When is the time for my baby to have
the first visit to the Pediatric Dentist?
are specially trained dentists capable of taking care of children's oral
health, effectively. A pediatric dentist
is responsible for the oral health of a baby, like a pediatrician is
responsible for its health in general.
The first visit to the pediatric dentist should take place as soon as
the first tooth comes through. During
this first visit, the pediatric dentist will organize and give you a complete
preventive dental program to follow; he/she will also examine the dental
development of your child, will give you advice concerning its nutrition, and
will inform you on how to avoid possible problems.
What are the symptoms related to teething
and what can I do to help my baby?
The usual symptoms
that appear when the primary teeth start erupting are:
and swollen gums
Increased quantity of saliva (salivation)
Anxiety and grumbling
change in nutritional habits
Difficulty in sleep
In general the
symptoms that are related to the appearance of the child’s first teeth are
mild. If you observe fever, rashes,
vomiting or diarrhea, you must visit your pediatrician, because something else,
not related to the teeth, is happening.
In order to relieve
your baby from all these discomforts you must clean its mouth 2-3 times/day
with a wet gauze and give it cold objects -that are manufactured especially for
this purpose- or a cold clean cloth to bite.
can I protect my child’s teeth?
The best way to
protect your child’s teeth is the initiation of correct preventive measures at
a young age. These measures include the
cleaning of teeth, correct diet, the use of fluoride and the frequent visits to
your pediatric dentist. Your aim is to
maintain the teeth’s health until the age of 16-18 years. If you succeed in this, your child will have
healthy teeth for the rest of its life.
should brushing of the teeth start?
We have already
mentioned that the cleaning of the teeth should start as soon as the child’s
first tooth appears in the mouth. Until
the end of the child's second year, a wet gauze or a thin toothbrush can clean
the primary teeth at least once a day, preferably after every meal, without
causing any irritations. As the child
grows, a small and soft toothbrush with a smear layer of toothpaste may be