Dental care represents a lifelong process of commitment for patients. All that changes, as you age, is what you specifically come up against in matters of oral care and how you go about preparing and executing a healthy response.

Firstly, parents will introduce their children to a toothbrush, marking the official start of the dental journey.

Afterward, new occurrences and responsibilities will arise, but, as long as they avoid excessive negligence, their teeth and gums can remain healthily intact.

Our team at Liberty Square Dental Group has put together an in-depth guideline for dental care that will help you, and your children, every step of the way.

How to Care for Your Baby’s First Teeth

How to care for your baby's first tooth

When to Start Brushing

Children, with the help of their parents, should commence brushing as soon as the first tooth pokes out. Not only do baby teeth aid children in eating and speaking, they directly influence the position that the permanent adult teeth will settle into. The earlier that your child understands the value of regular toothbrushing, the better. Soft-bristle brushes and fluoride toothpaste are recommended once the milk teeth appear, a combination that will work to remove bacteria and plaque.

First Tooth

Parents are advised to brush their baby’s teeth, using a circular motion that begins and finishes in the same spot on each tooth, and have the child look in the mirror to see how proper brushing is achieved. For two minutes in the morning and evening, brushing should be a part of your child’s daily routine. Also, teach them to spit instead of rinsing because it will preserve the benefits of fluoride. When children fail to get a head-start on their brushing and perhaps begin later than suggested, you might notice cavities in their mouth, in which case, you need to schedule a dental appointment.

When to Arrange the First Dental Visit

Like the toothbrushing itself, your child should be seeing the dentist after their milk teeth arrive. Within six months of the first tooth appearing or by their one-year birthday, a dental assessment needs to be scheduled.

Your child can then get comfortable with the entire dental experience, receive preventative treatments and follow-up appointments, learn more about brushing, and find out, in a moment of truth that both parties will be interested to hear the verdict on if you sufficiently cleaned their teeth throughout the early chapters of brushing.

It’s as much precautionary as it is educational since your children will eventually have to take their dental destiny into their own hands.

How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth

How to care for your child's teeth

Creating Their Oral Care Routine

Although you are no longer obligated to standby, brushing your child’s teeth as they attempt to wiggle away, you remain somewhat responsible for coming up with a healthy oral care system that they will follow. No need to overthink it; stick to the basics that they already picked up (brushing thoroughly for two minutes twice per day with fluoride toothpaste) and simply add to it. Discuss the importance of cleaning between their teeth, either with a string of dental floss or an interdental brush. If you didn’t get through with your initial message, employ some scare tactics by telling them about bleeding gums that result from a lack of brushing and flossing. That should prompt them to re-think their oral care routine.

Watching What They Eat

Teach your children to be mindful of their dietary decisions and set an early example by what you serve them, particularly with snacks. Over a prolonged period, consuming excess sugar can be detrimental to your child’s oral health. A healthy mouth largely hinges on what and when you eat, so keep a limit on sugary snacks, including fizzy drinks, and combine their treats with meals. Those carbonated beverages are filled with artificial sweeteners that are acidic, which can easily obliterate enamel. When they do indulge in one of these drinks, get them to use a straw because it will divert the drink to the back of the mouth and potentially protect the teeth.

What to do When a Tooth is Lost

Whatever you do, don’t panic; losing baby teeth is perfectly natural and your child’s teeth will generally come out in the same order they arrived. From the age of 4 to 7, depending on when their teeth first pierced through the gums (the earlier that teething starts, the quicker those baby teeth will loosen), your child’s milk teeth will fall out.

Should their baby teeth not be coming until after their seventh birthday, then you would be wise to consult a pediatric dentist and ensure there are no underlying issues. After a tooth does come fully dislodged, the gum may experience a small amount of bleeding, so have them rinse their mouth out with water. In the event of continuous bleeding, get your child to bite down on a piece of gauze or clean towel, as it should stop the bleeding within an hour.

How to Care for Your Pre-Teens Teeth

How Adult Teeth are Coming In

Your child’s permanent teeth will grow beneath the gums in the jawbone right under the baby teeth. Eventually, the root of each adult tooth begins to dissolve and the crown of the forthcoming permanent tooth forms in a pocket of space where the root of the baby tooth deteriorates. The baby teeth are loosened up and make way for the permanent teeth that push through the established pathway. While adult tooth eruption varies for every child, they often, predictably, come in pairs. Their first permanent teeth will be the molars that are considered extras, a label given to them because they aren’t acting as replacements for baby teeth.

How to Help Your Teenagers Care for Their Teeth

How to Help Your Teenagers Care for Their Teeth


When your child enters their teen years, an overbite, tightly-packed teeth, or gaps might become visible. Because of the early evaluation that you scheduled for him or her, our dentist can provide recommendations on orthodontic treatments that will correct these concerns and handle any underlying issues.


Cavities can be detected by several factors (pain, sensitivity, dental X-rays) and their severity will decide what treatment your child needs. Your options will be fluoride treatments (which may help restore the tooth’s enamel if the cavity just formed, potentially reversing it), fillings (the most common treatment option used when decay has surpassed its early stages), crowns (a customized fitting that functions as a cover, replacing your tooth’s natural crown), root canals (repairs a badly infected tooth by removing the diseased pulp and replacing it with a filling), and tooth extraction (for extremely decayed teeth that can’t be restored).

Wisdom Teeth

Found at the very rear of the mouth, wisdom teeth tend to take shape when your children are older, between ages 17 and 21. After our molars are our wisdom teeth, and for most of the population, they are an issue and serve no benefit. With two on top and two on the bottom, these molars are removed to avoid issues such as impaction, infection, cavities, bone loss surrounding the roots, lesions, a lack of room to brush and floss around the tooth, and any negative impact on nearby teeth. Wisdom teeth extraction is very commonly performed on teens and is only preformed to improve their overall oral health.

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