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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. suggestions. ? 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).
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