Your child’s first dental visit should be enjoyable. Children aren’t naturally afraid of the dentist, but they can certainly fear the unknown. Baer Dental is ready to go above and beyond to make your child’s dental experience a positive one. We use pleasant, calming language to describe each treatment to put your child at ease from the moment they reach the office. The better your child understands their dental treatment, the better they (and you) will feel.
Your children should visit the dentist by their first birthday, when their first teeth are coming in. It is important that your child’s baby teeth receive proper care and benefit from good oral hygiene habits early on. Getting comfortable with your teeth is fun!
Your child’s first teeth should erupt between 6 months & 1 year, and new teeth should continue to appear until around age three. During teething, your child’s mouth and gums may be sore. We recommend soothing your child’s gums by rubbing a clean finger or cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to use a teething ring. When your child’s teething is finished, expect to see about 20 primary teeth.
Your child’s primary teeth will shed throughout childhood, as permanent teeth begin erupting around age 6, and continue till age 21. Adults usually have 28 permanent teeth, 32 teeth counting wisdom teeth.
Check your child’s erupting teeth every two weeks, inspecting for lines and discoloration from tooth decay. Sugary foods and liquids can attack new teeth, so be sure you are brushing with your child after feeding or eating. To instill great oral hygiene habits, we recommend brushing four times per day: after each meal and once before bedtime.
Brushing should be a fun time for your child: have them start brushing once their first tooth arrives. When their baby tooth erupts, parents should be sure to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, and a soft-bristled toothbrush. For children under age two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless directed to do so by your dentist or doctor. Be sure to go over proper brushing procedures with your child.
Flossing is also important, and your dentist will let you know when it’s time to start flossing. If you notice signs of tooth decay, contact your dentist immediately.
Tooth decay is the result of sugars and plaque in your mouth which turn into an acid that breaks down your teeth. Children are at higher risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many don’t practice proper dental care habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental checkups are the best way to prevent tooth decay and avoid cavities.
Children should be visiting the dentist at least once every six months for regular cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year also – this helps keep their teeth the strongest. Tooth sealants can help because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from starting in hard-to-reach spaces. Sealants can last for several years, but are checked at each dental visit.
Help children build a foundation of great dental hygiene with Dr. Baer and his dental care team.
In a nutshell, sports dentistry is the prevention and treatment of dental injuries and oral diseases related to athletics. It includes sharing information and providing protective equipment that is designed to help guard the teeth, mouth, jaw, and face of athletes of all ages. Oral injuries are common in athletics – you should be sure to protect your smile while playing sports.
Wearing a mouthguard is the best way to prevent dental injury while playing sports. There are a variety of mouthguards to choose from, and Dr. Baer can help you choose the mouthguard that suits your needs.