Pediatric Dental Care
Our team of dentists, as well as the American Dental Association, recommend that children have their first dental visit by their first birthday. Our goal at this appointment is to talk to the parent(s) about the child’s diet, habits, and any medical history that would contribute to an increased rate of cavities. Our dentists will assess the child’s risk of cavities, give parents oral hygiene and fluoride instruction, and educate parents about the importance of good oral health for their child.
All 20 of your child’s baby teeth erupt by age 3 and permanent teeth usually begin to erupt around age 6.
Keeping baby teeth healthy is important for a child’s permanent teeth because severely decayed or infected baby teeth can cause problems such as deformed, crowded or impacted permanent teeth.
Parents should clean the child’s teeth from the moment they erupt. A small, soft toothbrush is recommended as is the appropriate amount and type of toothpaste for the child based upon age.