How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth

How to Care for Your Child's Teeth

Good oral health starts during infancy before any of a child’s teeth have even erupted. Read on to learn about some of the basics of caring for your child’s teeth as they grow and develop.

How to Care for Your Child's Teeth, Starting at Birth

Although they have not yet erupted, infants already have a full set of deciduous (also called primary or baby teeth) when they are born, and your child’s oral care will begin right away with an examination in the doctor’s office to ensure they are able to nurse or eat from a bottle comfortably and efficiently.

Visiting the Dentist and Preventing Cavities

The American Dental Association recommends that children visit a dentist starting around their first birthday or when they get their first tooth, whichever happens first. Children should then continue to visit a pediatric dentist about once every six months to monitor their development, help them establish healthy oral hygiene habits, and for professional cavity prevention with fluoride and dental sealants on molars.
To learn more about caring for your child’s teeth at any age or for help educating your child on proper oral hygiene habits, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stewart at Kenmore Pediatric Dentistry.