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Early Infant Dental Care

When should I take my child to the dentist for their first dental exam?

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday. (www.aapd.org)

How often should my child see the dentist?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health. (www.aapd.org)

When should I start cleaning my child’s teeth? Is it ok using toothpaste on my child and what kind should I use?

Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop and perform or assist your child’s tooth brushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing. If your child is unable to spit the toothpaste, wipe it off with a small towel or gauze. (www.aapd.org)

Are thumbsucking and pacifier habits bad for my child’s teeth?

Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, talk to your pediatric dentist to look at different options to address the habit. (www.aapd.org)

Prevention

How can I prevent tooth decay on my child?

Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits. (www.aapd.org)

Can nursing cause decay? If so, how can I prevent it?

Nursing can cause decay. Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child’s teeth. Take your child to a pediatric dentist regularly to have his/her teeth and gums checked. The first dental visit should be scheduled by your child’s first birthday. (www.aapd.org)

When should I start cleaning my child’s teeth? Is it ok using toothpaste on my child and what kind should I use?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop and perform or assist your child’s tooth brushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing. If your child is unable to spit the toothpaste, wipe it off with a small towel or gauze. (www.aapd.org)

What are dental sealants?

Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years. (www.aapd.org)

General Topics

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. (www.aapd.org)

When should I take my child to the dentist for their first dental exam?

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday. (www.aapd.org)

How often should my child see the dentist?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health. (www.aapd.org)

What can you do to help my child be comfortable during his/her dental visits?

Our goal is always to provide excellent dental care in the most enthusiastic and gentle manner so that you child has a positive experience. Our staff has special training and uses techniques in helping children feel comfortable during dental treatment. We present dental treatment based on the age of the patient. For dental treatment we provide topical and local anesthetics, nitrous oxide, in-office IV sedation with an anesthesiologist (conscious sedation), or general anesthesia (Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital or Florida Hospital). Our pediatric dentists will recommend the best way to attend to your child depending on their needs. (Windermere Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics)

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Please scroll on the left categories where you will find many of the questions parents asks us, or you can call our office and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have! You can also visit the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry website for more questions and answers.

First dental visit by age 1!

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend the first dental visit should by age 1 or within 6 months after eruption of the 1st tooth.

We are specialists in dentistry for children that are anxious and fearful, medically compromised, and/or special needs!

Our pediatric dentists are trained in providing dental care for patients that are medically compromised and/or have developmental delays. We can provide treatment in the office with nitrous oxide, IV sedation or in the hospital under general anesthesia.

You are welcome to accompany your child in our treatment areas!

We allow parents in our treatment areas.

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