At what age do I bring my child in for the first dental check-up?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a child should see a pediatric dentist no later than the first birthday.
Do I clean my baby’s teeth?
Use a soft toothbrush made for infants two times a day if possible. The best time for tooth brushing is before bedtime. Dr. Matt and his team will show you how to care for your child’s teeth. Baby teeth help your child: talk, chew their food properly, and lay the foundation for a lifetime of great oral health.
What is the different between a family dentist and a children’s dentist?
Pediatric dentists are specially trained to care for your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout childhood, and beyond to adulthood. Pediatric dentists complete two extra years of specialized training after dental school.
Does thumb sucking or pacifiers damage my child’s teeth?
Thumb sucking and pacifiers often can be very soothing for children. If use continues past three, talk to Dr. Matt.
Should my child get sealants?
Food particles often get trapped in hard-to-reach places. Dental sealants fill in the dips and valleys of your child’s teeth to protect the teeth from decay.
When should I start using toothpaste on my baby’s teeth?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends cleaning your baby’s gums with a washcloth or infant toothbrush and water. When the first tooth appears, start using a small smear of toothpaste at least once a day.
Can I go back with my child for their dental cleanings?
Of course, we welcome and encourage parents to come back and take an active part in your child’s cleaning & check-up.
How often should my child have a dental check-up?
It is recommended to visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning. Dr. Matt will also exam the growth and health of your child’s teeth & jaws and check for decay.