Tooth decay often begins at an early age, making young children particularly susceptible. Nearly half of children between the ages of 2-11 have experienced tooth decay while 32% of kids between the ages of 9-11 develop cavities in their permanent teeth. Major contributing factors to this public health problem include baby formula with added sugar and heavily-sugared fruit juices. Even breast milk can cause cavities in baby teeth because of the natural sugars present.

Care for baby teeth should begin as soon as the first tooth appears. We recommend that you bring your child in for an exam no later than his or her first birthday. Regular six-month checkups will put kids on a schedule like most adults, establishing a routine that will hopefully last a lifetime.

The following early steps can help guard your child against tooth decay, even before their first dental visit:

  • Your baby’s teeth should always be rinsed with water or wiped with a damp cloth after feeding, especially before they fall asleep. Milk or formula residue left in the mouth can encourage decay even in the youngest patients.
  • Try to wean your child off bottle feeding by their first birthday. This helps avoid decay and reduces the chance of developing jaw problems from excessive sucking.
  • Begin brushing as soon as your child’s first tooth appears. Even if it’s barely poking through the gum, a tooth can develop decay if not cleaned properly. Start by brushing with a soft bristled brush and water. Ask our doctors or your child’s hygienist when it’s ok to begin using a small amount of toothpaste.
  • Help your child brush and remember that kids don’t have the dexterity to clean their teeth on their own until after they can tie their shoes.
  • Don’t give bottles filled with sugary drinks or milk before bedtime. If you do choose to offer sugary beverages, have your child use a straw, so the teeth have less contact with the liquid.
  • Try to limit the overall sugary foods your child eats and drinks.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Children dentistry, also known as pediatric dentistry, is a specialized field of dental care that focuses on the oral health of children from infancy through adolescence. It is of utmost importance to prioritize children’s dental health as it lays the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

At Distinctive Dental Concepts, we recognize the significance of pediatric dentistry in providing comprehensive and tailored care for your child’s unique dental needs.

Scheduling your child’s first dental appointment is a critical step in ensuring their oral health. At Distinctive Dental Concepts, we recommend an early start to dental care.

We adhere to the guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, which recommends that your child’s first dental visit should take place by their first birthday. This early visit helps in the early detection of potential dental issues and offers guidance on proper oral hygiene practices for your child.

Preparing your child for their initial dental appointment at Distinctive Dental Concepts is essential to make the experience comfortable and positive.

Our dental team is dedicated to creating a child-friendly environment, and we recommend discussing the dentist visit with your child in a reassuring and positive manner. Being a role model by demonstrating good oral hygiene habits at home can also help alleviate any anxiety your child may have.

Understanding common dental problems in children and taking preventive measures is a cornerstone of our approach to pediatric dentistry at Distinctive Dental Concepts.

Common dental issues in children include tooth decay, gum disease, and malocclusion (misaligned teeth). To prevent these issues, we emphasize regular dental check-ups, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants. Additionally, promoting a balanced diet and limiting sugary snacks are key factors in maintaining your child’s dental health.