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Pediatric Dentistry: The Importance of Dental Care for Your Baby
We all know that the oral health of our children is crucial, and we certainly impress upon them the importance of dental hygiene. We make them brush their teeth and we limit their sugar intake. But many of us fall into the trap of underestimating the importance of professional dental care in kids.
Is it really that important to brush my baby's teeth?
Absolutely. Food particles can become trapped in the teeth and gums of young children just the same as ours, and this can lead to festering bacteria and serious dental problems down the line. As soon as your baby begins teething, you should start thoroughly cleaning his or her teeth and gums. This can be done at first with a damp cloth or dental wipes, eventually graduating to use of a soft-
What will my child's dentist do at his or her first dental appointment?
With young children, the parents are typically invited into the exam room with the patient. (For older children, some dentists ask the parents to remain in the waiting room to avoid distraction -
What kind of toothpaste should my infant use?
An infant is too young to use fluoride toothpastes, as they are too young to spit the toothpaste out and typically wind up ingesting the fluoride. Therefore, non-
What about sucking devices like pacifiers? Will they damage my child's teeth?
Yes, if the habit is carried on for too long. Beyond age three or so, sucking habits such as pacifiers and thumb-