Pediatric Dentistry – West Lafayette, IN
At Zundo Family Dentistry in West Lafayette, IN, we want to make your child's visit to our office as enjoyable as possible! Our team makes a special effort to use pleasant, easy-to-understand ways to describe each pediatric dental treatment to your child. We want you and your child to feel welcome from the moment your family arrives at our office!
How often should I take my child to the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child's new teeth are healthy and that your child learns proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning. Children are at high risk for tooth decay because many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. The easiest way to prevent tooth decay is to brush and floss your teeth every day!
When New Teeth Arrive
Your child's baby teeth will begin to appear between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to come in until about age three. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth! Permanent teeth begin to arrive around age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32, if you count wisdom teeth!).
While your baby is teething, his or her gums may feel sore and uncomfortable. To help your child's teeth and gums hurt less while he or she is teething, our dental team recommends that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them, or getting him or her a teething ring.
Adopting Healthy Brushing and Flossing Habits
As your child's teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating. At Dr. Zundo's office, we recommend brushing four times a day - after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner and before going to bed.
Brushing can be fun! When your baby's tooth erupts, brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by Dr. Zundo. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and Dr. Zundo will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact us immediately.
Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups
Your child should visit Zundo Family Dentistry in West Lafayette every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. Tooth decay is caused when sugars left in your mouth turn into an acid, which can break down your teeth.
We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they protect the deep grooves in your child's teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, and we always check to see how they're holding up at your child's regular checkups.