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Caring For Your Child’s Teeth Fort Mill, SC
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When it comes to caring for a child’s teeth, parents hold the complete responsibility until a child is old enough to do it himself/herself. For many parents, they are unaware of how early this importance begins. Once a child’s teeth begin to emerge inside the mouth, they need to be cared for just like adult teeth. That means that as early as 4-6 months when the first baby tooth erupts inside the mouth that parents need to be brushing their child’s teeth.

Tooth decay is the leading chronic childhood illness in America, yet it is entirely preventable. The teeth must be cared for diligently in order to prevent the damaging effects of plaque. Plaque is caused by the chemical reaction between bacteria and particles left behind in the mouth after eating or drinking anything other than water. Because babies are fed milk (breast milk or formula) and as soon as they begin eating baby foods, their teeth are constantly assaulted by plaque. Plaque is made up of millions of acid-producing bacteria, and it spreads throughout the mouth each day.

All teeth need to be brushed at least twice a day and flossed daily in order to remain healthy and free from the damaging effects of dental plaque. Parents need to begin caring for their child’s teeth as soon as they erupt inside the mouth. From 6-months of age to 3-years, a smear of fluoride toothpaste should be used with a child-sized toothbrush. As the child ages, a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste should be used. Just as with adult teeth, the child’s teeth should be brushed in the morning and at bedtime, with no other foods or beverages given unless the teeth will be brushed again. It is essential that a child go to bed with clean teeth so that the teeth are not constantly under assault from damaging plaque throughout the night.

As children grow and mature, they will need to learn to care for their own teeth. While parents are the best sources of good examples for proper oral hygiene, children should be supervised until they are capable of taking care of their teeth. Children can often be encouraged to brush properly with fun apps from Disney® and other child-friendly sources that are easily incorporated into your tooth brushing ritual.

At Gold Hill Dentistry, we want to encourage you to bring your child in early for his or her first dental appointment. We want to partner with you as a family to promote, achieve, and maintain optimal oral health. Call us today.

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466

Our Client Reviews

Gold Hill Dentistry

4.4 / 5.0

Based on 97 reviews

Marsha Rose

The staff at Gold Hill Dentistry is wonderful. They are polite, professional and helpful I have a history of working as both a dental assistant and hygienist in another state. I’m extremely particular when it comes to my dental care. My daughter recommended Gold Hill. I am very pleased with my dental care. I highly recommend the practice.

Don Rowley

The entire staff at Gold Hill Family Dentistry are professional, friendly, and very good at what they do. I’ve made numerous recommendations to family and friends. Very happy with the dental work they do. Scheduling, insurance processing, and follow up are always first class. Dr Kavi is the man.

Angelique Autumn McGowan

I highly recommend this dental practice. The staff are gracious, helpful, courteous and accommodating. Dr. Sagunarthy is a wonderful dentist. This is from someone who has always suffered with dental and gum issues. He is current on dental information, kind, gentle and professional! I am so happy to have found this practice!

Richard DeCristo

Dr. Sagunarthy is one of if not the best dentist I ever went to. He recently replaced a crown that was botched by another dentist and the procedure was done perfectly and painlessly. I first went to Gold Hill Dentistry for a second opinion on four crowns and maybe a root canal I needed asap from another dentist in Fort Mill. As it turned out I needed the crown replacement and only one other at a later date. That’s about $6000.00 I saved leaving this OTHER FORT MILL DENTIST. In addition to this wonderful dentist, the total staff is outstanding.

Chrissy Jaselskis

Awesome dentist. Everyone was nice and professional. Very thorough job cleaning my teeth. Lots of great conversations. Staff made an uncomfortable place for me very comfortable. Thank you.

Thomas Dorsett

Very professional and caring staff. Highly recommend the service, they take personal care with all patience. I have experienced some of the best Hygienist.

Bill Strickland

Great staff. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Would heartily recommend as they have been taking care of my family for years.

Midge Zimmerman

I have dental anxiety. I dreaded locating a dentist after recently moving to the area. I had gone to another dentist in the area but quickly changed to Gold Hill Denistry. Dr. Sagarnathy and staff are always kind, gentle and concerned with my well being. They also do a really good dental work. Other than routine work, I have had an implant, and chipped tooth repaired, all are doing well.

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2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466