Smile Rite Dental is here to make a positive effect on our patients’ lives, from the first tooth that arrives through adulthood. Children require unique care and attention, and we work hard to create an environment where children forget they’re at a dental office and just have fun!
Dr. Nguyen has more than ten years of experience providing great quality care to children. As our slogan says, “We are working together to create future smiles!”
Visiting Smile Rite Dental
Children should visit Smile Rite Dental in Houston or Channelview, TX as early as six months. Although there may be no visible teeth, this is a great time to talk to Dr. Nguyen and our team about healthy snacks and good oral hygiene tips. Bringing your child into our office at a young age helps to instill positive feelings about visits to the dentist, and allows us to begin building a relationship with your little one.
When New Teeth Arrive
Your child's first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child's gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.
Your child's primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32, including wisdom teeth).
Getting to know your teeth is fun!
Good oral health starts at a very young age. Taking care of your child’s teeth every day helps prevent tooth decay. It also helps make it a regular habit for your child.
As your child's teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When your baby's tooth erupts, brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a half-a-pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by Dr. Nguyen. Fluoride toothpaste can be used once your child learns to spit, around the age of three.
In addition to preventive cleanings and exams, Dr. Nguyen also provides a full range of restorative treatments for children, including tooth-colored fillings and crowns. We also offer sedation options for kids who need a little extra TLC.
To learn more about dental care for your child or to schedule an appointment, please contact our Houston dental offices on Renwick Drive or Orlando Street, or our Channelview, TX office.