A pediatric dentist spends two to three years after dental school receiving specialized training in pediatric dentistry. This training includes hands-on experience in meeting the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents. A pediatric dentist also limits their practice to children only.
The general rule of thumb is “first visit by first birthday.” You child should see the dentist approximately six months after their first tooth grows in, but not later than their first birthday. Early checkups and preventive measures build smiles that last a lifetime.
As soon as you can! You can start after birth with cleaning your child’s gums. You can use an infant toothbrush or a simple cloth and warm water. As soon as teeth break through, use a soft infant toothbrush and age-appropriate toothpaste at least twice per day.
Near the age of six months, the two lower front teeth may begin to erupt. Shortly thereafter, the two upper front teeth will follow. The remaining baby teeth should appear within the next 24 months. If you are concerned about how your child’s teeth are growing in, please contact our office. We are the dentist on Wirt Rd.
It is very normal for your child to have sore gums while their teeth are growing in. Some children find comfort in cold items, such as frozen spoons, frozen teething rings, or teething biscuits. Your children’s dentist may also recommend topical medications that are safe for teething children.
Baby bottle tooth decay often occurs with extended breastfeeding. In order to prevent it, a child should wean from breastfeeding after the first teeth begin to come in and other sources of food and nutrition have been introduced to the child. Avoid giving a child a bottle of juice or sugary beverages near naptime and bedtime. If a child must have a bottle at bedtime, water is the best liquid to fill the bottle. Take care to wean your child from bottles between the ages of 12-14 months.
In the long term, yes. Thumb sucking can cause misalignment of the teeth and palate. If you are concerned about your child’s thumb-sucking habits, your pediatric dentist can advise you on how to address this habit for your child’s oral health.
Yes, absolutely! Baby teeth help your child speak and chew naturally, not to mention that baby teeth guide the placement of a child’s permanent teeth. If baby teeth are neglected, that neglect can carry over into a child’s permanent teeth. Therefore, care of baby teeth is crucial for the long-term health of your child’s mouth and smile.
Our BPA-free sealants are clear coatings that are affixed to the surface of a child’s molars. These coverings prevent cavities and tooth decay by keeping food and plaque from nestling in the grooves of a child’s molars. The sealants are quickly and painlessly applied by your pediatric dentist, and they harden immediately. Sealants are recommended for children and adolescents and can last up to 5-10 years.
Toothaches are common and can start for many reasons. Possible causes include an infection, impact, and new teeth breaking through the surface of the gums. Even a small piece of food stuck between the teeth can cause tooth pain. Help your child with their brushing and flossing to see if there is anything visible causing the toothache. Check your child’s mouth for any swelling and for signs of infection, including hot and cold sensitivity, painful chewing, or bleeding. If you suspect that your child may have an infection, please contact our office to set up an appointment as soon as possible. We are available for emergency dental care and offer sedation dentistry for comfort. We don’t want your child to deal with unnecessary pain.
Once you find the tooth, pick it up by the crown (avoid the roots) and clean it with warm water to remove any grime or debris. Try not to handle the tooth as much as possible. Do your best to keep the tooth moist by soaking it in milk or water. Call our office immediately to set up an appointment for emergency dental care.
Before the age of three, do not use fluoridated toothpaste, only use water and a soft infant toothbrush. Once the child is three, help your child with brushing their own teeth. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on a child’s brush and make sure the child doesn’t swallow the excess toothpaste. Make it fun for the child so that brushing their teeth becomes a daily habit!
Studies show that fluoride makes a person’s teeth stronger, decreasing a person’s chance of getting cavities. Drinking tap water is the best and easiest source of fluoride. If the dentist suspects your child is not getting enough fluoride, they may recommend fluoride supplements.
Not yet. Spaces between teeth normally close as the rest of the teeth surround the space grow in. The dentist can determine if this is something to be concerned about and can advise you in how to treat the issue.
Yes, accompanying your child is encouraged because we want you to be an active part of your child’s dental health. Your presence can keep your child calm and comfortable during their visit. Our pediatric dentist and staff welcome you and your questions during each visit.
A combination of things can cause tooth decay – sugar, bacteria, and time. Foods you eat cause the bacteria in plaque to produce acids that will break down tooth enamel. After time and when enough of the enamel breaks down, a cavity will form.
In 2017, the amount of radiation received from a dental x-ray is very small. Even with such small risk, our office is extra cautious to limit a child’s exposure to radiation. Dental x-rays offer less risk than the risks posed by an untreated dental problem.
Providing a mouthguard for your athletic child should be a top priority. A custom fit mouthguard is your child’s best protection from a sports-related dental injury. Contact our dental office in Houston for more information on where and how to fit your child for a mouth guard.
Outstanding customer service is important to us at Kids 4 Ever Pediatric Dentistry. Please contact us with questions or for more information on the services provided by our office. We are the pediatric dentist on Wirt Rd. We want to be your family dental clinic.