Infants should be seen by our office after the first six months of age, and at least by the child's first birthday. By this time, the baby's first teeth, or primary teeth, are beginning to erupt and it is a critical time to spot any problems before they become big concerns.
At Art Dentistry Center, we provide pediatric dentistry services for your little ones, ensuring they get the oral health care they need. It’s common for parents to not bring their children to the dentist until they’re older; however, bringing them in when they’re young allows them to develop good oral hygiene habits.
We provide gentle, effective, and friendly care while protecting your child’s smile. It’s important to start good oral care at a young age so their mouth develops properly and they can avoid serious dental issues in the future.
Discover how our talented doctors in Madison Heights can take care of your child’s smile with our helpful guide below.
Prior to your children’s dental appointments, there are a few tips to follow to make the process easier. The following guidelines will help set your child up for success:
Teething is a sign that your child’s gums are sore, which is normal. You can help relieve this by allowing your baby to suck on a teething ring, or gently rubbing your baby’s gums with the back of a small spoon, a piece of wet gauze, or even your finger.
For children under the age of four, teething rings and pacifiers can be safely used to facilitate the child’s oral needs for relieving gum pain and for suckling. After the age of four, pacifiers are generally discouraged because they may interfere with the development of your child’s teeth. Thumb-sucking is also discouraged because it can lead to malformed teeth that can become crooked and crowded.
Every child grows 20 primary teeth, usually by the age of three. These teeth are gradually replaced by the age of 12 or so with a full set of 28 permanent teeth, and later on, four molars called “wisdom teeth.”
It’s crucial that a child’s primary teeth are healthy because their development sets the stage for the condition of their permanent teeth. If primary teeth become diseased or don’t grow in properly, chances are greater that the permanent replacement teeth will suffer in the same way.
Babies’ gums and teeth can be gently cleaned with special infant toothbrushes that fit over your finger. Water is a better option than toothpaste (because your baby may swallow the toothpaste). We advise parents to avoid fluoride toothpaste for children under the age of two.
Primary teeth can be cleaned with child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrushes. Remember to use small amounts of toothpaste (a pea-sized portion is suitable), and teach your child to spit out, not swallow the toothpaste.
Toothaches can be common among young children. Sometimes, toothaches are caused by erupting teeth but they could also indicate a serious problem. You can safely relieve your child’s toothache without the aid of medication by rinsing the mouth with a solution of warm water and table salt. If the pain doesn’t subside, acetaminophen can be used. If these medications aren’t helping, contact our Madison Heights dental office right away.
You can help your child prevent oral injuries by closely supervising them during play and not allowing the child to put foreign objects in their mouth. For young children participating in physical activities and sports, we strongly recommend mouthguards to prevent possible dental trauma and injury to the teeth, gums, lips, and other oral structures.
If your child’s tooth has been knocked out, try to place the tooth back in its socket. Remember to only hold the tooth by its crown – not the root. If you’re unable to put the tooth back in its socket, place it in milk or saline until you’re able to visit our Madison Heights dental office.
If you have any questions about a dental injury that your child has endured, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (248) 206-5052 and one of our team members will be happy to help.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to the teeth for an added layer of protection. Sealants are placed on the chewing areas of the teeth to ward off unwanted plaque buildup and food debris. This application is easy and the sealants usually last for several years.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your child should begin seeing the dentist soon after their first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday. Many parents don’t realize how early dental visits can be beneficial to their child’s oral health.
A dentist can help protect your child’s earliest teeth against oral disease, as well as help you learn how to care for your child’s health when they’re young. Oral disease can affect teeth as soon as they grow in, so protecting them is important. Even though children lose primary teeth, disease of the teeth can have detrimental health effects.
Focusing on your child’s oral hygiene routine is vital to their health. Not only will it help rid their mouths of harmful bacteria that lead to cavities, but it will also help your child form healthy dental habits that will improve the longevity of their smile. We recommend an oral care routine consisting of brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash.
Other ways to help your child prevent cavities include:
In addition to the above guidelines, visiting Art Dentistry Center biannually for dental checkups and professional cleanings is essential for your child’s oral health. During these appointments, we’ll remove plaque and tartar to ensure your child’s smile is healthy and feeling good.
Your child should begin seeing a dentist soon after their first tooth erupts, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Many parents don’t realize how early dental visits can be beneficial to a child’s oral health.
A dentist can help protect your child’s earliest teeth against oral disease, as well as help you learn how to care for your child’s oral health when they’re very young. Oral disease can affect teeth as soon as they grow in, so protecting them is important. Even though children will lose their primary teeth, disease of these teeth can have detrimental health effects.
Ready to set your child up for oral health success? By bringing them to the dentist at a young age, they’ll develop healthy dental habits that will last a lifetime. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Saluja, call our Madison Heights office at (248) 206-5052. You can also fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you right away.