It’s wise to establish good oral health habits as a family to set your children up for a lifetime of having a healthy smile. Pierson Dental is family-friendly and open to patients of all ages who live in Sicklerville, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas of Williamstown, Glassboro, Clayton, and Franklinville. Expert dentist Dr. Melvin Pierson and his team are kind and compassionate to make both children and adults feel happy and comfortable when visiting. To learn more about family dental services, call the office or book an appointment online.
Baby teeth are an essential part of your child’s health and development. Infants usually have teeth push through the gums at around six months of age, but it’s normal for some children not to get their first tooth until they’re 12-14 months old.
Baby teeth play a role in nutrition because without healthy teeth, it’s hard to chew. They also influence speech development and self-confidence, and they hold space for permanent teeth. When a child loses their baby teeth too soon, or they decay, it poses a risk to the integrity of your child’s adult smile.
Dr. Pierson provides your child with education and information about how to care for their teeth. He can also help make individual recommendations based on your child’s health history and dental needs.
Your child should get to the dentist before their first birthday, or right after their first tooth comes in. During this initial visit, Dr. Pierson can teach you how to clean your child’s teeth correctly as well as check for any problems or decay.
Both adults and children need dental check-ups with professional cleanings twice a year to allow Dr. Pierson to identify any problems before they become serious. These visits help to keep your child’s teeth healthy as they grow and develop.
The office offers fluoride treatments to all members of your family as a helpful and safe preventive service to make your enamel stronger and less prone to cavities.
You can conveniently schedule all your family’s dental cleanings and checkups in the same timeframe to save time making extra trips to the office. Plus, the practice offers a discount plan that can help you save as a family on dental care. Inquire about this in-house savings plan available only at Pierson Dental.
Wipe your baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or piece of moist gauze. Brush them with a soft child’s toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste twice per day when your child’s teeth start to emerge. Children ages three to six should use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste to brush all teeth twice per day. At this age, it’s crucial you supervise brushing to ensure they do a thorough job and don’t swallow the toothpaste.
As your child grows older and starts playing sports, consult Dr. Pierson for a custom sports guard to protect their teeth from injury. Stressed out teenagers and adults, may also benefit from a custom night guard to protect your teeth from nighttime grinding or clenching.
All members of the family should brush twice daily, floss once daily, and schedule regular professional cleanings to keep decay at bay.
It can be hard for children to do an extensive job of brushing and flossing their teeth, so cavities are almost inevitable. Dr. Pierson may recommend dental sealants, which are thin protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth. They add extra protection, in addition to regular brushing and flossing, to help prevent tooth decay that leads to cavities.
Pierson Dental has appointment times before and after work as well on Saturdays to meet the needs of every member of your family. Call the office or book an appointment online today.