Dr. Ben Lambeth, DDS & Dr. Megumi Lambeth, DDS

310 East Main St., Suite 335 | Carrboro, NC 27510

Navigating Dental Milestones: A Guide for Every Stage of Your Smile

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As we age, our bodies and what they need change. These changes are often obvious in our external features like our face and hair, but did you know your mouth and its needs change as well? Here’s our guide to navigating dental milestones in your life.

Infancy (0-2 years)

  • First Dental Visit: Schedule the first dental visit by your child’s first birthday or when the first tooth appears. This is often as early as six months.
  • Cleaning: Wipe your baby’s gums with a soft cloth after feedings. Once teeth emerge, use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush.

Early Childhood (2-6 years)

  • Supervise Brushing: You’ll want to assist young children with brushing using a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. This can help them establish good brushing habits for the future.
  • Healthy Diet: Encourage a balanced diet low in sugary snacks and beverages to prevent cavities.

School-Age (6-12 years)

  • Fluoride Treatment: Consider fluoride treatments to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities.
  • Encourage Independence: At this stage, you’ll want to supervise their oral care routine to ensure the techniques are sticking. Once they’ve established good habits, continue to encourage independence.

Adolescence (12-18 years)

  • Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth often begin to cut in and are illustrious for causing discomfort and problems. Monitor these teeth and take appropriate action if they present a problem.

Adulthood (18+ years)

  • Regular Checkups: Continue regular dental checkups for preventive care.
  • Oral Cancer Screenings: Include oral cancer screenings in routine checkups.

By navigating these dental milestones, individuals can maintain optimal oral health throughout different life stages and address potential issues proactively with the guidance of dental professionals.

Comprehensive Family Dentistry in Carrboro, NC!

As you navigate dental milestones, it’s important to have a family dentist you can rely on to be there with you every step of the way. Routine check-ups are an important part of a healthy smile no matter what stage of life.

At Milltown Family Dentistry, we’re dedicated to providing our patients with the services and education they need in an environment they can trust. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

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