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Redmond Kids Dentistry January 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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When Should You Expect the First Teeth to Erupt for Your Child?
As a parent, seeing your child get their first tooth is exciting, but it can also be a bit nerve wracking. You never want to see your child in pain. So, if you can be prepared for what may happen when your child begins teething, it can help you and your child survive it easier. Here are a few normal milestones and when you should expect them to show up, which will help your family be prepared for what is next.

The First Tooth for Your Child

For most babies, they will have their first tooth emerge between four months and seven months old. Typically, right around the time a child is six months old, they will have one or two teeth starting to show up. The first two teeth to show up usually are the two middle teeth in the bottom row. Once those two teeth have begun coming through, the two in the middle on the top follow.

This can be a difficult time for your child. Make sure you speak with us and your child’s pediatrician about recommendations on what you can do during this time. There a wide variety of options to help soothe their discomfort, and there are even forms of jewelry that parents can now wear for the child to chew on when teething.

If you noticed that your child’s first tooth is starting to emerge, give us a call. We can help keep track of your child’s dental development and help them through the rough teething process.

How Games Help Kids Brush
There are many different games that can make brushing more fun for kids. Something as simple as using dye tablets to see where debris is left after brushing can be a great game for kids. First, you and your child both brush as your normally would. Following brushing, you both chew a tablet that contains a harmless dye revealing plaque remaining on your teeth. Whoever has less dye left wins!

Another thing you can do is set up a brushing game each night. If your child remembers to brush for at least two minutes, they get to pick out a story, a short game, or a special nightlight that they can use for the night. This way, it engages their attention, and they get a bonus reward other than good oral health!

How Sleeping with Your Mouth Open Hurts Your Mouth
When you sleep with your mouth open, your mouth is likely to get dry. This means that your producing less saliva, and there is not enough to help keep your teeth clean and protected. The saliva washes away food particles and bacteria, helping to prevent decay, inflammation, and gingivitis. If left unchecked and untreated, these factors can contribute to gum recession, tooth loss, bone loss, dental implant failure, and more.

By sleeping with your mouth open, the saliva in your mouth dries out, and you become more susceptible to all these issues. If you constantly sleep with your mouth open, make sure to come in and talk to us about it. We can help!

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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