Welcome to Children's Dentistry of Coffee Creek! We are a pediatric dental office in Edmond, Oklahoma. Dr. Don Cheatham and his staff provide comprehensive dental care for children of all ages in a fun and relaxed environment. As a Diplomate in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Cheatham is dedicated to providing the necessary foundation for your child's dental health care needs from infancy to adolescence.
As the old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". This is especially true regarding your child's dental care. When you consider that 40% of children develop tooth decay by the time they start kindergarten, it is important to remember that childhood decay is easily preventable. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry shares some simple tips you can follow to keep your kiddo cavity-free!
Tooth brushing should be performed twice daily. The best times to brush are after breakfast and before bed. Parents should supervise the brushing for school-age children until they are seven to eight
years of age (about the same time they can tie their own shoelaces or write in cursive).
Select a fluoride toothpaste with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
When adjacent tooth surfaces cannot be cleansed by brushing alone, it is time to begin daily flossing. Initially, floss the child’s teeth. As the child matures, supervise her flossing. She should master this skill around age.
Snack in moderation, no more than three times a day. Snacks should contribute to the overall nutrition and health of the child. Cheese, vegetables and yogurt are all nutritious snacks. It is especially important to remember not to allow your child to sip on anything other than water all day. As Dr. Cheatham says, "Sip all day, get decay".
Following these tips to establish good home care will ensure that your child stays healthy and cavity-free!