It is crucial to ensure that your child’s initial visit to a pediatric dentist is a positive experience. While children are not inherently afraid of dentists, they may fear unfamiliar situations. Our dental practices in Marietta and Canton are dedicated to making these visits pleasant and non-threatening. We use simple and comforting language to explain each treatment, aiming to create a sense of ease for both you and your child as soon as you arrive at our offices. By equipping you and your child with knowledge about the first visit, we strive to enhance your comfort levels.
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According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it is recommended that children have their first dental visit by their first birthday. This early introduction to dental care is essential for ensuring that your child’s newly emerged teeth (typically between 6-12 months) receive the necessary attention and establish good oral hygiene practices from the start.
Tooth decay occurs when sugars present in the mouth convert into acid, which can erode the teeth. Children are particularly vulnerable to tooth decay due to the lack of regular and effective oral hygiene practices. By establishing proper brushing and flossing routines and scheduling regular dental visits, the risk of tooth decay can be significantly reduced. It is recommended that your child visits the dentist every six months for routine dental cleanings and checkups. In order to strengthen the teeth, we advise fluoride treatments twice a year in conjunction with cleanings. Additionally, we suggest the application of tooth sealants to protect the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, ensuring that decay doesn’t develop in these difficult-to-reach areas. While sealants can last for several years, they will be monitored during your regular checkups.
To ensure the health of your child’s emerging teeth, it is essential to examine them every two weeks. Look out for any lines or discoloration that could indicate decay. Keep in mind that sugary foods and beverages can harm new teeth, so it’s important to encourage your child to brush their teeth after meals or snacks. We recommend a total of four brushing sessions per day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and before bedtime. Brushing can be made enjoyable, and your child should start brushing as soon as their first tooth appears. When this happens, parents should brush the tooth using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children under the age of two, avoid using fluoride toothpaste unless advised by a dentist or healthcare professional. It’s advisable to review proper tooth brushing techniques with your child. Flossing is also an important aspect of good oral hygiene habits, and the appropriate time to begin flossing will be discussed with you by your dentist. If you notice any signs of decay, it is crucial to contact your dentist promptly.
The first set of primary, or “baby,” teeth typically start erupting between the ages of 6-12 months and continue to emerge until around age three. During this period, your child’s gums may feel sensitive and tender. To alleviate any discomfort, we suggest gently rubbing the gums with a clean finger or a cool, damp cloth. You may also consider using a teething ring to provide relief. Primary teeth will eventually be shed at different times during childhood, and permanent teeth will begin to erupt around the age of six and continue until about age 21. Adults typically have 28 permanent teeth, but including wisdom teeth, the total count is 32.
Age: 6-10 months
Primary lower central incisors erupt.
Age: 8-12 months
Primary upper central incisors erupt.
Age: 9-16 months
Primary upper & lower lateral incisors erupt.
Age: 13-19 months
First molars erupt. The upper molars generally erupt before the lower molars. The average age of shed: 9-11 years.
Age: 16-23 months
Canines erupt. The upper canines generally erupt before the lower canines. Average age of shed: 9-12 years.
Age: 23-33 months
Second molars erupt. Generally, the lower molars erupt first, followed by the upper molars. Average age of shed: 10-12 years.
Age: 6-7 years
The primary upper and lower central incisors are shed, and the permanent upper and lower first molars and lower central incisors erupt.
Age: 7-8 years
The primary upper and lower lateral incisors are shed, and the permanent upper central incisors and lower lateral incisors erupt.
Age: 8-9 years
The permanent upper lateral incisors erupt and the primary upper first molars are shed.
Age: 9-10 years
The primary upper and lower canines and the lower first molars are shed, and the permanent lower canines erupt.
Age: 10-12 years
The primary upper and lower 2nd molars are shed, and the permanent upper canines erupt, as well as upper and lower first and second premolars.
Age: 11-13 years
The permanent upper and lower 2nd molars erupt.
Age: 17-21 years
The upper and lower 3rd molars (or wisdom teeth) erupt.