Your child should be naturally proud of his or her smile. It expresses joy, laughter, and fun! To make sure your child has a healthy and appealing smile, start early. Really early.
Dr. Stephen Ratcliff recommends that you bring your child in for their first dental visit soon after their first birthday. An early check is the first step in preventing troubles and setting the stage for lifelong dental health. Dr. Ratcliff will keep the visit short, but perform a thorough visual examination to make sure there are no concerns.
Dr. Ratcliff will guide you on good dental procedures at home, such as correct brushing and flossing. You will also be guided regarding healthy eating choices and the consequences of poor choices. It is especially essential to keep your toddler from eating sticky or hard candies that lodge in molars and spaces between teeth. It is also important to monitor the amount of juice they drink and keep it in a cup instead of a bottle.
Any time sugary foods or drinks are in contact with teeth, the enamel is weakened from the acid those substances contain. Prolonged exposure begins to wear the enamel away, setting the stage for cavities. Unlike broken bones that regenerate, once enamel is gone, it’s essentially gone, though fluoride can remineralize weakened enamel to a small degree.
Promoting a healthy, low sugar diet is always prime for your toddler’s teeth. If your baby or toddler needs a bottle to calm down and go to sleep, make sure that the bottle contains only water.
Other important habits are to brush and floss your teeth in front of your child. (If you have never been regular flossing – it’s time to start!) Let them see that it is a priority and a comfortable habit in your life. Brush their teeth with a soft bristled brush and a small amount of toothpaste. Let them try it, but always go over their teeth afterward, making sure each tooth is brushed. When finished, give them a cup of water to help rinse the toothpaste out.
Before coming to Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington, talk to your child about the upcoming appointment and let them know that their teeth are going to be checked. Dr. Ratcliff will help your child feel proud of their effort and help them have a favorable visit, the first of many to come.
Call Dr. Ratcliff at 817-274-7875 to schedule an appointment. Remember also to call any time between scheduled visits with any questions or concerns that might arise. We are committed to your child’s lifelong dental health.
Dr. Ratcliff serves many families in the Grand Prairie area with expertise and compassion. Some of our patients come from Arlington, Mansfield, and Grand Prairie. At Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we love working with children and will help your child have a positive experience learning to care for their teeth.
At Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we focus our efforts on . Each member of our warm and friendly team is passionate about making our youngest patients feel safe and comfortable. Our patients enjoy the friendly atmosphere while benefitting from our state-of-the-art technology.
Some of our most popular services include dental implants, dentures and porcelain veneers. We are located at 909 W Mitchell St in Arlington.
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