Children start out with 20 primary or baby teeth, 10 on top and 10 on the bottom. These teeth will begin erupting around age 6 mo, and are generally all erupted around age 3. Children begin to loose their primary teeth around age 6, and all adult teeth, except the wisdom teeth are usually erupted around age 12-13.
Regular dental cleanings and exams are important to detect and screen for dental health problems before they become serious. The American Academy of pediatric dentistry recommends finding a dental home for your child by their first birthday, or within 6 mo of eruption of their first tooth.
How to prevent early childhood caries?
Home Care for Children:Starting at birth clean your infants gums with a soft infant toothbrush, or washcloth and water. When the first teeth begin to erupt start brushing your child’s teeth twice daily using only a smear of toothpaste for children under 2, and a pea sized amount for children 2 and up. Young children often need parental assistance to effectively brush and floss their teeth.
Dental Sealants: A sealant is a protective plastic or resin coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. They are most commonly applied to 6 and 12-year molars. The sealant prevents food and plaque from causing decay in the deep grooves of these back teeth.
How are Sealants applied? The teeth are first cleaned and the chewing surfaces are prepared to help the sealant material stick to the grooves of the teeth. The sealant is painted onto the tooth and a special light is used to set up or harden the material.
How long do sealants last? Sealants can last several years depending on the bite and home care, and your dentist will regularly evaluate them at your recall appointments to see if sealants need to be reapplied.
Pediatric Care After Fillings and Extractions
The following is a listing of some common concerns after your child has had dental treatment completed.
Numbness Associated with Local Anesthetic
Local anesthetic is the most effective way of eliminating any discomfort that may accompany dental treatment.
The signs of soft tissue trauma from biting are:
What to do:
After Dental Fillings
After the placement of dental fillings (white or silver), teeth may often be sensitive to bo4 cold and pressure for a brief period of time. It is not uncommon for recently filled teeth to require several weeks to feel "normal" again.