The Most Commonly Asked Questions About Pediatric Dentistry
As a parent, you probably have questions about when your child should visit the dentist for the first time. This question along with a myriad of other important issues regarding your child’s teeth. Therefore, we are going to answer many of those questions here.
At what age should a child first visit the dentist?
A child’s first visit to the dentist should occur around his or her first birthday.
When do a child’s first teeth erupt?
A child’s teeth will begin erupting around six and 12 months of age.
What to do when your child’s first teeth arrive.
A child’s gums will be tender and sore when they begin to erupt. You can help soothe the discomfort by gently rubbing them with your finger or a cool wet cloth. Teething rings help with the discomfort as well.
At what age do a child’s baby teeth shed and their permanent teeth begin erupting?
A child’s teeth will begin coming out throughout his or her childhood. The permanent teeth will begin erupting around the age of six and will continue to formulate until they are 21 years old. Most adults have 32 permanent teeth if you include the wisdom teeth.
What to watch out for once your child’s teeth begin erupting.
When your child’s teeth begin coming in, you should examine them every two weeks looking for lines and/or discoloration. These are signs of tooth decay from not brushing and too many sugary foods, liquids, etc. that can affect your child’s new teeth.
How to prevent tooth decay from setting in?
To help avoid tooth decay, it’s best to brush your child’s teeth about four times each day—after breakfast, lunch, dinner, and before he or she goes to bed.
How much toothpaste should be used on a child’s baby teeth?
You and then your child should begin brushing his or her teeth as the first tooth begins to erupt. A small amount of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice should be used until the child turns three years of age. After the age of three, a pea-sized amount of toothpaste can be used.
How often should a child visit the dentist?
Children should visit the dentist every six months for a routine dental exam and teeth cleaning. In addition, fluoride treatments twice a year and tooth sealants in conjunction with teeth cleaning are also recommended to help keep your child’s teeth sealed and strong.
If you live in or around Centerville, OH, or Beavercreek, OH, and have pediatric dental questions or would like to schedule an appointment for your child, please Contact Bellbrook Family Dentistry today. We look forward to serving you.