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Importance Of Children's Oral Health

Teaching young children proper dental hygiene early in their lives promotes lifelong, effective oral health. Your family dentist, Dr. Bernard Pak, encourages you to maintain proper oral hygiene at home. You should also visit Kirkland Smiles Dental Care in Kirkland, WA, every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning.

Good Habits Begin Early

You may not realize that preventative care can begin even before your child shows signs of baby teeth growing in. Tooth decay can occur with baby teeth, and can even potentially damage future permanent teeth, which is why it's vital to begin protecting your child's teeth early. With infants, dampening a soft cloth and gently wiping their gums after every feeding will remove harmful oral bacteria, preventing any buildup.

Once your child's baby teeth begin appearing, you may brush them delicately using a small, and very soft-bristled toothbrush with a light amount of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.

Once your child reaches their first birthday, they need regular dental visits with your family dentist in Kirkland, WA. At Kirkland Smiles Dental Care, Dr. Pak will ensure the proper development and care of your child's baby teeth.

Developing cavities is one of the biggest dental issues young children experience, with sugar being the frontrunner behind the cause. But like all things, sugary foods in moderation followed with proper brushing with fluoridated toothpaste should reasonably protect your child's teeth. Fluoride treatments are regularly provided for children, as the mineral protects the surface of the teeth from tooth decay.

Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene With Family Dentistry

The older your child grows, the more important it becomes for them to continue practicing good dental care habits. Helping your child brush their teeth and monitor their technique can further reinforce appropriate brushing and flossing.

Your family dentist in Kirkland, WA, Dr. Pak, is happy to assist you in keeping your child's smile healthy. Contact Kirkland Smiles Dental Care today to schedule an appointment by calling (425) 893-9500.

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