The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child visit the dentist by his or her 3rd birthday. Beginning dental care at an early age is important for a number of reasons. Many parents of infants and toddlers are not confident they are caring for their child’s teeth properly and can benefit greatly from the instruction we offer. Early visits provide opportunities to address other preventive issues that are vital to healthy teeth and a pleasing smile. Dental visits that are scheduled before problems develop can be kept short and help the child become relaxed in the dental environment more quickly.
When New Teeth Arrive
Your child’s first tooth erupts between ages 6-12 months and the remainder of their 20 primary or “baby” teeth typically erupt by age 3. During this time, gums may feel tender and sore, causing your child to feel irritable. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring.
Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood, and their permanent teeth begin erupting at age 6 and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or 32 including wisdom teeth.
Tips For Your Family’s Oral Health
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
- Watch what your child drinks.
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks.
Good oral hygiene at home is very important and needs to start at a rather early age. We take the time to instruct parents and kids on proper flossing and brushing methods so they can enjoy good dental health for a lifetime.