SMILE FACTS

SMILE FACTS

Here at Little White Tooth we know little teeth. Everything we do is focused on your child and creating a positive happy experience for their oral health. Check out the slider below to learn about some common dental facts.

AGE-SPECIFIC DENTAL FACTS

Hover on the dots below to read about common dental stages

13 - 19 MONTHS

Teething usually starts around 6 months and continues until 2-3 years old. Clean your infant’s gums with a soft cloth or finger brush twice a day before teething. Daily oral care helps your baby get used to having their mouth cleaned. Once the first tooth erupts transition to a soft bristle brush with a non-fluoridated training toothpaste. Cavity-forming bacteria can be passed through saliva, be aware sharing utensils or drinks can put your child at higher risk of dental decay. Go ahead and schedule your baby’s first dental visit by their 1st birthday, it’s complimentary at our Little White Tooth before the 1st birthday!

19 - 28 MONTHS

Keep only water in no-spill training cups except during meal time. Frequent drinking of any other liquid, even if diluted, from a bottle or no-spill training cup can increase your child’s risk of tooth decay.  Be careful with the number of juices and sugary drinks your little one consumes each day. We recommend no more than 4-6 ounces each day of these types of beverages for children over the age of 1 year old, and no juice or sugary drinks before the age of 1. Bottles or sippy cups should not be used at naptime or bedtime unless they only have water in them.

2 - 5 YEARS

Begin flossing when two teeth start touching, flossers are an easy tool to get in tiny mouths. Pacifier, thumb sucking, and finger sucking habits should be discontinued by the 2nd birthday.  At each dental visit, Dr. Veneberg will examine how the teeth and jaws are growing and will give you advice and tips if habits continue past age 2.

6 - 9 YEARS OLD

Your child may want to brush their own teeth, that’s ok, however until about age 6, children need an adult to brush and floss their teeth twice daily. Try brushing your child's teeth first, then let him or her finish. At each dental visit, we will see whether your child’s teeth have or are showing early signs of cavities. Our team will also provide you with oral hygiene instructions and guidance regarding diet, nutrition and other oral habits. The right nutrition and a simple fluoride treatment may be a sufficient alternative to a filling or restoration.

10 - 12 YEARS OLD

These are the habit of making or breaking years, where the teeth are developing and growing, so your child’s teeth need to be evaluated more closely. Our team will provide you with oral hygiene instructions to address habits and prevent decay on the permanent teeth growing in. Eruption time of the permanent teeth varies from child to child, even the difference of a year is considered normal. This is the mixed dentition stage-12 baby teeth & 12 permanent teeth. Dr. Veneberg will evaluate the eruption of the new teeth and recommend dental sealants to help prevent cavities on the new molars. Assistance with brushing and flossing may still be needed for some children.

13 - 17 YEARS OLD

The last baby tooth will be lost during this time. The baby molars and canines will be replaced with new permanent teeth. Since it’s possible to get a cavity on a newly erupted tooth, keeping the smile clean and healthy is very important.

SPECIAL NEEDS

Finding appropriate dental care for a special needs child can be a challenge for parents – and it can also be an afterthought when dealing with other pressing health issues. Dr. Veneberg has dedicated her practice to helping special needs children get the care they deserve and educating and supporting their families. Below, Dr. Veneberg shares her top tips and recommendations for special needs children and their families to ensure their first visit to a pediatric dentist by age one is a positive experience for the whole family.

Provide your pediatric dentist with information about your child prior to the first visit

Make note of anything about your child that could help the visit go smoothly. Pre-visit is the perfect time to ask questions, voice concerns and make sure that you and your new pediatric dentist are on the same page.

Prepare yourself and your child for the first visit

Stay positive and make your child excited about the visit! You can even start to prepare them early by saying we’re going to visit an old friend next week and then drive by the office to show them where you’ll be going. Be sure to read the information your pediatric dentist sends in advance of your appointment so you know what to expect and can prepare your child.

Make dental health a priority at home from day one

Special needs parents may be dealing with multiple, significant health needs in their children, it’s important not to let oral health slip to the back burner. Parents can help their children become familiar with great oral health when they are very young by wiping their gums with a wet washcloth and ensuring they don’t take bottles to bed filled with sugary drinks. Consistent routines that promote oral health and drinking water throughout the day can be important measures in helping keep teeth clean at home.