Establish Your Child's Healthy Habits with the Help of  Pediatric Dentist

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Your Child's First Visit to the Dentist

The first dental visit should be made by a child's first birthday, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. We make every effort to ensure that a child's first visit to the dentist isn't anything to fear, but is easy, and pain-free, and altogether nothing to be afraid of. We explain to your child in simple words and terms what we're doing, and why, and offer encouragement and support along the way. Children, like adults, should then visit the dentist every six months for regular check-ups and cleanings. 

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First Teeth

A child's first teeth will begin erupting between six and 12 months of age, and this will continue until about the age of three until he or she has a full set of 20 primary teeth. When babies are teething, you can soothe their gums by rubbing a cool, clean finger on them or making use of a teething ring. Permanent teeth will begin erupting around six years old, and primary teeth are lost at various times throughout childhood. Establishing healthy and proper oral hygiene and cleaning habits is important right from the start. 

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Dental Care for Your Baby

With a new baby on board, you've probably thought a great deal about the care he or she will need. But have you thought about proper newborn and infant dental care yet? These quick and easy guidelines will get you started. And at this stage, it's hugely important to simply set a good example and establish proper oral hygiene habits from the start. Allow your child to see you brushing and flossing, and introduce the concepts to them. Try to make it fun and keep it positive, and establish a regular routine that will set the right precedents and habits for a lifetime.

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Thumb Sucking

Most studies show that anywhere from 75% to 95% of infants suck on their thumbs. In the majority of cases, this is not a cause of concern or anything you need to worry about. The American Dental Association (ADA) notes that thumb-sucking typically stops naturally between two and four years of age as children grow out of it. If your child doesn't grow out of it by the time his or her permanent teeth are erupting, that's when you may want to pay more attention and potentially intervene.

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Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

What's the difference between a pediatric dentist and a regular dentist? Any dental specialist completed dental school and then continued their training with potentially several years of additional education and specialization. Pediatric dentists gain experience and knowledge in treating children, including infants and adolescents. All new parents have plenty of questions about their child's teeth and proper oral hygiene. It can seem daunting at first, but here we've gathered everything you'll need all in one place. Make use of these pediatric dental FAQs to get a head start. 

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Pediatric Dental Emergencies

Children can encounter a variety of common pediatric dental emergencies. Of course, avoiding injuries and mishaps is always easier than dealing with the aftermath. Child-proof the house, don't let your child chew on things like popcorn kernels, ensure they wear mouthguards while playing sports, and buckle up in the backseat or ride in car seats. And, of course, establish proper at-home oral hygiene practices. Call us if you have any further questions. If you're facing a dental emergency with your child, then be sure to call us immediately. If it's after-hours, you should be able to get in touch with our on-call emergency number.

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