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Redmond Kids Dentistry December 2019 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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Babies Need Clean Gums to Help Them Develop Healthy Teeth
Before parents can feel any tooth beginning to erupt in a baby's mouth, the teeth are developing under the gums. The healthier the gums and the rest of the mouth are as these teeth develop, the healthier the teeth have the potential to be when they come through the gums. In order to help keep the mouth clean, we need to take steps to wipe off the gums. Here are ways of keeping the mouth of your baby as clean as possible.

Start with a Clean, Wet Washcloth to Wipe the Gums

By using a simple, clean washcloth, keeping a baby's gums clean is easy. It just needs to be wet with water, then rubbed gently over all the gum surfaces in the mouth. This should take under 60 seconds and should be done twice daily when a baby is young. The washcloth picks up any debris and bacteria on the gums, allowing the mouth to remain healthy. As teeth begin to erupt, this routine should be kept up with. Once several teeth have come through, parents can switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush and a tiny dot of baby-safe toothpaste. However, this does not need to start until there are several teeth in the mouth.

If you want to help your child develop healthy teeth, it is important that you take a few minutes out of each day to clean your baby's gums. That way, the teeth erupt into a healthy environment and have the best chances of developing into strong baby teeth.

How We Can Help Ease Dental Anxiety in Children
Parents often believe that their children will not struggle with any type of dental anxiety. However, that is rarely true, especially if the parent fears seeing the dentist. When a child becomes fearful, they may minimize any pain they are in to avoid coming to see us. When kids are anxious, we can help. We can explain what is going on in terms they will understand, show them the tools we use, and even help by way of distraction from movies or music. We have options to help nervous children. You just have to bring them to us so we can help calm their fears.

Is Tea As Good for the Mouth As People Think?
Tea has long been touted as a savior of the mouth. It is healthier than most drinks and it can help restore balance to an acidic mouth. However, do you know that it also carries danger to the teeth? It is slightly acidic and can leave teeth worse for wear if people drinking it and do not maintain their mouths afterwards. While it is not nearly as dangerous as soda or citrus juices can be, it does still damage the teeth over time. If you want to add tea to your diet, cut down on beverages that have acid or sugar, and make sure to opt for green tea. It does less damage than black tea and improves oral health more, too.

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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