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

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Dr. Stanley Siu
Dentistry - Cosmetic
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Peter Karsant
At birth. Instead of a pacifier use an adult toothbrush secured on a short strong cord. The bristles will make the tissue feel good and when teeth begin to apprear the hard back will help the tooth break through tissue. The main benefit is when you start brushing your childs teeth you are doing it with a toy and chasing sugar bugs. Keep it light and fun.
Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. James Wright
I agree... Well meaning Mom's can give a baby milk to go to sleep and cause a very serious problem. Nursing Bottle Caries. Please nothing but water at bedtime for babies and children.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Wright
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4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Dennis Kelley
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Peter Certo
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Peter Certo
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Dr. Cristina Carballo
Pediatrics - Neonatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cristina Carballo
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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