespread damage to the patient's mouth.

Poor Oral Care Affects the Entire Body
Neglecting dental care can cause problems in the mouth including gum disease, loose or missing teeth, bad breath, and infections. Studies show that there are links between poor oral health and Alzheimer's disease. Harmful bacteria that travel from the mouth to the heart can increase the chances of getting strokes or heart disease. Bacteria that end up in the lungs can trigger bronchitis or pneumonia. Poor oral health care for women can prevent pregnancies or lead to premature birth.

Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.



Redmond Kids Dentistry | www.redmondkidsdentistry.com | (425) 558-4562
16650 NE 79th Street, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052



 

 

 
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