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Dentistry for Children - Oral health care for infants and toddlersOral Health Care for Infants and Toddlers

Many parents will attest that there is no greater joy than holding that new baby in your arms for the first time. After that, come many wonderful milestones as well as a fair number of worries along the way.

But you shouldn’t have to worry about quality dental care for your baby. With a few simple at home procedures as well as regularly scheduled visits to the dentist, you can ensure that your child will enjoy a lifetime of excellent oral health.

Click on oral tips below to learn more
Keep your baby’s gums and teeth healthy and comfortable.
It all begins long before the first tooth even arrives. It is important to clean your infant’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush, cotton gauze, or cloth and cool water. Most infants will begin to get teeth around six to 12 months but it does vary from child to child.

Additionally, if your child goes to bed with a bottle, be sure that it does not contain any sugary liquids, such as formula, breast milk, juice, or other sugary drinks. Only water should be given in the bottle that a child goes to bed with, and be sure to clean or brush your baby’s gums and/or teeth twice a day to remove food and plaque.

Children are not born with the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Rather they are exposed to it through their caregivers. But there is a great deal that parents can do to reduce the chances of early tooth decay.

The first trip to the dentist takes place during the first year.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and most other health organizations encourage parents and care providers to schedule an appointment when your child’s first tooth erupts, usually between six and 12 months of age.
When your baby is teething, try these tips.
When babies are teething they may experience some discomfort.

Many babies are soothed by a teething ring, cool spoon, or cold, wet washcloth. A parent might also rub the infant’s gums with a clean finger.

When can you introduce your child to toothpaste?
Before introducing toothpaste to your baby or toddler, consult with Dr. Ann first.

Typically when a child is about 2 it is time to begin introducing a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste, usually about a pea-sized amount is sufficient for brushing.

Children should be encouraged to spit, not swallow, toothpaste. And the amount of toothpaste used can be increased after the child is 5 or 6 when s/he can consistently spit it out.

Does your child need a fluoride supplement?
Some infants should be receiving some form of fluoride supplement. However, it is very important to talk to Dr. Ann to determine the proper dosage based upon the community in which you live.

Some communities have naturally fluoridated water or have fluoride added to their drinking water. Children living in these communities should not receive additional supplementation.

What are sealants?
A sealant is a clear, plastic material that is placed on the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth. The sealant forms a coating to protect the tooth from bacteria and bits of food.

Sealants can dramatically reduce the risk of decay for children and teens. Dr. Ann will evaluate your child’s teeth as they erupt and recommend sealants as needed.

Schedule your baby’s first visit today!