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When should my child first see a dentist?

It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that your child should visit the dentist by his/her first birthday.

What should I expect at my child’s first visit?

You are welcome to go back with your child who will first see a dental assistant or hygienist. Your child will have their teeth cleaned and any necessary x-rays will be taken. Then your child will meet the dentist for a thorough exam of their teeth and surrounding structures. We will also provide you with a personalized home care program that includes advice on tooth brushing and flossing, dietary and fluoride recommendations and a recommended treatment explanation that is written on their dental report card.

Do cavities on baby teeth need to be fixed — won’t they just fall out anyway?

Baby teeth are a very important part of your child’s overall health and appearance and they lay the foundation for healthy permanent teeth.  Cavities and infections associated with baby teeth can damage the permanent teeth. Baby teeth are important for proper eating and chewing.  They provide space for the permanent teeth, guiding them into the correct position.  They also can affect the development of speech.

How do I care for my child’s teeth?

You should begin daily brushing as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts. A pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used after child is old enough not to swallow it. By about age 5, your child should be able to brush their own teeth twice a day with supervision until about 7 to make sure they are doing a thorough job. However, each child is different and Dr. Denton can help you determine whether your child has the skill level to brush properly.

How can I prevent my infant from getting early decay, known as baby bottle decay?

When placing your infant down to sleep (nap or nighttime), place only water in the bottle. Liquids that contain sugar like formula, breast milk, juice and soda can pool around your infant’s teeth and cause decay. Always remember to clean or brush your infant’s gums/teeth at least twice daily to remove food and plaque.

What are sealants?

A sealant is a clear, plastic material this is placed into the chewing surfaces (grooves) of the back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque and bacteria and dramatically reduces the risk of decay in the areas of your child’s mouth that are most prone to decay.