What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two or three years of specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

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When should my child first see a dentist?

“First visit by first birthday” is the recommendation from the American Dental Association and Dr. Chan. Your child should visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between six and twelve months of age. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s teeth and gums and help us detect any issues [...]

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Why so early? Do babies have dental problems?

Dental problems can begin early and it’s important to begin healthy habits and a prevention program as soon as possible. A big concern is Early Childhood Caries (also known as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing caries). Your child risks severe decay from using a bottle during naps or throughout the night or when they [...]

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How should I brush my child’s teeth and gums?

For babies: Massage the gums with an infant finger brush or washcloth just prior to the eruption of the first primary tooth. This will prepare your baby for daily dental care and may help alleviate teething discomfort. When the first tooth erupts: Use  a soft-bristled toothbrush in a circular motion on all surfaces, especially along [...]

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When should my child brush on their own?

A good rule of thumb is to let them start brushing as soon as they can write their name in beautiful, cursive handwriting—usually between 6 and 7. By this time, they will then have the proper dexterity to hold the brush correctly and brush properly. 

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Should I use regular toothpaste or children’s toothpaste? Should I use mouthwash?

Between the age of 2-3 years old, it’s time to integrate fluoride toothpaste. You may use a small smear size amount of adult toothpaste or children’s toothpaste—though they may find the flavor of children’s toothpaste more appealing. Look for a fluoride toothpaste with the American Dental Association Seal. Just make sure children spit out and [...]

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How can I prevent tooth decay from a bottle or nursing?

Avoid putting anything other than water in their bedtime bottle.  Bottles of milk and juice left in the baby’s mouth can cause a lot of decay and damage. At-will nighttime breast-feeding should also be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt. 

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