Got Questions? Ask Your Pediatric Dentist: Part Two

As a parent, you probably already have your hands full juggling all that work and life throw your way. Does it seem like you barely have time to catch your breath, most days, much less to get ahead? When it comes to your own smile, you might already realize that a bit of preventive care goes a long way in protecting against dental problems that would subsequently require both time and money to address. Yet when it comes to your kids, are you unsure what dental care they really need? Your pediatric dentist can help answer those questions, so you can take the steps necessary to protect those precious smiles, and that can save you both time and money in the long run!

Does My Baby Need Dental Care?

Just because you can’t yet see any of your baby’s teeth does not mean that they don’t need care. A simple act like wiping your baby’s gums clean after feedings can help to prevent inflammation of the gums, known as baby bottle tooth decay.

Then, as the first teeth begin to appear, it is important to gently brush each one with a baby-sized toothbrush.

How Often Do Kids Need to See the Dentist?

Kids, like adults, should see the dentist for checkups and cleanings at least twice a year, in order to remove plaque buildup that can lead to cavity development and gum disease. However, this is only a general recommendation for most patients.

If your kids are particularly susceptible to dental decay, they may actually need more frequent checkups and cleanings to properly protect the teeth.

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