Are you looking for a dentist near you? Pediatric dentistry involves the treatment of children from birth to adolescence. These early years are vital for the development of good dental health and for establishing a good relationship with the dentist. Healthy oral habits are also practiced during these years. Our dentist in Peoria, AZ recommends that a child’s first visit to the dentist happen within the first six months of the appearance of the first tooth, or by the child’s first birthday. Schedule your child’s appointment today!
The primary, or “baby,” teeth start to erupt at around six to 12 months. They will continue to emerge until about age three. This is often an uncomfortable experience, causing some distress for both child and parent. To help soothe children, parents can rub the gums with a clean finger or a cool wet cloth. Teething rings can also be useful. In total, there will be 20 primary teeth. These will begin to be replaced by permanent teeth at around age six, the process continuing till about age 21.
Along with daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist, dental sealants provide extra protection for a child’s teeth. Sealants are a thin plastic coating applied to the teeth to act as a barrier against things that can harm it, namely food particles, bacteria, and plaque. They are usually applied to the molars in the back, since these teeth are generally the most difficult to reach and clean. Sealants last for many years and can be reapplied if necessary.
It is important to start developing healthy oral hygiene habits at a young age. Brushing should be supervised until parents are sure that good habits have been established. Unlike for adults, fluoride toothpaste is not recommended for children, unless advised by the dentist. Regular visits to the dentist office (every six months) for an exam and cleaning is very important to maintaining good oral hygiene. Additionally, be sure that children are using mouth guards during contact sports or other activities in which there is a risk of an oral injury.
Contact Plaza Family Dental today to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Peoria. We’re always happy to see new smiles.