Dental Tips

  • Pediatric dentists are committed to continuing education. It is the only way they can provide you with the finest pediatric dental care available.

  • Parents should start brushing their children's teeth as soon as the teeth begin to appear. It is also a good idea to use a damp cloth to wipe their gums before the teeth even erupt. When brushing your child's teeth, always use a soft or extra soft-bristled brush with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

  • Dentists and hygienists recommend that you replace your child's toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles appear worn.A worn toothbrush may not clean your child's teeth effectively and could harm their gums.

  • A child should begin flossing when two teeth erupt next to each other, to prevent cavities from forming in-between. Flossing is especially important for the molars, as they are usually closer to each other than the front teeth and often where the first interproximal cavities begin.

  • Sending your child to bed with a juice or milk-filled bottle might be causing serious decay in their delicate primary teeth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that bottles at bedtime should be filled with water only. If your child goes to sleep while feeding, use a wet washcloth or gauze pad to gently wipe off the gums and teeth.

  • Patterns of primary tooth eruption can vary from child to child. However, there are usually 8 incisors present by the first year. Usually by three years of age all 20 of the primary teeth are present.

  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child see a dentist by his or her first birthday. Although this might seem young, it is important that newly erupted primary teeth receive the appropriate care from the very beginning.