Baby teeth have a purpose and it is very important they are kept in place until they are lost naturally.
“First visit by first birthday” is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD.org). Your child should visit Dr. Russo or Dr. Jensen when the first tooth comes in, usually between six and twelve months. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.
Dental problems can begin early. A big concern is Early Childhood Caries (also known as baby bottle or nursing caries). The earlier we see the child, the better the chance of preventing dental problems. We will review proper nutrition and how to care for your child’s teeth. Cavities are totally preventable with the right care.
Children should be weaned between 12 and 14 months to avoid damage to their teeth.
The sooner the better! You will need to help your child brush until he/she are around age 8. All teeth that touch need to be flossed daily. Do not use fluoridated toothpaste until your child is able to spit, around age 3.
Good oral health is an important part of total health. When treating children, we often work with pediatricians, other physicians and dental specialists. All young people are served best through this team approach.