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When should i start to be concerned about my baby's dental care?

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Dr. Scott Katz answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

3 years: The american academy of pediatrics (aap) recommends dental visits starting at age 3, unless there are any problems or concerns. However, dental care should begin as soon as the first teeth appear, and can include cleaning the teeth twice daily with a clean burp cloth or toothbrush. Babies should never be placed in their beds with a bottle/sippy cup as this is the leading cause of cavities.

Answered 10/5/2020

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

1 years: Once a tooth erupts it should be cared for with a washcloth, fingerbrush, or infant toothbrush. No toothpaste necessary. Dental visits can start anytime. I generally recommend a first dental visit at 3 years of age, unless there are problems that arise sooner in life.

Answered 10/5/2020

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Dr. Cristina Carballo answered

Specializes in Neonatology

1st tooth: Usually once the first tooth erupts i suggest to parents to make a dental visit. This help start the routine for both parents and child about mouth hygiene. It also can address early problems that develop more quickly, with less intervention needed.

Answered 9/16/2012

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Dr. Dennis Kelley answered

Specializes in Dentistry

As soon: As your baby gets his or her first teeth. You should brush your baby's teeth with a soft bristled baby toothbrush and see your dentist when your child is approximate 2 1/2 to 3 years of age to start the cleanings. It's also important to remember not to give them sugary drinks or some fruit juices in their baby bottles at night as they can develop the condition called bottle mouth.

Answered 9/7/2013

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Dr. Stanley Siu answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Before birth: Bacteria that causes cavities is most often passed from his/her parents. The healthier the mom's gums are, the less risk there is for giving birth to a child that is underweight and/or premature. Even while your child is a fetus, his/her teeth are starting to form. Taking pre-natal vitamins is helpful as well as making sure mom and dad are taking care of their own teeth and gums.

Answered 2/24/2018

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Dr. James Wright answered

Specializes in Dentistry

EARLY...: It is advisable to learn how you can help to keep your baby cavity free. It is important to get your baby used to the dentist at an early age. I like to see babies introduced to a kind gentle dentist very early on. Bring your baby when you start to see teeth & your dentist can help you start on the path to healthy teeth in the beginning. Nothing but water at night to avoid nursing bottle caries.

Answered 10/5/2020

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Dr. James Beck answered

Specializes in Dentistry

When get teeth: As soon as the first teeth come in. Start brushing so the baby gets used to it. Make sure you brush the teeth daily. This gets him or her used to having a toothbrush in their mouth. Take your baby to the dentist as soon as the first teeth erupt. This gets her used to going there and having people examine her teeth. The baby will probably cry, but that's ok. Start good dental hygiene habits now.

Answered 10/5/2020

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Dr. Peter Certo answered

Specializes in Dentistry

First sign of teeth: Once your child start to 'cut' teeth, start brushing them to get them used to having it done. Ada saying 18 months...Good luck with that. Best advice i give is to start bringing them 18-24 months with you to your check-up and have the hygienist or dentist look at his/her teeth. Most children are receptive, esp if a toy is involved. Bribery works! if they don't cooperate, try pediatric dentist.

Answered 6/8/2017

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Two milestones: 1st Dental Examination as soon as 1st baby tooth erupts, but no later than 1st b'day, preferably by a Pediatric Dental Specialist. 1st Orthodontic Examination as soon as 1st Permanent Tooth erupts, but no later than 7th b'day. See dento-facial growth and development caregivers, Pedodontist and Orthodontist.

Answered 12/13/2017

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