What is a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist takes two additional years of specialized training that focuses on children. This gives pediatric dentists the skills they need to build strong and trusting relationships with children from infants to young adults and an understanding of their … Continued

When should my child have his or her first dental visit, and what can I expect?

Your child should visit the dentist by his or her first birthday or by the time their first tooth erupts. This way any developing problems can be detected, treated early, or avoided all together. Be sure to inform your child … Continued

Why are baby teeth (or “primary” teeth) so important?

Healthy primary teeth are important for many reasons: They facilitate proper chewing enabling good nutrition and hold space for the developing permanent teeth to erupt in proper position. We are often asked, “Why put fillings in baby teeth when they … Continued

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Also known as Early Childhood Caries or Nursing Caries, Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is caused by over exposure to sugary liquids. It is usually caused by putting a baby to bed with a bottle containing milk, juice, or soda, nursing … Continued

Is thumb sucking a problem for dental health?

Thumb sucking is normal for infants and most negative effects on their dentition will be reversed as long as your child stops the habit before his/her third birthday. Thumb sucking if continued could lead to severe bite problems as your … Continued

Why is it important to use dental floss?

Brushing your teeth effectively removes plaque and food particles from tooth surfaces, but can’t properly clean the hard-to-reach areas between them. This leaves these areas highly susceptible to decay and periodontal disease (gum disease). Daily flossing corrects this problem by … Continued

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

First, check with your physician regarding allergies to pain medications. Then, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on your child’s face if it is swollen. You can give acetaminophen for pain, but avoid … Continued

If I want to clean my children’s baby teeth, what should I use?

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head at twice a day. There are toothbrushes are specifically designed for both infants and young children.