Dentist in Citrus Heights engages caregivers to promote children’s healthy habits
Your child carries good experiences at Sacramento Natural Dentistry into adulthood. With gentle techniques such as innovative injections where young patients aren’t even aware they “got a shot,” your holistic Children’s Dentist in Citrus Heights helps ensure the lifelong oral health of your little one.
The earliest appointments
Generally, it’s recommended that your child visit the dentist before his or her first birthday or as soon as a tooth erupts. It is never too early for the experienced dental team to provide helpful and proactive information to parents. Even before baby is born, the dentist will monitor mother’s health. The American Dental Association notes increased progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy change how tissues react to plaque, increasing the risk of gum disease.
The American Academy of Periodontology cites several studies, which suggest women with gum disease are more likely to deliver babies prematurely and with low birth-weights than mothers with healthy gums. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports babies who weigh less than five and a half pounds at birth and who are born at least three weeks prematurely are at risk of long-term respiratory, feeding, and digestive problems.
One of the biggest problems Sacramento Natural Dentistry sees is “bottle caries” which refers to decay in early childhood. This decay is linked to a common habit: Parents use bottles of juice or sugary drinks to lull baby to sleep.
Caregivers can also pass cariogenic or decay-producing bacteria on to baby via sharing spoons or even moistening pacifiers. Children emulate their parents. Demonstrate proper flossing technique, and brushing of your teeth, gums, and tongue at least two minutes, twice-daily.
Choose “mouth-healthy” foods rich in calcium, protein, phosphorus, and fiber that are low in sugars, including:
- Most cheeses
- Non-acidic fruits and veggies
Call (916) 823-8585 to schedule a consultation.
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