Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. We have 2-3 years specialty training following dental school and limit our practice to children from infancy through adolescence. We’re trained to help children feel comfortable and secure during dental visits. Our office is designed with children in mind and our staff loves working with kids.
You should clean your baby’s teeth with a small head, soft bristled toothbrush, preferably one designed for infants. Use once a day at bedtime to remove plaque bacteria that can lead to tooth decay.
To prevent tooth decay in a baby, avoid nursing your child to sleep or putting anything other then water in their bedtime bottle. Tooth decay can begin as soon as baby teeth emerge (between 6 and 10 months). Clean your baby’s teeth and gums with a damp cloth or gauze pad after feeding to remove plaque.
The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend children start visits to the dentist by their first birthday.
Thumb sucking and pacifier habits are only harmful for a child’s teeth if they go on for a very long time. If they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers when permanent teeth erupt, a mouth appliance may be recommended.
Begin using fluoridated toothpaste when your child is 2-3 years old. Prior to that, clean their teeth with water or non-fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Supervise tooth brushing to make sure no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is on the brush. Children should spit out, not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.
Replace toothbrushes when bristles become split or worn out. This typically occurs every three months. Also, change the brush after an illness.
Visit our pediatric dental office twice a year to help your child stay cavity-free. Our fluoride treatments recharge fluoride content in tooth enamel, shielding your children’s teeth and preventing cavities.
There is very little risk in dental x-rays for children. We use a minimal amount of radiation and limit exposure.
Dental sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surface of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast, comfortable and effective.
If your child has a toothache, first rinse the irritated area with warm salt water. Place a cold compress on the face if it’s swollen. Give your child Children’s Motrin or Children’s tylenol for pain. See us as soon as possible.
You can protect your child’s teeth during sporting events with a soft plastic mouth guard. We can provide a custom-fitted mouth guard to protect their teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sport related injuries.
If your child’s tooth is chipped or fractured, immediately rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses. Contact our office right away. If you find the broken fragment, bring it to the office.
If a permanent tooth is knocked out, try to find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather then the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that’s not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and call our office immediately. The faster you act, the better the chance of saving the tooth.
Children’s Discolored teeth have many causes – trauma to the tooth, severe illness during tooth development, exposure to certain medicines such as tetracycline and poor oral hygiene. We have several good treatments to restore discolored teeth.
Snacking before bedtime can be destructive to children’s teeth. Saliva makes it possible to swallow food and helps keep teeth and gums clean. The flow of saliva slows during sleep, so bits of food still in the mouth will remain there overnight until brushing and flossing in the morning.
To prevent tooth decay, limit the servings of sugars and starches, and serve a balanced diet. Visit our pediatric dental office twice yearly for checkups.