Each year, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) publishes studies, resources, and recommendations related to dental care for children. As the leading voice in pediatric dental care, AAPD recommendations hold great weight when it comes to dentistry.
While you can access all the reports at their website, we want to distill the most important information for you. This way, you know the take-aways and most important aspects of pediatric dental care for your family.
Consider these recommendations as you develop an oral health plan for your family!
1. Visit The Dentist At Least Twice Per Year
According to their resource guide on regular dental visits, the AAPD recommends that most children should visit a pediatric dentist twice a year. If a child is more susceptible to tooth decay or has a history of poor oral health, they might need more frequent dental check-ups.
Dental visits are imperative for children because of the professional cleanings and preventative care that they offer. During a routine dental visit and cleaning, your dentist should perform:
- Teeth cleanings to remove plaque and debris
- Fluoride rinses to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities
- Education about good brushing and flossing techniques
- Examination of the jaw, gums, and neck
If your child is due for a dental check up, call our local dental office in San Diego!
2. Monitor Your Child’s Dental Routine
Like any skill, children need to learn healthy oral hygiene. It helps if you’re involved and firm about what constitutes good brushing and flossing.
According to the AAPD, promoting these behaviors can help your child to prevent cavities and to build strong teeth.
- Watch out for frequent snacking between meals
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss at least once a day
- Get sealants when needed to avoid further decay
- Attend dental check-ups at least twice per year
- Encourage hydration, especially with water that is fluoridated (most tap water and some bottled water)
Good dental hygiene starts with proactive education. Make sure to be a part of your child’s oral care!
3. Visit The Dentist After The First Tooth
As soon as your baby develops their first tooth, it’s time to see the pediatric dentist. According to the AAPD’s pamphlet on preventative dentistry, seeing a dentist at this early stage can help to promote lifelong oral hygiene.
It’s also important to establish a good relationship with your pediatric dentist. If you find a good one, there’s a strong chance they’ll treat your child up until they go to college!
About Estrella Dental in San Diego
Our local dental office in San Diego is committed to dental care for the entire family. Doctors Miguel and Jaime Estrella (they’re brothers) have been a part of the San Diego community for decades, and it is their mission to bring quality dental care to the entire community.
Whether your child just grew their first tooth or you’re looking for a more supportive family dentist, our dental clinic is here for you.