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Teaching Your Children Proper Dental Care

You teach your children everything important for their health, welfare, and future—including caring for their smiles. Dr. Michael Casey and Dr. Mary Lenz are the family dentists in Waterford, WI, who partner with parents in this important work. Here are some tips for you and your kids:

Begin early 

You cannot start oral hygiene habits soon enough. Babies begin getting their little teeth at age six months or so. Your family dentists want to see your little one in their Waterford, WI, practice for a simple dental check-up by age one. At home, use a smear of fluoride toothpaste for your toddler, and floss their teeth until their dexterity matures around age eight.

Don’t worry—with encouragement and reward, your kids can develop and enjoy good oral hygiene habits. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends singing happy songs as your child brushes and rewarding a job well done with non-food rewards such as sticker charts. At your youngster’s next check-up, ask the hygienist for other tips individualized to your child.

Additionally, eat as healthy as possible. To the family diet, add fresh fruits and vegetables, water for hydration, and high-fiber grains. Parents, if you consume tooth-friendly choices, your child will, too.

See your family dentist regularly

Bring every member of your family to see Dr. Casey or Dr. Lenz. Your hygienist will perform refreshing cleaning that will remove the harmful plaque and tartar that causes tooth decay and gum disease. An X-ray screening will also be performed to track jaw/tooth development and uncover any hidden dental problems.

Then, your family dentist looks for:

  • Proper dental alignment and occlusion (how teeth bite together)
  • Tooth decay
  • Gingivitis (kids can have gum problems, too)
  • Oral cancer (beginning at age 18)
  • Abnormalities in soft tissues (large tonsils, for example)

Finally, Dr. Lenz and Dr. Casey formulate age-appropriate care plans, specifically crafted for your child.

We’re here to help

Your dental team in Waterford, WI, specializes in family dental care. We honor your busy schedules with on-time appointments and provide a comfortable, no-stress atmosphere that encourages the youngest of our patients to enjoy taking care of their smiles.

Call us today to arrange routine appointments for you and your children: (262) 534-6515.