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Should I clean my 12-month-old’s teeth?

14 doctors weighed in
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In brief: Absolutely

Oral hygiene is an essential part of one's health and personal grooming.
You my find that parental supervision may be required well into adolescence to insure proper care. ANS don't forget that profession visits for your child should start at about 2 1/2 years old.

In brief: Absolutely

Oral hygiene is an essential part of one's health and personal grooming.
You my find that parental supervision may be required well into adolescence to insure proper care. ANS don't forget that profession visits for your child should start at about 2 1/2 years old.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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Dr. Media Najafi
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Use a gauze and wipe off the plaque off the teeth or if possible use a small brush.
The point is to not let plaque sit on the teeth.

In brief: Yes

Use a gauze and wipe off the plaque off the teeth or if possible use a small brush.
The point is to not let plaque sit on the teeth.
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2 comments
Dr. Marina Armendariz
You can use a wash cloth to clean your baby's teeth or you can use a soft baby tooth brush.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
I went right to brushing my own children's teeth as soon as their teeth started showing in their mouth.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Soda, Pops, Teeth

Drinking sodas is never a good thing.
Having said that, the next best thing is to immediately brush teeth soon after drinking sodas. Also if you want to drink soda it's best to drink it all in a few minutes as opposed to sipping over an hour or so.

In brief: Soda, Pops, Teeth

Drinking sodas is never a good thing.
Having said that, the next best thing is to immediately brush teeth soon after drinking sodas. Also if you want to drink soda it's best to drink it all in a few minutes as opposed to sipping over an hour or so.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. Robert Smith
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No dual specialty!

I know several pediatric dentists that have been trained in ortho and do it on a daily basis but you can not be board certified in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontia.

In brief: No dual specialty!

I know several pediatric dentists that have been trained in ortho and do it on a daily basis but you can not be board certified in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontia.
Dr. Robert Smith
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Dr. Robert Smith
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Your pediatrician is a good place to start

Getting a referral from your pediatrician is a good place to start.
Check out their referrals on sites like yelp if you want other peoples ratings. Make sure they are board certified and i suggest that it be a "kids only" practice instead of a family practice.

In brief: Your pediatrician is a good place to start

Getting a referral from your pediatrician is a good place to start.
Check out their referrals on sites like yelp if you want other peoples ratings. Make sure they are board certified and i suggest that it be a "kids only" practice instead of a family practice.
Dr. Robert Smith
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Dr. Robert Smith
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Board Certified!

Look for a diplomat of the american board of pediatric dentistry.

In brief: Board Certified!

Look for a diplomat of the american board of pediatric dentistry.
Dr. Robert Smith
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1 comment
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Have him brush them first them check his brushing with a plaque disclosing rinse. by 12 he should be proficient at tooth brushing. he may need a little guidance though. developing good oral habits early will serve him well for his lifetime. At his next cleaning ask the dental hygienist how his brushing is and have her give him brushing instruction.
Dr. Robert Smith
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: YES! Spiffies are great for this!

Oral health care starts before birth among our patients under four, tooth decay remains as one of the most challenging and difficult problems we face.
The decay process will begin in a child’s mouth well before the age of three. It makes good sense to start a comprehensive preventative program before that. The american academy of pediatric dentistry recommends that the first dental examination be made at 12 months of age. Many have suggested visits be scheduled as soon as the first tooth appears, which is six months for the average child. Many pediatric dentists prefer to schedule informative consultations with mother before the child is born. For families with an extensive history of tooth decay, we follow that recommendation.

In brief: YES! Spiffies are great for this!

