Early Dental Care

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

 

At Gentle Smiles of Colorado, we know how it is to be a parent that wants only the best for their kids. You want your kids’ futures to be filled with happiness and free of health and dental problems. That’s why we offer early dental care to the families in Denver, Golden, Wheat Ridge, and the surrounding areas. We are passionate about providing only the best dental care for your children, helping them start their adventure through life with a strong foundation of great oral health and healthy dental habits. Children need specialized dental care and a welcoming environment where they can feel comfortable from day one, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here at our office.

 

What To Do During 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, which usually leads to a crying baby. You can help soothe your baby’s 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 and they’re still being fed with a bottle, you should monitor your baby’s teeth for baby bottle decay.  Bottle decay occurs because sugar in the liquid drink mixes with bacteria in dental plaque to form acids that attack the tooth enamel.  Your baby is a high risk of developing decay if they are left sleeping with their bottle, since saliva production is reduced while they sleep, meaning that the bacteria isn’t washed away and left to sit on the teeth overnight. Even if your baby’s teeth aren’t permanent, damage to the teeth and gums could lead to other dental issues, which can cause other dental problems later in life.    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). If you notice anything, contact your child’s dentist right away.

 

Caring For Your Infant’s New Teeth

Children’s teeth actually start forming before birth. During their 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, so caring for them is of the utmost importance. 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.

 

If your infant is missing any primary teeth by the age of three, they may require a device called a space maintainer, which is used to hold the natural space open for the development of the permanent teeth. 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, which is why our staff has experience working with kids of all ages, and we have a warm, welcoming office that’s kid-friendly. Even if your kids are a little bit older, it’s important that you talk to your kids about the importance of going to the dentist, and letting them know that they can always ask their dentist any questions or concerns that they have.

 

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.  If you have any questions about what your child’s diet should be to promote good oral health, just contact us and we’ll help you!

 

Contact Your Denver Children’s Dentist Today!

If you have any questions or you’re looking to set up an appointment for your kids, 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. Set your kid up for a happy, healthy future today by choosing Gentle Smiles of Colorado! We look forward to helping you and you family achieve perfect and radiant smiles by doing what we do best: providing the highest quality dental care available.