Why go to a pediatric dentist instead of my general family dentist?
After college and dental school, pediatric dentists must complete an additional 2-year residency program where they receive extensive specialized training to meet the unique dental needs of young children, adolescents and those with special health care needs in a kind and approachable manner that children are receptive to. Some areas where pediatric dentists receive additional training include the management of skeletal and dental development, behavior guidance, in-office and hospital sedation, trauma, prevention and treating those with special health care needs. Our Northwest Austin pediatric dentist services are targeted to give your child the best care possible, tailored to his or her needs.
When should I start taking my child to the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends first dental visit once first tooth erupts or prior to 1st birthday, whichever is earlier.
Isn’t fluoride harmful?
Extensive studies have shown that in small amounts applied topically to teeth such as what your child would receive brushing his or her teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste, or during an in-office fluoride treatment, the benefits in tooth strengthening and cavity prevention far outweigh the risks.
Not every child will benefit in the same way from fluoride, so the need and frequency of fluoride treatments will be determined on an individual basis after careful consideration of your child’s risk of developing cavities, nutrition, oral hygiene and other sources of fluoride.
When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?
We recommend starting to brush your child’s teeth as soon as first tooth erupts. Although it may seem unnecessary to start so young, the early introduction and establishment of an oral hygiene routine is important in preventing tooth decay. It is also an ideal way to start your child towards a lifetime of healthy habits.
What kind of toothpaste should I use for my child?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it is recommended to brush at least twice a day with a small smear of fluoridated toothpaste for children under 2 years old, and a pea sized amount for children 2-6 years old.
Baby teeth are important in guiding the proper eruption of adult teeth. If baby teeth are lost prematurely due to dental disease, it can cause not only pain and difficulty eating, but also crowding of the permanent teeth. They also play an important role in your child’s speech, self-image and confidence. While the first baby teeth start falling out at age 6-7, the baby molars remain in your child’s mouth until age 12-13.
What can I do to prevent cavities?
Regular dental visits so issues can be identified and treated early, before they become more complex.
Early establishment of a brushing and flossing routine
Limiting between meal sugary snacks and drinks
Do not allow child to sleep with bottle of milk, formula or juice
Having a nutritious and well-balanced diet
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