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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

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Gold Hill Dentistry

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"When I moved I tried another dental practice. Mistake. Now I drive an hour to still use Gold Hill Dentistry. Everyone from the administrative staff to the dentist are professional, kind, and good at what they do."


"This was my first appointment with Gold Hill Dentistry so I didn’t exactly know what to expect. However prior to my visit I did google their reviews which were exceptional. That being said, my first visit certainly align with their online reviews! Gold Hill Dentistry’s staff were warm, professional but personable, and they made me feel very comfortable from the moment I entered their office and throughout the entire time services were performed. My cleaning results were great and my teeth and gums felt wonderful! I look forward to a long relationship with Gold Hill Dentistry!"


"As soon as you walk in you are greeted like family. Very clean, homie feeling office. Staff and Dr. Setty super friendly, kind and professional."


"Gold Hill Dentistry is the absolute best! From the front desk, to the hygienists, to the doctor, they were all great. They bent over backwards to accommodate my special health situation and urgent scheduling needs. And the drilling/filling they did was the quickest and most painless I've ever had. Don't think twice about making them your new go-to for dental work."


"Office Staff, dental hygienists, and the dentists are all wonderful. Always friendly, helpful, professional and excellent. With so many "doc in the box" dental centers popping up, Gold Hill is a welcome exception where personal service and attention matter. (I should mention too, that the service does not come at premium cost - they take insurance and their rates are competitive and reasonable). Highly recommend Gold Hill Dentistry."


"I really like Gold Hill Dentistry. Everyone is very very friendly and helpful. They are really concerned about your care."

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2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466