The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends finding your child’s Dental Home by age one or when the first tooth emerges, whichever occurs first. Establishing your child’s Dental Home provides the opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that keep a child free from dental/oral disease. Our Office focuses on prevention, early detection, and treatment of dental diseases. We work to keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children, and our services reflect just that.
Our goal at Hero Way Pediatric Dentistry is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth. From our special office designs to our communication style, our main concern is what is best for your child.
Pediatric dentists care for children of all ages. From the first tooth to adolescence, they help your child develop a healthy smile until the child is ready to move on to a general dentist. Pediatric dentists have had 2-3 years of special training to care for young children and adolescents.
Research has shown that mothers with poor oral health may be at a greater risk of passing cavity-causing bacteria to their children, and periodontal disease can increase the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that all pregnant women continue to visit the dentist for checkups during pregnancy.
To decrease the risk of spreading bacteria, mothers should visit their dentist regularly, brush and floss on a daily basis, and maintain a healthy
diet. Additionally, increasing water intake and using fluoridated toothpaste helps prevent cavities and improves oral health.
Your child’s first tooth will typically erupt between 6 and 12 months, although it is common to occur earlier. Usually, the two bottom front teeth erupt first followed by four upper front teeth. Your child should have their full set of baby teeth by their third birthday.
Permanent teeth start to appear around age 6, beginning with the first molars and lower central incisors. The last baby teeth usually fall out by
ages 12-13. Adults have 32 permanent teeth including the third molars (called wisdom teeth).
Baby teeth are important for function, esthetics, speech development, and proper nutrition. If baby teeth have trauma, cavities or infections, it could lead to enamel defects, discoloration or displacement of the permanent teeth. Early loss of front baby teeth could lower self-esteem and cause speech problems. If baby molars are lost too soon, it could lead to space alignment issues and require earlier orthodontic intervention.
One of the most common forms of early childhood caries is “baby bottle tooth decay,” which is caused by the continuous exposure of a baby’s teeth to milk and sugary drinks. Baby bottle tooth decay primarily affects the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected.
Early signs and symptoms of baby bottle tooth decay are white chalky spots on the surface of teeth and tooth sensitivity. More advanced stages manifest as brown or black spots on teeth, bleeding or swollen gums, pain when brushing, fever, and bad breath. If your child shows any of these symptoms, you should see a pediatric dentist as soon as possible for diagnoses and treatment options.
1 – Don’t send your child to bed with a bottle of anything EXCEPT water.
2 – Clean your baby’s teeth and gums after each meal.
3 – Gently brush your child’s teeth with a smear amount of toothpaste before bedtime.
4 – Limit sugary drinks and food.