Child Dental Health

An infant's first primary teeth (also called "baby teeth") usually start to come in between six and ten months. The lower incisors are typically the first to erupt, followed by the upper central incisors.

Child dental health is very important. Infant caries (also called "Baby Bottle Tooth Decay") can develop when babies are put to bed with a bottle containing a sweet liquid. The sugars from bottles containing liquids such as milk, formula, fruit juices, and sugar water mix with the bacteria in a child's mouth to produce acid that destroys the child's teeth. Also called "Bottle Mouth Syndrome," children with infant caries might have chalky white spots or lines across their teeth. To prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, it is important that children are not put to sleep with a bottle containing a liquid other than water.

In addition, oral hygiene should be started with eruption of the first primary tooth. Parents can begin to brush baby teeth with an infant toothbrush dipped in water. Within six months of eruption of the first tooth (and no later than the first birthday), it is time for your child's first dental visit.

By starting professional dental care early, your children can look forward to a lifetime of good oral health. The Dental Depot team helps our young patients learn proper home brushing and flossing habits and monitors their teeth as they grow.

We offer a complete array of services for children, such as checkups, dental sealants, and fluoride treatments. Children can even learn about good oral health in our reception area, where we have teeth coloring pages, information about the history of dentistry, and other resources promoting dental health for kids.

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