When should I take my child to the dentist for a first visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first dental visit be within six months of the first tooth erupting and before her first birthday. By visiting the dentist early and often you ensure the best possible dental health for your child.
How should I brush my child’s teeth?
It depends on the age. For infants before teeth erupt, use a clean cloth to gently wipe off the gums. After the initial teeth erupt, you can start using a small, infant specific tooth brush with soft bristles to clean the teeth and gums. You can begin to use a grain of rice sized portion of toothpaste, when you feel there are enough teeth to warrant it. Ask your dentist, if you’re not sure. Finally, when your child has a full set of primary teeth, use a pea sized amount of toothpaste on a child sized brush to thoroughly clean teeth and gums. As soon as you are comfortable, encourage your child to brush her own teeth. Even though you should re-brush up to age 6 or so, the earlier your child develops the habit of brushing the better.
Do baby teeth really matter?
In short, yes. Primary or “baby” teeth assist in childhood development in numerous ways. Healthy baby teeth allow your child to chew and easily digest healthy foods, develop clear speech, and create the paths that adult teeth will use to emerge. Keeping your child’s primary teeth healthy is essential to ensure lifelong oral health.
Why visit a pediatric dentist?
In the modern one-stop shopping world, it may seem more convenient to visit a family dentist. However, our pediatric dentistry practice offers a better environment and more personalized care for your child. Pediatric dentists are trained in child psychology and behavior in addition to general dental training and training in childhood dental concerns, treatment and care. Pediatric dentists are better equipped to handle any reaction from your child to help defuse difficult situations so your child has positive memories of the dentist. Our waiting rooms and patient rooms are equipped with activities and entertainment for kids so they’re never bored.