From the office of:
Yathi Lingam, DDS
Olympia Smiles, Dentistry For All Ages
2600 Yelm Hwy SE Pediatric Dentistry
Olympia, WA 98501-4826
AGD:FACTSHEET Compiled for you by the Academy of General Dentistry
Does my child need to be taken When will my child lose
to a pediatric dentist? his/her baby teeth?
Pediatric dentists are specially trained to Children will begin losing their teeth at
handle problems particular to children, approximately age 4. They will usually
such as dental developmental difficulties lose their front teeth first. Children will
and root canals on adult teeth that have continue to lose baby teeth until age 12
not fully formed. However, most children or 13 when all of the permanent teeth
are treated by general dentists. A general finally erupt.
dentist often has a relationship with the
entire family and therefore has a great
deal of family history knowledge, which Why is it important to fix baby
may apply to your child. If you’re having teeth that have decay?
trouble deciding on the type of dentist It is very important to maintain baby
to use for your child, ask your family teeth because these teeth hold space for
dentist or your child’s pediatrician for the future eruption of permanent teeth.
If a baby tooth decays or is removed
too early, the space necessary for the
permanent tooth is lost and can only be
When should I take my child regained through orthodontic treatment.
Does AGD offer any resources to the dentist? Infected baby teeth also can cause
The ideal time is six months after your permanent teeth to develop improperly,
for my family and me? child’s first tooth erupts. This is the resulting in permanent enamel defects
Yes! Check out AGD’s Web site, perfect time for the dentist to carefully and weaker teeth.
www.agd.org, to search more than examine the development of your child’s
300 oral health topics, post a dental mouth. Dental problems often start early,
question, sign up for e-newsletters so the sooner the visit occurs, the better. What can I do to protect my
or find an AGD dentist. Or, call Also, your dentist can provide or recom- child’s oral health at home?
1.877.2X.A.YEAR (1.877.292.9327) mend special preventive care to safeguard Clean your infant’s gums with a clean,
to be put in touch with an operator against problems, such as baby bottle damp cloth. Ask your dentist if you may
who will provide the names, tooth decay, teething irritations, gum rub a tiny dab of toothpaste on the
addresses, and phone numbers disease, and prolonged thumb-sucking. gums. As soon as the first teeth come
of AGD members. in, begin brushing them with a small,
soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized
How do I prepare my child and dab of fluoride toothpaste. Help a young
myself for the first visit? child brush at night, which is the most
Before the visit, ask the dentist what important time to brush, due to lower
procedures will be performed so there salivary flow and higher susceptibility to
are no surprises. Plan a course of action cavities and plaque. By approximately
to manage your child’s reaction to the age 5, your child can learn to brush
visit. Some children may be non-coopera- his or her teeth with proper parental
tive. Talk to your child about what to instruction. The best way to teach a child
expect and build excitement as well as how to brush is to lead by good example.
understanding about the upcoming visit. Allowing your child to watch you brush
Bring your child’s medical records to help your teeth teaches the importance of
you complete the medical history forms good oral hygiene.
before the appointment.
> For more information, visit www.agd.org or call 1.877.2X.A.YEAR (1.877.292.9327).