The time for your child’s first visit to the dentist is an exciting one. This means that you child is growing older and has newly erupted teeth! It is important that you know what to expect before your child’s visit for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Read on for some basics of pediatric dentistry.
Children’s teeth start to grow in around six to 12 months of age. Because of this, you should bring your child to the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that their new teeth receive dental care and that they are exposed to proper oral hygiene habits.
Following the appearance of their first tooth, teeth will continue to appear until the age of three. During this time, the child’s gums may be tender and sore, causing them to be cranky and irritable. You can help to lessen this discomfort by rubbing a clean finger or cool, wet cloth across the gums. Teething rings can also be helpful.
Oral Hygiene Habits for Children
As new baby teeth continue to erupt, be sure to examine them for discoloration which may be caused by decay. Brushing is important, as sugary foods and liquids can easily cause damage to new teeth. Parents should brush new teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush with a very tiny amount of toothpaste. Children younger than two should not use fluoride toothpaste. As children get older, it is recommended that they brush four times a day; after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
It is also important to floss. A discussion with Dr. Zwier can help to determine when you should start to floss your child’s teeth.
To learn more about pediatric dentistry, schedule an appointment with Dr. Zwier in Grand Rapids today. We would be happy to go over any questions or concerns you may have.