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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.