Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. We provide specialized comprehensive, preventive, and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs. Our dentists all attended a post dental school residency with an emphasis on restorative dental care, child psychology, growth and development, and trauma.
Our goal is to provide early positive dental experiences for our patients, which sets the foundation for trusting doctor/patient relationships and a lifetime of good oral health.
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends...
Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child’s newly erupted teeth (erupting at 6-12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.
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When new teeth arrive
Baby teeth usually will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months and will continue to erupt until about age three. There is some variability on this and you should not be concerned if it is a bit delayed. During this time, your child’s gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring.
Your child’s baby teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting around age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32 teeth including wisdom teeth).
Adopting healthy oral hygiene habits
Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care to clean your child's teeth after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing two times daily.
Preventing tooth decay with regular checkups
Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help prevent cavities. Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups.