Dentistry for Kids
Russell Family Dentistry
Healthy teeth and a great smile are a priority. Starting a child’s dental care early is essential to having healthy teeth for a lifetime. Parents often wonder when they should start dental care for their children and surprisingly, dentistry care starts before the first baby tooth appears.
Your baby is born with 20 primary teeth and some are completely developed in the jaw. Simply running a damp washcloth over your baby’s gum daily will remove bacteria that accumulate in the mouth. Healthy feeding habits are essential to healthy teeth as well.
Allowing a baby to have a bottle to sleep with can be harmful to the teeth. The sugar from milk or juice will stay on the teeth for several hours allowing the enamel of the teeth to be broken down. This is a condition known as bottle mouth and in severe cases, the front teeth need to be pulled out until the permanent teeth come in.
When your child first teeth begin coming in, an infant toothbrush can be used with a tiny smear of toothpaste until the age of 2. Typically, after the age of 2, children learn to spit while brushing their teeth with supervision making sure the toothpaste is not swallowed.