Early Dental Care

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It’s our aim at Children’s Dentistry of Amarillo to provide your child with his or her best smile possible. In order to achieve this though, it’s important to start your child off at a young age with early dental care and pediatric dentistry. This will help ensure that your child will have healthy primary teeth and also healthy oral hygiene habits. As your Amarillo children’s dentistry providers, allow us to share with you some advice and guidelines on how to best care for your child’s teeth.

Infants

The road to terrific dental health begins even before your child’s first primary tooth has come in. Neglecting your child’s teeth – or soon-to-be teeth – can cause negative effects in the future. We recommend taking care of your child’s oral health in the following ways:

  • Before your infant’s teeth grow in, you’ll want to gently wipe his or her gums with a damp cloth after nursing or bottle feeding in order to remove any leftover milk in the area.
  • Don’t let your child fall asleep with a bottle or a sippy cup as it can lead to baby bottle tooth decay.

Teething

Your child’s first teeth will erupt at around six to 12 months; during this time, your child will likely experience teething. Your child’s gums can be very sore and tender, causing some irritable behavior. In order to ease your child’s discomfort, we recommend:

  • Gently rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger.
  • Rubbing the gums with either a cold spoon or a cold, damp cloth.
  • Giving your baby a cool teething ring.

Baby Bottle Decay

Baby bottle decay occurs when sugar in the bottle that a baby is drinking from mixes with bacteria in dental plaque, forming an acid that attacks tooth enamel. This acid erosion can cause long-term problems for a child. A baby is most susceptible to this while asleep. When a child is awake, saliva is flowing much more, which will wash away the acid. When a child is asleep and the saliva production slows, there’s an increased risk of tooth decay. We recommend paying close attention to this and examining your child’s teeth every two weeks. Pay close attention to the inside of the teeth by the tongue and look for any dull spots or areas that appear whiter than the tooth surface. If you see any problems, please let your kid's dentist know.

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

The American Dental Association recommends that your child first visit a kids dentist at around the time of his or her first birthday. As your Amarillo children’s dentistry providers, we concur with that. By coming in during this time, we’ll make sure that your child’s teeth are growing in properly and that everything is going as planned. An added benefit of seeing a kids dentist at this age is that your child will learn to become comfortable with pediatric dentistry at a young age – something that will make future dental visits much more stress-free.

Contact Your Amarillo Children’s Dentistry Providers Today!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to know more about our Amarillo children’s dentistry. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with your kids dentist, you can do so by giving us a call at (806) 351-0008. We’re looking forward to providing your child with the best in pediatric dentistry!