Your pediatric dentist in Reynoldsburg is all about caring for our community’s littlest smiles. From infants to toddlers, to adolescents and teens, we’re committed to providing dental care for each stage of your child’s growing years. But today, we want to focus on our youngest patients — infants and toddlers. Both of these age groups require extra special dental care that may be different from an adolescent, teen, and adult care.
Even though your baby probably doesn’t have teeth yet, and they might not for a few more months doesn’t mean that they don’t still need some form of dental care. Your pediatric dentist in Reynoldsburg wants you to know that taking care of your baby’s oral health early can reduce the risk of tooth problems later on and introduces them to dental care early. But what exactly do you do for a baby with no teeth?
From the time your baby is born until their about six months old, you should:
As your baby grows, so will their teeth. You can expect to see their first tiny tooth between six and eight months old, which is when you should schedule an appointment with a Reynoldsburg pediatric dentist. It’s also when you should start introducing your little one to a toothbrush.
During the ages of six to eight months:
By the time your baby becomes a toddler, you will have experienced a lot of firsts — a first tooth, first steps, first word, and hopefully first dental appointment. If you haven’t seen a pediatric dentist yet, make sure you get your child in for a visit by their first birthday and make sure to see us every six months. These visits help protect tiny teeth from cavities and ensure that they’re healthy and holding the palace for permanent adult teeth.
Don’t forget to continue caring for their smile at home by:
– Brushing teeth with a wet toothbrush, checking for discoloration, and weaning bottle and pacifier use. All pacifier use and thumb sucking should subside by age 3.
– Begin brushing your child’s teeth with a pea-size amount of toothpaste at age 2. Use this time to teach them how to brush their teeth in small circles as well as spit the toothpaste into the sink instead of swallowing it.
– By 30 months, your little one would have all of their baby teeth, which makes regular brushing really important to protect their pearly whites from cavities.
If your child is approaching their first birthday and hasn’t visited a pediatric dentist in Reynoldsburg, we welcome you to give us a call. We’re always accepting new patients and would love to care for your little one’s smile.
As always, our dedication to keeping our patients safe remains our top priority. To help us do that, please be aware of some of the following changes you may see at your next appointment:
Our office has always maintained infection protocols that meet and exceed minimal recommendations, and we will continue to do so. In fact, our standard of care is now being adopted as the industry gold-standard in reducing aerosols.