At what age should I schedule my child’s first dentist visit?

By age one or within six months of the first tooth eruption.

Benefits of early dental care:

  • To establish a dental home for your child and the entire family
  • To get your child used to visiting a kid-friendly dentist office
  • Your Royal Palm Beach pediatric dentist will discuss ways to prevent cavities by providing important patient education and tools
  • Baby teeth are not immune to cavities; young children can develop tooth decay.
  • Early treatment will prevent damage to the underlying adult teeth.

What is the difference between a general dentist and a pediatric dentist?

Both general and pediatric dentists are trained to diagnose and treat children. However, a pediatric dentist completes two additional years of training following dental school. This advanced education is focused on the oral health needs of developing children.

What causes tooth decay and cavities?

Many factors influence tooth decay and cavity formation. Dental caries is a chronic childhood disease.

  • The acids generated by oral bacteria break down tooth enamel when exposed to sugar and other carbohydrates.
  • Mouth bacteria are commonly passed from parents, loved ones and caretakers to infants.
  • Therefore, it is essential for the whole family to keep up with routine dental checkups and maintain proper oral hygiene practices.

How can I prevent my child from developing cavities?

  • First and foremost, set a good example and care for your own teeth.
  • The general recommendation is to start brushing your toddler’s teeth twice daily when the first tooth erupts.
  • Until your child reaches two years of age, use only a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste.
  • After age two, a pea-sized dab of toothpaste with fluoride can use. At this point, you should be teaching your youngster to spit out the paste after brushing.
  • It is important to heed the recommended fluoride dosage. Swallowing an excessive amount of the mineral before age eight can lead to permanent teeth staining.
  • As soon as your little one has two or more adjacent teeth, it is time to start flossing.
  • Instill good dietary habits early.
  • Keep your child well hydrated with lots of water between meals.
  • Provide plenty of milk to help develop and grow healthy teeth and bones.
  • Avoid soda, fruit juice, and other sugary drinks, water them down, or serve in moderation.
  • Do not put a baby or toddler to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup.

Is fluoride safe for young teeth?

Fluoride is highly effective at strengthening enamel and preventing cavities. It works best when applied topically. Supplements and tablets that are ingested are not as effective and can lead to fluorosis and teeth staining.

Fluoridated moth rinses provide added protection for children six years and older, who can rinse and spit.

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