Christian Thomas DMD
16223 Miramar Parkway
Miramar, FL 33027
Monday - Thursday 9-5:30, Saturday 9-2
For many children, the idea of going to the dentist can be intimidating. The environment is new and the experience is so out of the ordinary, it is natural to experience some alarm. While it isn’t in a child nature to specifically fear the dentist, it is in their nature to fear the unknown—which is what the dentist is, at first.
Pediatric dentistry is our specialty, and we excel at removing the mystery that surrounds the dentist so that your child will feel prepared and empowered. Before treatment begins, we will make sure your child understands everything that will be happening, and even the tools we will use. Your child’s comfort and ease is our top priority.
The younger your child begins seeing the dentist, the easier the process will be. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children visit the dentist by the date of their first birthday. This allows your child to receive the proper care for his or her baby teeth and to learn good oral hygiene habits from the very start.
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As Teeth Erupt
On average, babies will get their first tooth between the ages of 6 and 12 months. Their primary teeth should finish erupting around age 3. Many children will experience some soreness as their teeth come in. Rather than using numbing gels, we recommend that you use a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth to gently massage the gums. It is also a good idea to use teethers.
As the permanent teeth erupt, your child’s primary teeth will fall out. This process should begin at or around age six and the erupting of the permanent teeth can continue up to age 21.
Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits
Even baby teeth must be cared for properly. As sugary drinks and snacks become more and more popular, we are seeing increased instances of tooth decay in the primary teeth. To prevent this decay from occurring, minimize or eliminate sugar foods and drinks. When your child eats a meal, make certain to brush afterwards, but take care to avoid fluoride toothpaste unless the dentist advises you otherwise.
If your child tends to drink a bottle or cup of milk at night, work to eliminate this part of your routine. The sugars in milk can cause decay as they sit on the teeth all night. Take care to check your child’s teeth for discoloration every two weeks, as this can indicate that decay is occurring. If you notice any signs, contact your dentist immediately.
Regular Dental Care
Your child should be seen every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Our pediatric dentistry practice also recommends fluoride treatments at these visits to help keep your child’s teeth strong. We also recommend using sealants to offer teeth increased protection.
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