Your Child's Dental Health

Uptown Premier Dental

When should I take my child to see the dentist?

ou should schedule a dental visit sometime around your child’s first birthday. Dr. Vu does not usually see children under the age of 12, so he recommends that you visit a pediatric dentist. We would be happy to refer you to a local pediatric office or click here to find a childrens' dentist in your area.

Does the health of the baby teeth affect the health of the permanent teeth?

Yes, the health of the baby teeth does affect the permanent teeth, so it is important to take care of your baby's oral hygiene. Before teeth start erupting, you can gently cleanse the gums with a moist washcloth.

Once your child has teeth, you can use an age-appropriate toothbrush with soft or extra-soft bristles. The brush should be replaced every three months, on account of wear and tear, and the accumulation of bacteria.

As soon as your child is ready, he or she can be taught how to brush. Use fluoride-free toothpaste if your child tends to swallow the paste and check afterward to see if all the teeth have been cleaned properly.

Make sure your child brushes morning and night and does not eat or drink anything other than water after the final cleaning. Saliva has a neutralizing effect on harmful acids; during sleep, less saliva is produced, and that is when teeth are most at risk of damage.