Early dental care is all about securing a healthy smile for the future. At The Pediatric Dental Center, we offer a fun environment and unparalleled dentistry.
At our children’s dental center, we set very high standards of care and provide customized services to meet each patient’s unique needs. Our board-certified pediatric dentists always deliver superior results.
What do you need to know about your child’s teeth?
- Children’s teeth begin forming before birth. As early as four months, the first primary teeth may begin to erupt. These are usually the lower central incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. All children are unique in the eruption timing but tend to follow the same pattern of eruption.
- You can expect to see around 20 baby teeth by the time your baby has finished teething. Our kid’s dentist will take good care of these baby teeth to prepare the way for healthy adult teeth.
- Visiting your kid’s dentist will set your child up for smile success. We can address all of your questions and help your child develop the habits they need to maintain healthy teeth.
Taking care of your child’s baby teeth
Baby teeth play an important role in dental development, so it is important to take good care of them. Help your child:
- Help your child form good brushing habits. Brush twice daily as soon as your child has teeth. Gentle flossing should also begin as soon as your child has two teeth that touch.
- Form good brushing habits, brushing twice daily for two minutes each time. This should happen as soon as your child has teeth! Gentle flossing should also begin as soon as your child has two teeth that touch.
- Eat a healthy diet, avoiding too much sugar.
- Schedule an appointment with your kid’s dentist by their first birthday.
Bacteria is transmitted vertically from mother to child. Children acquire the bacteria in their mouth from their mother between 6 and 36 months of age.
- Refrain from “saliva sharing” activities
- Cleaning pacifiers with your mouth
- Sharing utensils
- Kissing on the mouth
Eliminate nighttime feeding at 12 months of age or when the maxillary anterior teeth erupt.
Brush teeth with a soft toothbrush once teeth erupt
- Use only water to brush along gum line
Develop a structured feeding schedule—5-7 meal/snack times with breaks in between
Limit juice consumption to only at mealtimes
Carbohydrate exposures should be limited to mealtimes and designated snack times.
Establish a Dental Home for your child no later than 12 months of age.
If you have any more questions for your kid’s dentist, don’t hesitate to call The Pediatric Dental Center. Our children’s dental center provides dentists who really care about your child’s overall health and wellness.
Children need specialized dental care to ensure a strong foundation of great oral health. You need a children’s center with a fun environment and compassionate service. To schedule an appointment with our kids’ dentist, call The Pediatric Dental Center today.