Early Dental Care In Denver, Golden & Wheat Ridge, CO

At Gentle Smiles of Colorado, we strive to be your choice when you’re looking for a dentist in the Denver, Golden, and Wheat Ridge, CO areas. We make it our mission to provide the highest quality of dental care for all of our patients, no matter how young they are. Developing good dental habits for your child or infant is necessary in order to establish a foundation of great oral health. Children require specialized dental care and we aim to help you understand the importance of children’s dentistry.

Teething

A baby’s first tooth erupts somewhere between six to 12 months of age. When your baby is teething, gums will be sore, tender, and irritable until the age of three. You can help soothe the gums by rubbing them gently with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon, a cold, wet cloth, or a teething ring.

While your baby is teething, you should monitor your baby’s teeth for baby bottle decay. You’ll want to examine the teeth (especially the ones on the inside) every two weeks for dull spots or lines (whiter than the tooth surface). A bottle left in an infant’s mouth while asleep can cause this. This occurs because sugar in the liquid mixes with bacteria in dental plaque to form acids that attack the tooth enamel. When a child is awake, saliva production will carry away the liquid. While asleep, the saliva flow significantly decreases and the liquids will pool around the teeth for long periods, covering the child’s teeth in enamel-eroding acid.

Your Infant’s New Teeth

Children’s teeth actually start forming before birth. During the first 4 to 12 months, the first primary teeth push through the gums. The lower central incisors come in first, followed by the upper central incisors. The rest of the 20 primary teeth usually come in by the age of three. Baby teeth play an important role in dental development. Obviously, children need teeth to chew food and speak clearly, but they also guide the permanent teeth into place when they start to come in around the age of six.

The primary teeth’s health plays a critical role when it comes to the health of the permanent teeth. An infant with missing primary teeth may require a space maintainer, which is a device used to hold the natural space open. Without this maintainer, teeth can tilt toward this empty space and cause permanent teeth to come in crooked. This makes it extremely important to bring your child for regular check-ups at a young age.

Your Child’s First Dental Visit 

A child’s first visit to the dentist should generally be scheduled around their first birthday. A pleasurable initial visit will build trust and put the child at ease for future trips to the dentist. 

Your Child’s Eating Habits

The teeth, bones, and soft tissue of the mouth require a well-balanced and healthy diet. Eating a variety of foods from the five food groups will help avoid cavities and other dental problems. Children should be fed and encouraged to eat foods that promote strong teeth, such as vegetables, cheeses, and low-fat yogurts.

Contact Your Denver Children’s Dentist Today!

If you have any questions or you’re looking to set up an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can call us at (303) 756-2770 for our Denver office, (303) 278-2800 for our Golden office, or (303) 425-5100 for our Wheat Ridge office. We hope to see you soon!