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Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the dental care of children under 16 years old. Our Glendale pediatric dentist knows how to approach children by establishing confidence with them. The dentist talks to the child about the importance of oral cleaning, how to make teeth strong and ways to prevent cavities. An important role of a pediatric dentist is to maintain primary teeth until they are naturally lost.

Age One Dental Visit

Parents often ask, "When should my child first see a dentist?"

We recommend taking your child for a first dental visit before his or her first birthday. More specifically, base the date six months after the first tooth eruption. The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that 1 in 4 children in the United States would get a cavity by age two, which is was prompted the creation of the 1-year dental visit guideline. The visit to the dentist is to address the child´s risk of developing cavities and also to educate the parents on caring for their child´s baby teeth, as many first time parents may not know what to do.

After this first visit, the dentist will suggest a schedule of follow-up visits, usually in 6 months' time. However, this schedule may vary based on what is observed during this first visit and according to your child´s needs. As your child begins to grow, our dentist and dental staff in Glendale can help you learn how to prevent common oral problems.

Tooth Tips For Tots

Tooth brushing for kids should start as soon as the first tooth erupts. It is even recommended that you begin cleaning your infant´s mouth and gums with a damp washcloth beforehand. Below are some tips to help get you and your child on the right path to healthy teeth:

  1. Start early. Schedule a first dental visit by the first birthday and begin brushing as soon as a tooth erupts.
  2. Create healthy habits. Brush at least twice a day!
  3. Avoid the famous "baby bottle" decay. Never put your child to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water.
  4. Skip the juice. It is linked to childhood obesity and tooth decay.
  5. Be patient. Many children often don´t like brushing at all. Whatever your case may be--this too shall pass.

Preventing Cavities in Kids

The best method of preventing cavities are good brushing habits and excellent oral care. For infants, use a wet gauze or washcloth to clean teeth and gums after each bottle. You can also use a wet toothbrush. Children with teeth should NEVER go to bed with a bottle that has anything other than water. Older children should brush their teeth at least twice a day and consume a healthy, balanced diet with a limited sugary snacks or drinks.

Routine dental visits are also necessary, usually every six months or before if your child presents any discomfort or odd dental condition for routine cleaning and a dental exam. Schedule a visit with our dentists in Glendale to start your child on a lifetime of good health!

Teething

Teething usually starts in infants between four and seven months old, and can often be a stressful time for both the parent and child. Even though many doctors disagree that teething causes these symptoms, many parents report fussiness, diarrhea, and fevers during teething. Even though this is a highly stressful time that usually spans into months, there are a variety of things you can do to ease your child´s discomfort while teething:

  • Give your child something to chew on like a firm, rubber teething ring or washcloth This often relieves pain and reduces the itching your child may feel in the gums, temporarily.
  • Give your child a small dose of pain reliever (check with your pediatrician first, and always double-check the proper dosage information).
  • Use topical rubbing gel (remember not to use too much, as this can numb your child´s throat, reducing the gag reflex which can increase the hazard of choking).

Teething only lasts a few months and soon teething will be a thing of the past. Don´t forget to schedule a first dentist visit with us in Glendale before the first birthday!

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