Getting an early start to oral health care is the #1 way to insure your child will develop healthy habits to last them a lifetime. Here are some helpful dental tips to start using almost from birth to begin to teach your child that healthy smiles are happy smiles.
Nursing and bottle-feeding mothers can begin the process by using a clean finger to wipe the baby’s gums post-feeding. Dad’s should be encouraged to get in on the act too all through this process. When teeth appear, get your child used to your gentle touch in their mouth by using with a damp, clean cloth or specially made wipe like Spiffies to clean off milk and food residue. (Extra tip: We recommend you identify your dental home before you actually need one and definitely before your child’s first birthday.)
As soon as your child can hold objects, give them a toothbrush and introduceit into their cleaning routine. Let your child play with their toothbrush, showing them how to brush the teeth of their favorite stuffed animal or toy, then show them how to do it on themselves. Make brushing your teeth a fun time and let your child brush your teeth, too. Needless to say, lavish praise and cheers will reinforce their budding brushing skills.
Toddlers present a variety of challenges and regular brushing may be high on that list. Your once compliant baby, is now a terror-filled “No Monster” and brushing their teeth has become a battle. What’s most important is brushing regularly not how much time is spent brushing. Ten seconds twice a day, everyday can be expanded easily over time. Fighting to do a full two minutes of brushing will bring negative results and undo all the good work you have done to date. Try singing their favorite song or playing two minutes of fun music to get them into the brushing groove. If all else fails, using rewards like extra reading time, a fun sticker or stamp on a reward chart can go a long way towards helping your child make good oral health care decisions.
The bottom line is when you make oral health care a fun experience for the entire family, you’re all on your way to creating healthy habits that last a lifetime.
Do you have any tips or ideas on how to make learning to brush teeth regularly fun? Please share you favorite tips below.
The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Association of Pediatricians (AAP) both recently released findings that say parents should completely avoid giving juice in infants before the age of one. Sugar consumption is the leading cause of dental decay in children and for these young babies juice appears to be the culprit.
After 6 months of age, if juice is recommended by your pediatrician, this report says it’s wiser to use a cup, so the juice is fully ingested and not left to linger with a nipple on the teeth. Even better is giving your child real fruit as the juice has less nutritional value. The sad fact is the that consumption of juice has been attributed with a rise in dental caries in babies under 1. It was also found that diluting the juice with water has no effect in stemming the dental health risks.
Drs. Jill and Michael Lasky have always recommended that parents put their baby to sleep with a bottle of anything except water. And now with the results of this new study, it’s more important than ever to heed this warning to avoid dental caries in your child. They also recommend introducing teeth cleaning to your child as soon as the baby’s first tooth comes in, by using a damp diaper or products like Spiffies to wipe down their teeth after they drink milk from a breast or a bottle. Milk sugars can also cause dental caries. Plus, the earlier your child is introduced to this most important habit of teeth brushing, the easier it will be to sustain it through their lives.
Whether you are about to become parents for the first time, or are looking for a new pediatric dentist, Dr. Michael Lasky, give you an idea what questions you need to ask to find the perfect one for your family.
One of the most important tips, is when to choose a pediatric dentist. The ideal time is before you need one and Drs. Jill and Michael Lasky encourage you to come by our offices, meet them and the rest of the team to see what makes us a family-friendly, fear-free zone.
Jennifer is a first-time mom of an adorable baby boy. He chipped his tooth she went to her pediatrician who recommended she see a pediatric dentist. One of her friends referred her to Lasky Pediatric Dental Group and this is her story.
Parents what would you do if your child had a dental emergency? If it’s appears to be something minor, you most likely can treat it yourself. But if your child’s tooth has been knocked out, is very loose and/or if they are bleeding and it doesn’t stop fairly soon, you should definitely see your pediatric dentist.
If you are having a pediatric dental emergency, rest assured you will be able to have your child attended to 24/7. Just call our office during regular business hours, to arrange for your child to be seen as soon as possible. If it is after regular business hours, even if it’s in the middle of the night, Dr. Jill and/or Dr. Michael Lasky can be reached via their pager. Yes, the pediatric dentists still use pagers. Dr. Michael explains why in this video.
And Whether your child is one of our regulars patients or even if they are not, these dedicated pediatric dentists make themselves available any time they are needed. They will even come into the office in the middle of the night, if your child needs immediate attention. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to call, we can let you know how to treat the situation at home. The bottom line is your child’s oral health is our #1 priority.
If you have any other questions about this or any other of our services, we invite you to write or call us.
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At Lasky Pediatric Dental Group, our mission is make sure our all of our young patients never have an unpleasant dental experience. Children are never pushed to be treated before they’re receptive and sometimes we ask parents to come in a couple of times before their first exam to familiarize themselves with the office setting.
The Lasky Pediatric Dental Group prides itself on being a fear-free zone. Once in our office, if your child does not want to go into our exam room and sit in the dental chair – even on mom’s lap – we might take them to the toy box or our home-like waiting room and do the exam there. In our Dr. Jill explains the clever ways she and Dr. Michael get their young patients to enjoy their visits. Are your children afraid of the dentist?
Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s Dr. Jill Lasky was asked to contribute to a KTLA Channel 5 Health Smart report. The result is a very informative segment from reporter Lu Parker on how best to keep your children cavity-free in spite of summer’s sugary temptations.
Whether you are a new parent looking for your first pediatric dentist or are trying to find a new one, do you know the right questions to ask so you can find the best dental home for your family? Dr. Michael Lasky gives some of the best questions parents should ask when looking for a new oral health care practitioner for your child.
Please feel free to call us at the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group during regular business hours if you have any more questions: 818-465-7545 or if you have a DENTAL EMERGENCY, Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky can be reached on our 24/7 EMERGENCY PAGER: 818-215-0102