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Birth to Age 2

Birth to Age 2


Is Chewing Gum Healthy for my Child?

Chew away! Mom's, don’t be too quick to say no when your child picks up a pack of gum in…


What about thumb sucking and pacifiers? Will these habits affect my child’s teeth?

Thumb sucking and pacifier use usually do not cause problems unless your child continues this habit for a long period…


Is my child getting enough fluoride?

The answer is most likely yes, but your pediatric dentist can help you evaluate your child.  Most water sources in…


What role does sugar play in tooth decay?

There are three things needed to produce a cavity: bacteria, a susceptible tooth (not sealed) and sugar.  Everyone has some…


What kind of toothpaste is best?

Any fluoridated children’s toothpaste approved by the ADA (American Dental Association) will work well.  Your child may have a preference…


When should we begin using toothpaste?

Your child is ready for a smear of fluoridated toothpaste after the first tooth erupts.  Once your child is able…


What about bottles and Sippy cups?

Your child should never be allowed to take a bottle or Sippy cup to bed filled with milk or juice. …


Are baby teeth really important?

Baby teeth, or primary teeth, serve an important role in the development of your child’s overall dental health by providing…


What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?

You may use a piece of damp sterile gauze or a damp clean washcloth to wipe the baby’s teeth. You…


What can I do to help my child during teething?

Try these tips to sooth teething pain: Massage your baby's gums with a clean finger, moistened gauze pad or damp…


What can I expect when my child begins teething?

There are wide variances in timing, but many babies will begin to show signs of tooth eruption around 4 months…


When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

We strongly advise that a child establish a “dental home” by age one, which is also recommended by the American…


Why should I take my child to a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat a child who is having his or her first  dental visit, treating…


What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of infants, toddlers, children and teens.  After…

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