Dental One Associates at Steeplechase
9141 Alaking Court, Suite 107, Capitol Heights, MD 20743

Teaching Kids Healthy Teeth Habits


Tooth decay is on the decline among the total population in the United States, but among children, rates are rising. More and more family dentistry experts are seeing children as young as four years old arrive for their first dental care visit with multiple cavities and damaged oral tissue. It is a common myth that the baby teeth do not need as much care as the adult teeth. While the primary teeth may be temporary, the surrounding tissues must last a lifetime, making proper dental care essential from a very early age.  You can ensure your child enjoys a bright beautiful smile for many years to come with these tips for teaching kids about healthy teeth habits.

Remember that baby teeth require dental care. While baby teeth may be only temporary, they need proper dental care. Failure to care for your child’s primary teeth can cause hard-to-treat or irreversible damage that can affect the development of their secondary teeth, cause problems with speech, and put your child at risk for disease. You can begin cleaning your child’s teeth before the first tooth even emerges, by wiping your baby’s gums with a soft cloth after feeding. When your child’s first tooth emerges, you can begin teaching them how to use a toothbrush and the importance of a dental care routine.  You will need to supervise and assist for several years to ensure proper cleaning occurs.

Visit a family dentistry expert at an early age. Take your child to an affordable dentist when his or her first tooth emerges. This will not only ensure that your child feels comfortable with dental care visits, alleviating potential for dental anxiety, but will also give you all the tools you need to maximize your child’s dental care. A family dentistry professional can help you with brushing techniques for children and even recommend dental care products designed for children. Plus, studies have shown that routine preventive visits to the dentist makes dental care more affordable, costing 40 percent less than for someone who skips routine visits.

Eat a healthy diet. Try to keep snack and meal choices in line with those recommended for a healthy diet, such as vegetables, lean proteins, and crunchy fruits. Avoid sugary foods like candy and fruit juices to protect your child’s dental health. Starchy foods like bread and crackers can also contribute to tooth decay, especially if this debris is not routinely removed. The sugar molecules in starchy and sugary foods can combine with oral bacteria and erode the tooth enamel. Help your child carefully clean his or her teeth and gums after meals and snacks, and after drinking milk and juice.

Schedule routine visits to the family dentistry office, be a good role model, and make dental care fun.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Capitol Heights, call Dental One Associates at Steeplechase today at (240) 392-3983 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Capitol Heights. With 11 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates at Steeplechase, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates at Steeplechase.

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I must say this is one dental location where the staff’s professionalism makes you feel like family and the dental work makes you smile with laughter.
Vincennes V.
Outstanding service
Joseph M.
Great staff. Dentist was caring, patience & took time to explain what she was doing.
Larry P.
This was my first time in this office I was greeted with smiles and the whole time I was in there the nurses smiled and laughed with me and the doctor was awesome I will definitely keep this office […]
Alexis A.
Excellent customer service the doctor explained each procedure
Anthony H.
The Staff was beyond accommodating, compassionate yet professional at their task.
Janice H.
Dr. Wilson, Linne, and the assisting team at the Capitol Heights location were the best. I had several needles for my procedure and felt nothing. I am a 60+ retiree and have had extensive dental work […]
Alice C.
I’ve been coming to this office for quite sometime and I’ve received nothing but excellent care and treatment. Thank you Dental One Staff. Keep it up.
Caryn A.
The office staff and Doctors project a very professional and positive attitude when dealing with patients. A smile from each makes the visit to the office very welcoming.
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All services were outstanding.
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Great Customer Service
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Very friendly staff would recommend to everyone to come here.
Quentin P.
Excellent service and the employees are very friendly.
Keny B.
The staff are always pleasant, you seldom have to wait over 15-20 mins. after your appointment is scheduled and the dental tech always discuss your mouth care and answers your questions.
Ireatha R.
Dental One Associates is great. I love Dr. Wilson, he’s very professional. If you’ve had your teeth cleaned by Dionne, you were in very caring hands. She’s wonderful. The front staff is always […]
Jackie T.
Great service !
Kenneth M.
This office is exceptional. Every time I come here I am treated to a professional experience from Dr. Wilson and his staff. The dental hygienist Dion does a thorough job of making sure that my teeth […]
Ahmad G.
Dental One has helped me keep my teeth. I was told years ago that I would lose all of my teeth from gum disease. Thanks too Dental One I can still smile!!!
Sharon C.
Dionne and Dr. Wilson always make my experience great. They have wonderful personalities, especially Dionne. I love engaging in conversation with them.
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Good customer service & they take their time with you
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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