New parents have a lot of questions, and learning how to care for their child's teeth is no exception. At Rush Creek Dentistry, we care about setting children up for a lifetime of stellar oral health by providing them with quality pediatric dental care.
How Should I Care for My Child's Baby Teeth?
Even though children lose their baby teeth, caring for baby teeth is important because it helps parents and children develop good brushing habits to transfer to adult teeth. Decay from baby teeth that are cared for poorly can also be transferred to developing adult teeth. Parents should:
- Begin caring for baby's teeth as soon as they come in
- Brush baby's teeth with a washcloth, finger brush, or gauze pad, rather than a regular toothbrush
- Use a very small amount of toothpaste
When Will My Child Lose His or Her First Tooth?
As most new parents quickly learn, children do not reach growth and development milestones on exactly the same schedule. While the age at which children lose their first teeth can vary, most children will lose their first tooth when they are approximately six or seven years old. Parents can expect that most children will lose all of their baby teeth by age twelve.
When is it Time to Choose a Pediatric Dentist?
In order to provide the best pediatric dental care, your child should visit a pediatric dentist by his or her first birthday. When choosing a pediatric dentist, parents should:
- Search for reputable pediatric dentists in their area
- Visit potential pediatric dentists to ask questions and see how the pediatric dentist interacts with their child
- Choose the pediatric dentist that provides them with the best overall impression
Learn More About Caring For Your Child's Teeth
Caring for baby teeth properly from the time that they grow in is an important aspect of helping your child learn to properly care for his or her permanent teeth in order to establish a lifetime of excellent oral health. Contact Rush Creek Dentistry today to learn more about our pediatric dental services or to schedule an appointment!