Oral health care starts before birth among our patients under four, tooth decay remains as one of the most challenging and difficult problems we face.
The decay process will begin in a child’s mouth well before the age of three. It makes good sense to start a comprehensive preventative program before that. The american academy of pediatric dentistry recommends that the first dental examination be made at 12 months of age. Many have suggested visits be scheduled as soon as the first tooth appears, which is six months for the average child. Many pediatric dentists prefer to schedule informative consultations with mother before the child is born. For families with an extensive history of tooth decay, we follow that recommendation.
Dr. Robert Smith
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Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Baby brush

Use a toothbrush designed for infants and flouride free tooth paste.

In brief: Baby brush

Use a toothbrush designed for infants and flouride free tooth paste.
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In brief: A few more

The ada recognizes the above plus 2 more: public health dentist and prosthodontist and the sub-specialty of maxillofacial prosthodontics.

In brief: A few more

The ada recognizes the above plus 2 more: public health dentist and prosthodontist and the sub-specialty of maxillofacial prosthodontics.
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
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In brief: "The Nerve"

Pulpitus is the inflammation of the nerve tissue and it is usually reversible or irreversible, DX after testing with hot and or cold stimulus.
The root canal is a common treatment for irreversible pulpitus.

In brief: "The Nerve"

Pulpitus is the inflammation of the nerve tissue and it is usually reversible or irreversible, DX after testing with hot and or cold stimulus.
The root canal is a common treatment for irreversible pulpitus.
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In brief: Minimal

I agree the exposure is minimal.
The information found in those x-rays is so valuable that it would be silly to let fear of this minimal exposure prevent you from getting the benefit of dental x-rays. Catching small issues before they become big issues is the name of the game.

In brief: Minimal

I agree the exposure is minimal.
The information found in those x-rays is so valuable that it would be silly to let fear of this minimal exposure prevent you from getting the benefit of dental x-rays. Catching small issues before they become big issues is the name of the game.
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In brief: Yes!!

Start good habits early.
Use a Fluoride free tooth paste made for young children. Remember tooth decay does not discriminate by age!

In brief: Yes!!

Start good habits early.
Use a Fluoride free tooth paste made for young children. Remember tooth decay does not discriminate by age!
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
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Dr. David May
Dentistry

In brief: Yes

Start to clean their teeth as soon as they have teeth.
Show them by example. You will have to do it for them for years, until they have the fine motor skills to do it themselves.

In brief: Yes

Start to clean their teeth as soon as they have teeth.
Show them by example. You will have to do it for them for years, until they have the fine motor skills to do it themselves.
Dr. David May
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Dental Implants, Failure

Dental implants, once placed, require time to integrate.
This process takes several months. During this period it's not unlikely to experience issues like loss of few bits of bone graft, slight bleeding due to bone bits working their way out, tissue fenestration (tissue shrinkage) over the top of the implant. Your best step is a visit to your dentist dentist to assess the situation and come up with proper answers.

In brief: Dental Implants, Failure

Dental implants, once placed, require time to integrate.
This process takes several months. During this period it's not unlikely to experience issues like loss of few bits of bone graft, slight bleeding due to bone bits working their way out, tissue fenestration (tissue shrinkage) over the top of the implant. Your best step is a visit to your dentist dentist to assess the situation and come up with proper answers.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Dental Implant, Failure

Signs of failing dental implants include: bone loss (evident on dental x-ray) bleeding exudate discharge (pus) abscess pain mobility of the implant (loose implant) gum recession around the implant of course, a visit to your dentist for evaluation is definitely necessary.

In brief: Dental Implant, Failure

Signs of failing dental implants include: bone loss (evident on dental x-ray) bleeding exudate discharge (pus) abscess pain mobility of the implant (loose implant) gum recession around the implant of course, a visit to your dentist for evaluation is definitely necessary.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Immediate Placement of Dental Implant

Yes! dental implant (or implants) can be placed immediately.
We do them on a daily basis in our clinic. Of course, a complete exam, work up, discussion of the treatment options should be done first.

