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Kids Dentist – Infants and Toddlers

When Do Babies Go To The Dentist?

It is important to stay current with your child’s dental hygiene as soon as they start to get their teeth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that kids have their first dental checkup within six months of their first tooth or their first birthday, whichever comes first.

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Toddler patient at Front Row Pediatric Dentistry in Ellicott City meeting with Dr. Milo, smiling

What Happens At The Baby’s First Dentist Appointment?

Exams for your little one can be done while you hold your child in your lap. Your baby’s first dental visit is essential in establishing lifelong healthy dental habits. Our primary goal for this visit is to answer questions and educate parents on how to start a plan for excellent oral health, what to anticipate as teeth continue to come in, tips and tricks for cleaning your child’s mouth and teeth, and nutritional advice. The pediatric dentist will then examine the baby’s teeth and gums.

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Teeth Cleaning

Prevention is key to avoiding cavities, fillings, crowns, or other dental work, and it all begins with excellent oral health care. Regular pediatric dental checkups and teeth cleanings every six month help inspire the importance of dental care in your child.

Emergency Dental Care

Emergency Care at Front Row is the perfect way for children to get their teeth fixed in a safe and short amount of time. In addition, by diagnosing and treating dental issues in a pediatric patient, you can help ensure that the child’s overall health is stable.

Special Needs

All kids are special, but we recognize that some kids have distinctive needs. Our clinical space is designed to be private so we can customize the experience for our kids with special needs. 
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Taking You Toddler To The Dentist

Taking your toddler to the dentist can be intimidating, but the Front Row Pediatric team is here to help. We want you to be prepared and know what to expect. The pediatric dentist will likely check your toddler’s teeth and gums, perform a professional cleaning, and take x-rays. In addition, the dentist may discuss oral care with you and your toddler during the appointment, such as brushing and flossing techniques and dietary advice.

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4 Tips On How To Prepare Your Toddler For Their Dental Visit

  1. Explain that it is important to care for their teeth and that the dentist will help make them look bright and shiny
  2. It can be helpful to read children’s books about going to the dentist or watch videos online so they can become familiar with what to expect.
  3. Explain to your toddler what the dentist does and what will happen throughout the visit. This will help them understand the process and alleviate some of their anxiety.
  4. Make sure your toddler gets plenty of rest the night before their appointment.

Infant and Toddler Dentist FAQ

How do dentists clean toddler teeth?

When taking care of toddlers, dentists clean their teeth thoroughly. The process involves several steps, including a visual examination of the mouth, tooth brushing, and flossing.

Do dentists fill cavities in baby teeth?

Tooth decay in baby teeth can lead to infection and pain that can be highly uncomfortable for a young child. In addition, cavities and other damage to baby teeth can lead to more severe problems, like impacting the permanent adult teeth when they come in. Fortunately, dentists can fill cavities and provide other treatments to protect baby teeth, keeping them healthy and strong.

What happens if my toddler chips a tooth?

Although the situation may seem dire, it is important to remain calm and take the correct steps to deal with the issue. The first step is to assess the extent of the injury. If the chipped tooth is only a small fragment, it is best to bring your child to a dentist and have them examine the damage.

When should my child start seeing a dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry urges parents to begin taking their children to the dentist when their first tooth erupts or no later than their first birthday.

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