Dentistry for Children
Dentistry for children in Centennial, CO. Dr. Douglas Johnston, DDS Your trusted Centennial dentist specializing in family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry.
If you are looking for a family dentist then you have found us! We cater to the whole family. Every age. Every stage. Our dental team always administers dental care with gentleness and empathy, so you can expect a rewarding experience.
Happy Visit age 1-4
A happy visit is allowing the child to become comfortable with the hygienist, Dr. Johnston, the dental chair.
How to care for an infant’s or toddler’s mouth
Proper use of fluoride
Oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking
Teething and milestones of development
The link between diet and oral health
At the visit, you should expect the dentist or hygienist to:
Review your child’s history
Respond to your questions and concerns
Talk with you about your child’s overall oral health, including:
Bite (how your child’s teeth will come together)
Soft tissues such as gums and cheeks
Oral habits such as sucking
Factors that affect the risk of cavities, such as diet, hygiene practices, fluoride use and whether others in the family have had cavities.
Teeth cleaning for ages 5-18 years.
At these ages, a normal teeth cleaning is performed. Along with X-rays once per year, fluoride treatments, sealants, oral health instruction, oral cancer screening and an exam by Dr. Johnston.
Thoroughly examine your child’s mouth
Show how to clean your child’s teeth
Give specific advice about home care, including hygiene, diet and use of toothpaste and other fluorides
Tell you what to expect as your child grows and develops in the coming months
Suggest a schedule for follow-up care
We recommend Sonicare for Kids electric toothbrush for all of our patients. Sonicare toothbrushes are easy to travel with. While on camping trips and sleep overs we can be sure your child’s teeth are being properly cleaned. For our patients in braces, we recommend Sonicare AirFloss to ensure proper cleaning in between teeth.
Protect your children’s teeth at home
Here are some tips to protect your children’s teeth:
Before teeth erupt, clean gums with a clean, damp cloth.
Start brushing with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a very small amount of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice, when your child’s first tooth appears. Use a pea-sized dab of fluoridated toothpaste after 3 years of age, once the child is old enough to spit out the toothpaste after brushing.
Prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Don’t give children a bottle of milk, juice, or sweetened liquid at bedtime or when put down to nap.
Limit the time your child has a bottle. Your child should empty a bottle in 5 to 6 minutes or less.
Help your child brush his or her own teeth until 7 to 8 years of age. Allow the child to watch you brush, and follow the same brushing pattern to reduce missed spots.
Avoid foods and treats that increase tooth decay like hard or sticky candies, fruit leather, and sweetened drinks and juice. Offer fruit rather than juice. The fiber in fruit tends to scrape the teeth clean, while juice just exposes the teeth to sugar.