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How do I clean my baby’s teeth?

August 15th, 2018

Creating good dental hygiene habits early in your child’s life is essential to the health of his or her teeth, even when your infant doesn’t have any. By starting now, you can set the foundation for your son or daughter’s oral health later on in life.

When do I start?

The best time to begin brushing your baby’s teeth is before that first tooth ever comes in. Wipe your little one’s gums gently with a soft washcloth soaked in warm water every day. Not only will this help to get rid of bacteria in the mouth, but it will also familiarize your child with a daily brushing routine.

What do I use?

When your child’s teeth begin to emerge, it’s time to switch to a baby toothbrush. Select one with a big grip for your hand and a small head that’s easy to maneuver in your baby’s mouth.

Your little one won’t need toothpaste until he or she is about a year old; and even then, only a small amount is necessary. Apply an amount the size of a grain of rice and move to a pea-sized amount when your infant is about two years old.

By around six years, your child will probably rinse and spit without your help. At this time, you may introduce a child-friendly fluoride mouthwash.

How do I do it?

Until about age five or six, it’s likely your child will still need your help with brushing teeth. Gently scrub over all the teeth and gums, even where teeth have yet to come in. It may be helpful to explain what you are doing and how you are doing it, so your toddler can learn to brush her or his teeth alone.

Paired with regular visits with Dr. Pamela Clark at our Pearland, TX office, proper hygiene habits instilled in your child early on will set up a good foundation for a healthy mouth in the future.

Brushing Your Toddler’s Teeth

August 8th, 2018

At Pearland Pediatric Dentistry, we know that brushing your toddler’s teeth can be an intimidating prospect. So we’re providing a few tips in the hope of making the process a lot more easy, effective, and all-around enjoyable for everyone!

Start by getting into a position that gives you control and enables you to see well into your child’s mouth. If you can see clearly, you will be able to maneuver the toothbrush better around your son or daughter’s mouth for a better quality of brushing.

It’s important to choose a time when your toddler is calm. Have your little one sit with his or her favorite stuffed animal, or play a fun movie in the background so your child can focus on something comforting while you’re brushing.

Using a circular motion, brush all sides of their teeth. Be sure to let your toddler have a turn after you’re done, to start getting used to it. This way, he or she is more likely to repeat the brushing and flossing exercise when your youngster is old enough.

Dr. Pamela Clark and our team agree that brushing and flossing need to be performed with kindness and care. To ensure your child learns good dental hygiene habits early on, be gentle and make this time a happy, learning time.

Your child should also have regular appointments at our Pearland, TX office for checkups and cleanings to keep on track!

Summer Travels at Pearland Pediatric Dentistry

August 7th, 2018

At Pearland Pediatric Dentistry, we believe in the power of travel. In fact, one of Dr. Clark’s favorite things to do is experience new places with her family. This summer they were able to visit Lake Louise, Banff National Park, and Jasper National park together. They hiked up to the tea house in Lake Louise and shared their famous chocolate cake while taking in all the beautiful views. Her family loves to have fun outdoors!

Traveling is so important to Dr. Clark because it’s her time to be able to disconnect from her daily life and reconnect with her family. It’s also a great opportunity to start exposing her kids to all the wonderful things this world has to offer. Learning about other cultures and ways of life helps teach them flexibility and inclusiveness, and, hopefully, it gives them the courage to be adventurous.

The furthest places Dr. Clark has traveled to are Norway and Poland. Some of the spots on her travel bucket list are Peru to go to Machu Picchu and do the Inca trail, Africa to go on a safari and see all the beautiful animals, and just continue visiting different national parks in the U.S. to enjoy the beauty that’s already available to us.

While Dr. Clark may be guilty of overpacking at times (who isn’t, though?) her must-have items for any trip include some type of camera, a toothbrush, a hairbrush, comfortable shoes for exploring, and at least one set of clean clothes. And of course, a good book is never far behind!

One of Dr. Clark’s favorite memories is from when she went hiking with her family recently at the beginning of July. They were hiking in almost two feet of snow and on the way down they kept slipping in the snow and mud. To stay in good spirits, they sang Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and laughed their way down the mountain despite the slipping and sliding.

It doesn’t matter how far you’re traveling, just as long as you get the chance to get away from your daily routine every once in a while. It’s a great way to spend time with your loved ones and make some awesome memories along the way.

We’re looking forward to hearing about your summer travels next time you’re in the office! Don’t forget, we still have our drawing for Studio Movie Grill so be sure to participate.

What are Sealants?

August 1st, 2018

Sealants offer many benefits, but the best is their ability to protect your molars. Molars are full of small caverns that can be the perfect breeding ground for tooth decay and plaque buildup.

Use of protective sealants prevents this buildup from happening. Although children often receive sealants for routine preventive care, they aren’t the only ones who can benefit from this treatment. Sealants can also help adults who have deep canyons or grooves in their teeth.

They are commonly placed on the rear molars that tend to suffer the most decay. Because your molars are used substantially as grinding surfaces, food is more likely to be trapped among them.

Sealant solution consists a composite material that contains bonding agents that seal the top of your teeth. The process is quick and painless, which makes it a great solution for both children and adults who have had trouble with cavities and tooth decay. Sealants also last for several years, and repair is a simple process that can be completed by Dr. Pamela Clark.

The process of putting sealants on teeth starts with the tooth getting cleaned. We clean it with a type of baking soda spray called sodium bicarbonate. Then acid is etched onto the teeth to rough up the surface.

We apply an alcohol-based liquid to dry the area where the sealant is supposed to go. After it completely covers the surface of the treated teeth, the sealant is cured with a light that makes it hard and long-lasting.

Getting sealants can prevent the possible restorative costs that come from cavities. Sealants help to protect your tooth’s enamel from harmful acids and prevent decay, which can be an investment in itself. The whole process is quick, so it should be easy to schedule an appointment at Pearland Pediatric Dentistry.

Feel free to call our Pearland, TX location and we can answer any questions you have about this service.