In brief: Immediate Placement of Dental Implant

Yes! dental implant (or implants) can be placed immediately.
We do them on a daily basis in our clinic. Of course, a complete exam, work up, discussion of the treatment options should be done first.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Dental Implants, Cumadin

Yes, if you are otherwise healthy, your inr is less than 3 and can get a medical clearance from your physician.

In brief: Dental Implants, Cumadin

Yes, if you are otherwise healthy, your inr is less than 3 and can get a medical clearance from your physician.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Dental Etching

Etching enhances retention and longevity of the composite fillings and sealants.
It also helps better isolation of the site being filled against penetration of the bacteria. Of course, it should be accompanied with adequate oral hygiene.

In brief: Dental Etching

Etching enhances retention and longevity of the composite fillings and sealants.
It also helps better isolation of the site being filled against penetration of the bacteria. Of course, it should be accompanied with adequate oral hygiene.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Tooth Cleaning, Pain

Regular dental cleaning should not be painful.
However, if gum disease (periodontitis) is present then you need more than regular cleaning. The process is known as scaling/root planing which will require local anesthetics.

In brief: Tooth Cleaning, Pain

Regular dental cleaning should not be painful.
However, if gum disease (periodontitis) is present then you need more than regular cleaning. The process is known as scaling/root planing which will require local anesthetics.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Tooth Decay, Fruits

Tooth decay is a function of dental plaque, sugar metabolism and acid production as a byproduct of such metabolism. Eating fruit is good and highly recommended for health.
However, one needs to brush soon after eating anything including fruits. So enjoy your fruit and then brush. "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" but not the dentist. :).

In brief: Tooth Decay, Fruits

Tooth decay is a function of dental plaque, sugar metabolism and acid production as a byproduct of such metabolism. Eating fruit is good and highly recommended for health.
However, one needs to brush soon after eating anything including fruits. So enjoy your fruit and then brush. "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" but not the dentist. :).
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Etching, Dental Fillings, Sealants

Acid etching creates micro-porosities on the surface of the teeth for penetration of the sealant material (composite material).
It enhances retention and longevity of the filling. It also serves to seal out the bacteria form entering in the area that's sealed.

In brief: Etching, Dental Fillings, Sealants

Acid etching creates micro-porosities on the surface of the teeth for penetration of the sealant material (composite material).
It enhances retention and longevity of the filling. It also serves to seal out the bacteria form entering in the area that's sealed.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Dental Filling, Tooth Decay

It is not unusual or unheard of to lose dental fillings.
However, if it happens it means there is something wrong and you need help. It's best to see your dentist asap to prevent further issues like toothache, abscess, etc.

In brief: Dental Filling, Tooth Decay

It is not unusual or unheard of to lose dental fillings.
However, if it happens it means there is something wrong and you need help. It's best to see your dentist asap to prevent further issues like toothache, abscess, etc.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Oral infection, Dental abscess

An abscess is culmination of an infection.
When a patient is presented with an abscess among the steps taken for addressing the issue "incision & drainage". Or in another word "popping" the abscess. However, it's the first step in a series of steps taken to a treat the infection. Therefore, you have done the first step yourself. Now you have to see your dentist to get to identify the cause and do the take the proper steps for treatment.

In brief: Oral infection, Dental abscess

An abscess is culmination of an infection.
When a patient is presented with an abscess among the steps taken for addressing the issue "incision & drainage". Or in another word "popping" the abscess. However, it's the first step in a series of steps taken to a treat the infection. Therefore, you have done the first step yourself. Now you have to see your dentist to get to identify the cause and do the take the proper steps for treatment.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Dental caries, tooth decay

Tooth decay/caries is a process and takes time to develop and become visible.
In its earlier stages it can be stopped and perhaps reversed.

In brief: Dental caries, tooth decay

Tooth decay/caries is a process and takes time to develop and become visible.
In its earlier stages it can be stopped and perhaps reversed.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Dental rubber dam

It's main use is in performing root canals.

In brief: Dental rubber dam

It's main use is in performing root canals.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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