A Child's First Visit
A child's first dental visit should be scheduled around his/her first birthday. The most important part of the visit
is getting to know and becoming comfortable with a doctor and his staff. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds
trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. We allow the child to sit in a parent's lap in the
exam room this is called a lap exam. Parents and Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.
Why Primary Teeth Are Important
Primary teeth are important for several reasons. Foremost, good teeth allow a child to eat and maintain good nutrition.
Healthy teeth allow for clear pronunciation and speech habits. The self-image that healthy teeth give a child is immeasurable.
Primary teeth also guide eruption of the permanent teeth.
Good Diet and Healthy Teeth
The teeth, bones and soft tissue of the mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods from the five
food groups helps minimize (and avoid) cavities and other dental problems. Most snacks that children eat cause cavities,
so children should only receive healthy foods like vegetables, low-fat yogurt and cheeses, which promote strong teeth.
Infant Tooth Eruption
A child's teeth actually start forming before birth. As early as 4 months of age, the primary or "baby" teeth push through
the gums - the lower central incisors are first, then the upper central incisors. The remainder of the 20 primary teeth typically
erupts by age 3, but the place and order varies.
Permanent teeth begin eruption around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues
until around age 21. Adults have 28 secondary (permanent) teeth - 32 including the third molars (wisdom teeth).
Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Tooth decay in infants can be minimized or totally prevented by not allowing sleeping infants to breast or bottle-feed. Infants
that need a bottle to comfortably fall asleep should be given a water-filled bottle or a pacifier. Our office is dedicated to
fighting baby bottle tooth decay. Let us know if you notice any signs of decay or anything unusual in your child's mouth.