Unlike a typical dentist office, we specialize in the unique needs of each child. From your initial consultation to bi-annual cleanings, we guarantee exceptional service from a staff that understands and truly LOVES working with children and helping to create healthy habits that last a lifetime.
We encourage you to bring your child in when their first tooth erupts or around their first birthday (whichever comes first) to provide a solid dental foundation to last into adulthood.
Most often, you should see your baby’s first tooth between 5 – 8 months, typically in the bottom front of the mouth. It’s possible for your baby to be born with teeth already. These are called natal teeth, and they can form under the gums before your child is born.
Baby teeth, or primary teeth, are critical to helping your child learn to eat and speak, as well as aid in the development of the face. Each tooth maintains space on the dental arch, which guides the eruption of permanent teeth. Properly care for your child’s baby teeth with daily hygiene practices to eliminate toothaches, gum disease, and serious developmental and health problems.
A good rule of thumb is if the food is good for the rest of your body, it’s probably good for your teeth, too. Foods rich in Vitamin D and calcium are important for promoting strong teeth and bones.
Foods that are BAD for teeth include any foods high in acid or sticky foods, such as:
- Carbonated beverages
- Potato chips
- Juices and energy drinks
Pacifier and thumb-sucking habits should we weaned at an early age. Years of thumb-sucking or pacifier use can in fact cause dental or speech problems. Kids typically stop thumb-sucking on their own as they become more active throughout preschool and beyond.
If you think your child is having problems speaking or you notice problems with tooth development, contact us to schedule an appointment.