Summerville SC Pediatric Dentistry
Baby teeth are important too!
There is a common misconception that baby teeth just “fall out eventually,” so there is no need to maintain them. In reality, baby teeth are important placeholders for permanent teeth, and the early loss of baby teeth can lead to spacing issues as children get older. Dr. Reed Williamson has a heart for children and is compassionate and caring when treating kids of all ages.
When Should I Bring My Child to the Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests all children establish a dental home by the time they are a year old or no more than six months after the first baby tooth erupts. Bringing your child to the dentist at an early age and every six months after helps them get accustomed to the new environment and helps eliminate fears as they grow.
Children begin getting baby teeth around six months and continue until about two years of age. They start losing baby teeth around six years of age and continue until about twelve years old. These time frames are not guaranteed to apply to all children though! Every child is different, and Dr. Williamson is equipped to monitor your child’s growth.
Routine x-ray exams are essential to check the status of growth as well as view in between the teeth to see if “sugar bugs” (cavities) are hiding in those areas. X-rays coupled with professional cleanings and exams every six months can help keep your child’s mouth healthy and can prevent problems that require more extensive procedures.
What Should I Do If My Child Knocks out A Tooth?
If your child falls and hits their tooth, it can be traumatic not only for the child but parents as well. It is important not to panic! If a child knocks out a baby tooth, there is no need to put it back into place. In instances where a permanent tooth is lost, you should seek dental help immediately as timing is critical.
What Can I Do at Home to Keep My Child’s Teeth Healthy?
- Avoid sugary snacks and drinks. This may sound like simple common sense, but even things we perceive as being healthy for our kids like juice can cause cavities if consumed too often.
- Bring your child to the dentist for regular check-ups so that we can fix any problems as soon as possible and avoid more significant issues in the future.
- Help your child with brushing and flossing. Kids may think they are doing a good job, but it is a good idea to help them or monitor their brushing at least once a day.
Schedule an Appointment for Your Child Today!
If it’s time for your child to see a dentist, give Tidewater Dentistry a call so our friendly staff can help. Dr. Williamson always takes the extra time necessary to work with kids and provide a great experience.