Ahoy Mateys! Taking Care of Little Teeth: Treasured Smiles
There is nothing sweeter in life than a baby’s first smile—a milestone sure to melt the hearts of adoring parents, grandparents, and friends everywhere. As you bask in the glow of that first smile, you may marvel at how you would give anything to be able to guarantee your newborn a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles. Although you surely can’t control all of life’s circumstances, you do hold more power than you think when it comes to nurturing that radiant little smile. Parents play a critically important role in taking care of their children’s teeth. Oral health and hygiene can make a huge difference in children’s overall short- and long-term health. So how do you set your kids up for success? Where do you start?
To address this important issue, EverydayFamily spoke with Dr. Lauren Companioni, pediatric dentist at South Tampa Kids Dental Krewe. With a pirate-themed dental office, complete with ship and crew, Dr. Lauren makes going to the dentist a positive experience for kids. So positive, in fact, we actually overheard young patients not wanting to leave! Dr. Lauren’s enthusiasm and passion for taking care of little teeth is so genuine and contagious that we decided to share her tips with our EverydayFamily readers in a three-part series. In our first interview, Dr. Lauren discussed the dental effects of artificial nipples like pacifiers and bottles. Today, Dr. Lauren returns to teach us how dentists, parents, and kids can work together to foster good, preventative, oral hygiene and care.