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									From the office of:
Yathi Lingam, DDS
Olympia Smiles, Dentistry For All Ages
2600 Yelm Hwy SE                                                                                                  Pediatric Dentistry
Olympia, WA 98501-4826
(360) 528-4488

AGD:FACTSHEET                                             Compiled for you by the Academy of General Dentistry

                                                PEDIATRIC 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., 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 or call 1.877.2X.A.YEAR (1.877.292.9327).

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