When to see a pediatric dentist?
  • BEFORE TEETH ERUPT:
  • – Use a soft gauze pad to gently wipe baby’s gums after every feeding.
    – Ease the pain of teething with a wet gauze pad or a cool teething ring.
    – Healthy gums produce healthy baby teeth.

  • AFTER THE FIRST TOOTH:
  • – Lower two front teeth are usually the first to erupt at 6- 12 months.
    – Dental visits should start no later than the 1st birthday.
    – All 20 baby teeth should erupt by age of 3.

  • PREVENTING BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY:
  • – Decay can happen as soon as teeth erupt.
    – If your child walks around with a sippy cup or goes to bed with bottle, it should contain only water.
    – Liquids like juice, milk and formula contain sugar that will accumulate around teeth.

  • ENCOURAGING HEALTHY HABITS:
  • – Brush your child’s tooth as soon as they erupt.
    – Use a soft bristled brush and water after every meal.
    – Only use child’s toothpaste after he/she can spit it out – around 2 years of age.
    – Show your child how to floss.
    – Provide a wholesome, nutritious diet that’s low in added sugars.

  • LOOSING BABY’S TEETH:
  • – Typically starts around age 6.
    – Upper and lower front teeth are first to fall.
    – Second molars may not be lost till the age of 12.