Baby Teeth are Important

Your child’s first teeth are essential to their lifelong dental health – even though these teeth will only be around for a few years. Maintaining the baby teeth is important because they serve as space holders for the future growth of the permanent teeth. Without every baby tooth in place, the proper space for the permanent tooth is sacrificed, leading to crowding, bite problems, and future orthodontic treatment. Infected or abscessed baby teeth can lead to developmental problems in the permanent teeth, including defective enamel and weak adult teeth.

The First Dental Visit

Scheduling and early dental visit provides a valuable opportunity to catch potential oral health problems like early-childhood tooth decay and developmental conditions. These visits are also important educational opportunities for parents to learn about caring for children’s teeth. It is our goal to provide toddlers with a fun and educational dental office experience while instilling a positive attitude toward dental care.

Teething

A baby’s first teeth will typically arrive between the ages of 4-7 months. By age 3, most children will have a total of 20 primary teeth. As the teeth emerge, some fussiness, sleeplessness and irritability are to be expected. Many babies will also experience a loss of appetite or excessive drooling. These changes are often due to tender, sore gums. To alleviate the discomfort, the gums may be rubbed gently with clean fingers, a moist cloth, or a clean teething ring.

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

To prevent early childhood tooth decay, a child should never be permitted to fall asleep with a bottle. Milk or formula, juice or other beverages can erode the teeth and cause severe dental problems. After a bottle, a baby’s teeth should also be cleaned gently with a wet cloth or soft toothbrush.

Children’s Dental Services

To protect your child’s teeth, our team provides the following professional dental services:

  • Dental checkups and digital x-rays (every 6 months)
  • Preventive oral hygiene care (cleanings and oral hygiene education)
  • Dental sealants (to prevent the development of tooth decay in the grooves of the molars)
  • Fluoride treatments (to strengthen the outer surface of the enamel)
  • Metal-free fillings and cosmetic dental bonding (tooth-colored restorations to strengthen the teeth)

To learn more about the service we offer, or to schedule your child’s next exam, contact our team today.