When should my child first see a dentist?
A child’s first visit should be by their first birthday. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend that the first visit to the pediatric dentist occur within six months of the eruption of the first tooth, or no later than one year of age. Early examination and preventive dental care will protect your child´s smile now and in the future. Optimal dental care is our top priority for your baby.
Why so early? What dental problems could a baby have?
Early visits prevent future problems that may need serious orthodontic treatment. The most important reason is to provide a foundation of good oral health. Habits are developed early and dental problems can begin early. Establishing us as your child’s “Dental Home” provides us the opportunity to implement healthy habits early and get your child accustomed to visiting the dentist. This early start will help them feel comfortable and establish confidence that will last a lifetime. We want all of our patients to feel good about visiting the dentist and to know how to care for their teeth properly! The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental problems. Kids with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly, and smile with confidence. Start now on a lifetime of good oral health.
How can I prevent tooth decay from a bottle or nursing?
This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks. Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle containing anything other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. Sweet liquid pools around the child’s teeth giving plaque bacteria an opportunity to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. If you must give the baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water. At-will nighttime breastfeeding should be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt. Also, it is important to learn the proper way to brush and floss your child’s teeth. Bring your child to our office regularly to have their teeth and gums checked. Remember, schedule your child’s first dental visit by your their first birthday.
When should I start cleaning my baby’s teeth?
When it comes to good oral hygiene, the sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft washcloth or infant toothbrush and water. You may also try Spiffies Xylitol Baby Tooth Wipes to clean gums and teeth as early as 4 months of age.
What should I do for teething?
From six months to three years of age, your child may have sore gums when teeth erupt. Many children find a clean teething ring or cold wet washcloth soothing. You may simply rub the baby´s gums with a clean finger. Topical anesthetics such as Baby Oragel are NOT recommended. If needed, you may also give your child the appropriate amount of acetaminophen (Tylenol).
We specialize in total pediatric dental care for children and babies. Our years of extensive experience and expertise in dental practice has taught us how to deal with different issues concerning your child’s teeth and gum health. It’s our goal to make your child smile, flashing those perfectly-groomed teeth.