FOR INFANTS TO TODDLERS
Pediatric dentists generally agree that children should have at least two dental check-ups each year, starting no later than the child’s first birthday, or as soon as the first tooth erupts.
Until then, parents and caregivers can clean the baby’s mouth using water and a cloth after feedings and before going to bed.
IMPORTANCE OF BABY TEETH
Proper care of your child’s primary (baby) teeth is crucial. These teeth allow your child to develop various oral functions properly, including speech and chewing, help him/her develop a beautiful smile, and hold the space for the permanent teeth to grow in.
REASONS TO TAKE CARE OF PRIMARY TEETH
- They help in speech development.
- They promote healthy nutrition by aiding in chewing food properly.
- They facilitate the proper development of permanent teeth - infected baby teeth increase the risk of pits, stains, and weak adult teeth.
- They reduce the risk of expensive orthodontic treatment later on - decay or early removal of baby teeth can cause adjacent teeth to shift, limiting the space for the permanent tooth to set in and increasing the possibility of crowded or misaligned teeth.
- There’s lower risk for early childhood tooth decay, which refers to tooth decay in baby teeth due to poor dental hygiene, frequent intake of sugary or sticky foods/snacks, and the constant use of a sippy cup or baby bottle when feeding sugary beverages.
Cleaning your child’s teeth and gums properly and visiting your pediatric dentist regularly is the easiest way to keep his/her mouth healthy.
PEDIATRIC DENTAL CARE FOR TODDLERS
Early childhood decay and other dental problems are preventable. At Gold River Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to create a pleasant dental experience for infants and toddlers that prepares them for a lifetime of dental visits, dazzling smiles, and perfect oral health.
Routine check-ups can make a difference in your kid’s life by practicing proactive, rather than reactive, dentistry. Don’t wait until your child is in pain or when there is a tooth problem. Visit us today for help keeping your child’s teeth and mouth clean and healthy.