At Children's Crossing, we know that it is perfectly natural to have questions when it comes to caring for your child’s smile. Dr. Michael C. Tew, Dr. Jeffery K. Rupp and associates and our team have provided the answers to common pediatric dental questions in Saratoga Springs, Utah. If you have a question that we have not answered here, or if you would like to schedule your child’s visit with our dentists, call our office at 801-766-4900.
When should I schedule my child’s first dental visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child see a pediatric dentist between 6 and 12 months of age, or when the first tooth comes in. A visit at this stage will help create a “dental home” for your child. Preventive dental care and early exams are important for maintaining your child’s smile now and in the years to come.
Why does my child need a dental visit at a young age?
Early prevention is critical for avoiding dental problems. Food introduces teeth to bacteria and the risk of decay, even in your child’s earliest years. It is also important to help your child establish effective oral hygiene habits from a young age. Dr. Tew, Dr. Rupp and our team are committed to teaching your child proper dental health habits for a bright, healthy smile.
Is thumb-sucking or finger-sucking a reason for concern?
It is completely normal for infants to suck their thumbs. Most children naturally grow out of this habit by age 2. A professional evaluation is recommended for children who continue the habit beyond age 3. Bite problems and crooked teeth could result from prolonged thumb-sucking. If you are concerned about your child’s thumb-sucking tendency, please give our team a call. We will give you the information you need to effectively address your child’s habit.
How soon should I begin cleaning my baby’s teeth?
It is a good idea to begin cleaning your baby’s teeth early. You can even begin cleaning your child’s gums using an infant toothbrush and water. Once your child’s teeth come in, start brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a child’s toothbrush. For more information about maintaining your child’s oral health, please give us a call and schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentists.
What should I expect for my child’s dental checkup?
At a dental checkup, our doctors will review your child’s medical and dental histories. Your child’s teeth, gums and jaws will be gently examined to ensure there is no decay or infection. Next, your child’s teeth will be cleaned and a fluoride solution applied to promote resistance to cavities. Our dental professionals will take the time to talk to your child in a way that is easily understood about how to maintain lasting dental health. We want your child to feel motivated to keep up those habits that contribute to a bright, healthy smile.