Taking care and pride in oral care is something that should start at a young age in an effort to create good habits that last a lifetime. The gums are a direct link to the bloodstream which is why it is important to keep them clean and healthy no matter your age.
Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty that focuses on the unique oral health needs of infants, young children, adolescents and children with special needs.
“First visit by first birthday” sums it up. Your child should visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between six and twelve months of age.
Clean the area by brushing or rinsing with warm salt water. Use dental floss to remove any food or debris that may be present.
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth carefully by the crown, not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth to remove debris, and if the tooth is intact, attempt to re-insert the tooth into the socket.
If food or debris is caught between your child’s teeth, attempt to remove by brushing and flossing the area thoroughly.
If possible, find the chipped fragment. Place the fragment in cold milk or your child’s saliva and contact your child’s dentist immediately.
Your child’s teeth actually start forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the baby teeth push through the gums – the lower front teeth are first, followed by the upper front teeth.
The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush and water.
A bottle containing anything other than water and left in an infant’s mouth while sleeping can cause decay. This includes breast milk, regular milk, formula, fruit juice, unsweetened fruit juice, soda, or even watered down juices.
Normally, the first tooth erupts between ages 6 to 12 months. Gums may be sore, tender and sometimes irritable until the age of 3.