Hygiene starts at infancy, and becomes even more important as your children grow their first set of baby teeth, referred to as deciduous teeth by dental professionals. Dental health care for children has two components: preventative care at Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics, and preventative care at home.

Dental Care & Children

By the time your child reaches their first birthday, the American Dental Association recommends children visit a pediatric dentist every six months for regular check-ups. Our children’s oral hygiene specialists examine early signs of tooth decay and track tooth development as your child grows. During a typical visit to one of our offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico your child will have a teeth cleaning and we’ll carefully address any concerns. We may apply fluoride to your child’s teeth and coat their molars with a dental sealant when they emerge, typically at age two or three.

Kids’ Oral Health – Hygiene Tips

Our dentists are committed to helping parents and children develop good dental care habits at home. Some general children’s dental health care tips:
  • Thumb sucking should be discouraged after age 5. Otherwise, the placement of your child’s teeth may be affected.
  • Avoid sugary drinks and candy that could lead to cavities or childhood gum disease.
  • Rinse toys and pacifiers with warm water to avoid bacteria from putting your child’s oral health at risk.
  • Never allow your child to sleep with a sippy cup. Doing so could result in serious damage to their teeth and gums.
We practice gentle dentistry at Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics and are happy to share tips and techniques for optimal at-home oral hygiene—from how to brush to making flossing more fun—from infancy to adolescence.

Children’s Dental Health Specialists

If you have questions about your child’s oral hygiene, ask a children’s oral hygiene specialist at one of Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics’ two locations in Albuquerque, NM. From infancy to adolescence, we are your child’s dental home. Contact us today to learn more about oral health and your children.

Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics strives to provide the best pediatric dentistry in Albuquerque, NM. Call our caring staff at our Westside location at 505-892-9010 or our Northeast Heights office at 505-299-9606 to set up an appointment.