Tooth Tip #3: As teeth arrive, use the correct toothbrush and toothpaste.
When the first teeth start to show up (usually around 6 months, but this can vary greatly from child to child), use a toothbrush specifically designed for babies. These brushes have smaller heads for smaller mouths and very soft bristles to avoid damaging sensitive gums. Help and brush your child’s teeth until he or she is able to brush properly themselves, often until they are 10 or 11 years old. You will also want to pay close attention to the type of toothpaste you choose. Use only a “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste for very young children who cannot spit and a pea sized amount of toothpaste as they grow older and can easily spit excess toothpaste down the drain. Try not to rinse with any water after brushing for 30 minutes to ensure the fluoride can work to remineralize the teeth. If the child is in a fluoride-free home, consider a Xylitol toothpaste which can help inhibit bacterial growth and spread.
Halloween is around the corner, which for most children means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween but it’s important to have a […]Read More »
Make a visit to World of Smiles apart of your child’s back-to-school plans Backpack? Check. Booster shots? Check. Teeth cleaning? Check! Regular dental visits are important year-round, but a back-to-school checkup is key in fighting the most common chronic disease found in school-age children: cavities. In fact, dental disease causes children to miss more than 51 million school […]Read More »
The Summer travel season is here, World of Smiles found some smart travel tips for you and your little ones. Article by Sara Clemence Having kids definitely slowed my husband and me down. When you’ve got a 3-year-old and a 6-month-old, it can be hard to get to the grocery store—forget horseback riding in […]Read More »
Dr. Staci Whitman and Dr. Michelle Stafford worked for nearly two years to bring World Of Smiles to North Portland. They seek to partner with families to provide education and motivation for healthy dental habits. The practice strives for excellent patient care with a holistic, integrative approach while offering innovative treatment options. Both Docs enjoy teaching families and other healthcare professionals the importance of prevention and laying a foundation of healthy dental practices from a young age. They advocate for infant and child oral health, have had extensive experience with patients of special needs, and are Board Certified Pediatric Dentists. Learn more about who your family will partner with at your next visit!