A common misconception surrounding pediatric dentistry is that it’s not that important, since their baby teeth are just going to fall out and be replaced with adult teeth anyway. This is a dangerous notion that we’d like to put to rest for good. The truth is, healthy baby teeth set the stage for healthy adult teeth to grow in properly later. Pediatric dentistry is essential for your young one’s development, health and happiness, and their oral health for the rest of their life.
Pediatric dental disease
Did you know that tooth decay is the #1 most common chronic childhood illness? Did you also know that left untreated, tooth decay can have devastating consequences that extend far beyond the dental chair? Tooth decay can drastically impact a child’s cognitive and social development, their physical and emotional growth, and their confidence and self-esteem. Childhood tooth decay left untreated can cause and contribute to:
- Bacterial infections
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty learning
- Heart disease
Caring for baby teeth
- You should start cleaning your baby’s gums before teeth come in. Gently wipe them using a warm wet rag or baby brush after feeding.
- Bring your baby in to see us as soon as their first tooth emerges, which is usually around 1 year of age.
- Use a children’s toothbrush (soft bristle, small head, large handle) and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste.
- You should brush your child’s teeth for them until they are able to hold the brush themselves.
- Continue to supervise brushing until they are able to rinse and spit without assistance, usually around age 6.
- Maintain your regular, twice-yearly visits at Family Dental Health.
Treatments for tiny teeth
- Cleanings & prevention
- Fluoride treatment
- Decay prevention
- Tooth colored fillings
- Family appointment blocks
- Mouth guards
- Emergency care
Call your Portland Dentist today!
If you’re looking for a skilled and compassionate dentist in Portland that will take the best care of you and your family, you’ve come to the right place! If you have any questions about pediatric dentistry, or would like to schedule an appointment with your Portland dentist – Dr. David Case at Family Dental Health – give us a call today at (503) 977-3400.
*Dr. David Case is a general dentist providing pediatric dentistry services.