about pediatric dental care from aquila dental
If you’re a new parent, dentistry may not be the first thing on your mind. However, it’s important to teach your children about dental hygiene early, and ensure that they become comfortable visiting the dentist regularly.
Dr. Higgs, our Chandler dentist at Aquila Dental, takes an informative, patient-focused approach to pediatric dentistry. Our facility has been designed to be comfortable, child-friendly, and approachable, allowing us to provide excellent dental care for you and your children.
Still have questions? Read on for answers!
what are the development stages of baby (primary) teeth?
The first teeth typically begin to grow from 6-12 months of age. Once the first baby tooth has erupted, you should begin brushing it with a baby toothbrush. These toothbrushes use a small, soft head and large handle that makes it easy to brush your child’s teeth.
Most children have a set of 20 primary teeth by age 3. From ages 3-6, the teeth should be brushed using a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste. The ADA recommends that you brush your child’s teeth for them until they’re coordinated enough to tie their own shoes – usually around age 6.
From age 6-12, your child’s jaw will grow, and their permanent teeth will begin replacing their baby teeth. Typically, all permanent teeth (except wisdom teeth) will have erupted by age 12.
when should my child’s first dental visit be scheduled?
You should schedule your child’s first dental visit as soon as their first tooth erupts. You’ll want your child to continue seeing a pediatric dentist every 6 months, just like you.
At your child’s first dental visit, Dr. Higgs will gently examine their teeth and gums to ensure that their primary teeth are erupting properly and look healthy. X-rays may be taken if tooth decay is suspected, and to track the progress of primary tooth eruption.
Fluoride treatments are often used to prevent cavities in young children who are at risk of tooth decay, while regular teeth cleanings may be required for older children.