When should I take my child to the dentist for their first visit?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should see a children's dentist in VA soon after eruption of the first baby tooth and no later than the child’s first birthday.
What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?
Cleaning an infants gums with a washcloth, towel, or finger-scrubber is helpful to prevent bacteria that cause cavities. After eruption of the first baby tooth, graduate your child to using a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean teeth and gums. We do recommend using fluoride toothpaste on baby teeth, and our pediatric dentists will inform you when to start and how much toothpaste to use.
How can I prevent tooth decay or cavities?
We recommend avoiding sugary liquids from a bottle or training/sippy cup. Sugary liquids include flavored milk, juice, and other colored liquids. Increasing water consumption decreases sugary liquid exposure and allows for optimal fluoride exposure. Supervised brushing with fluoride toothpaste will decrease risk for cavities. Ideally, you should consult our childrens dentists in VA regarding your child’s fluoride exposure from sources including tap water, well water, toothpaste, and other dietary sources.
When should my child start using toothpaste?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children may start to use fluoride toothpaste after eruption of the first baby tooth. We recommend consulting our pediatric dentist regarding your child’s specific needs and the amount of fluoride toothpaste to use. Supervised brushing is the best approach to effectively clean all the back teeth, especially because research has proven that many children to do not have the dexterity appropriate to brush their own teeth. Supervised brushing also helps to monitor and minimize ingestion of excess fluoride.
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
Rinse or brush the affected area to remove any food debris or large amount of plaque. If your child is experiencing discomfort, over-the-counter Advil/Motrin will ease the pain and Tylenol may help reduce a fever. If your child’s face is swollen please call the office for immediate emergency care.
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